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Order Fulfillment Forecasting at John Deere: How R Facilitates Creativity and Flexibility


Derek Hoffman, Manager of Forecast Analytics, John Deere

In this seminar, Derek will present a selection of real-world example of how statistical analysis and R software is used in the order fulfillment forecasting group at John Deere. The wide range of example types demonstrate the need for creativity in practicing statisticians and the usefulness of a flexible and open source statistical software.

This session will cover:

  • Common good and bad demand forecasting methods found in the industry
  • Commodity forecasting, in particular crop measures
  • Discovering product relationships
  • Use of R as a tool for the data coordinator role
  • R-based analysis as an add-on to commercial forecasting software
  • Optimization of complex production with genetic algorithms written in R

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