Predicted Trend Value of a Time Series

Predicted Trend Value of a Time Series

A time series shows data on a variable’s outcome in different periods—for example, a time series showing EURUSD exchange rates between a given time interval.

Example of Time SeriesTime series models explain the past and predict the future of a time series using a trend, which is a long-term pattern in a specific direction.

Types of Trends

Linear Trend Models

In a linear trend, the dependent variable changes at a constant amount with time. Consider a time series with a linear trend. The value of the time series at time \(t\) can be expressed as:



\(\text{y}_{\text{t}}\) = Value of the time series at time \(t\).

\(\text{b}_{0}\) = Intercept term.

\(\text{b}_{1}\) = Trend coefficient.

\(\text{t}\) = Time, the independent variable. \(t=1, 2, …, \text{T}\).

\(\epsilon_{\text{t}}\) = Random error term.

The following shows a linear trend of the EURUSD between 05 January 2021 to 06 February 2021.

Euro/USD Historical DataPredicted Value of a Linear Trend

The predicted value of a time series with a linear trend in period five is expressed as:


Out of Sample Prediction

The predicted value of a time series for period \(T+1\) is given by:


Example: Predicted Value of a Linear trend

Given that \(b_{0}=2\) and \(b_{1}=1.6\), the predicted value of y after four periods is closest to:



Log-Linear Trend Models

A log-linear trend analysis relies on an independent variable that changes exponentially over time or grows at a constant rate. It often works better with financial time series.

A time series with exponential growth can be modeled as:



\(y_{t}\) = The value of the dependent variable at time \(t\).

\(b_{0}\) = Intercept term.

\(b_{1}\) = Constant growth rate.

\(t\) = time = \(1,2,3,…,T\).

Taking the natural log on both sides of the above equation generates a log-linear model expressed as:

$$\text{lny}_{\text{t}}=\text{ln ln}(e^{b_{0}+b_{1}t})$$

$$\text{ln ln}\ \text{y}_{\text{t}}=\ \text{b}_{0}+\text{b}_{1}\text{t}$$

The following figure shows different forms of log-linear trends.

Log-linear TrendsExample: Predicted Value of a Log-Linear Trend

If \(b_{0}=3\) and \(b_{1}=1.5\),  the predicted value of y after four periods is:

$$\text{ln y}_{t}=b_{0}+b_{1}t+\epsilon_{t}$$

$$\text{ln y}_{4}= 3+1.5\times4$$



Consider a log-linear trend model with an intercept term of 0.5 and a slope coefficient of 0.10. The predicted value of the trend after six periods is closest to:

     A. 1.1.

     B. 1.6.

     C. 3.0.


The correct answer is C.



Reading 5: Time Series Analysis

LOS 5 (a) Calculate and evaluate the predicted trend value for a time series, modeled as either a linear trend or a log-linear trend, given the estimated trend coefficients.

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