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Forecasting at Scale with Ben Letham from Facebook Data Science
Forecasting is a common data science task with many business applications, such as predicting sales, setting goals, and anomaly detection. However, it is also a specialized skill that lies outside the expertise of many data scientists. This leads to serious challenges in producing reliable forecasts when the number of forecasts to be made in an organization grows beyond the availability of time series experts. Ben Letham from Facebook will join us to talk about their recently-open-sourced Prophet forecasting package, which is designed to be flexible enough to handle a range of business time series while still being configurable by non-experts. We will discuss the details of the Bayesian model implemented in the package and will then do a hands-on demo of constructing a forecasting model in Python. Ben Letham is a research scientist on the Core Data Science team at Facebook. He develops methods for using machine learning to design and analyze field experiments, and turns these methods into tools that are used across the company. He also works on Facebook's open source time series forecasting software, Prophet. He joined Facebook after completing his PhD in operations research at MIT.

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