Marlon Ribunal uses the Prophet library in R to forecast critical information:

I’ve been looking for an easy way to get to learning predictive analysis and forecasting. Prophet provides that path. Prophet is released by Facebook’s Core Data Science Team.

“Prophet is a procedure for forecasting time series data based on an additive model where non-linear trends are fit with yearly, weekly, and daily seasonality, plus holiday effects. It works best with time series that have strong seasonal effects and several seasons of historical data. Prophet is robust to missing data and shifts in the trend, and typically handles outliers well.”

Just to dip my toes into the waters, I tried Prophet’s Quick Start Guide in R.

Let’s forecast the Field Goal Percentage (FG%) of Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers for the next 6 Months.

It’d be critical and important if it were hockey data. Or football data or baseball data or maybe even cricket data (but I don’t understand cricket data and why is that guy still running didn’t he get thrown out or something I don’t get it?).

As far as Prophet goes, it’s a useful library and works well if you’re looking at seasonal time series data.

Kevin Feasel

2018-12-26

Data Science, R