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Time Series - MAT00083H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Fabio Profumo
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module will teach students how to analyse time series data.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module will teach students how to analyse time series data.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should be able to define and apply the main concepts underlying the analysis of time series models. Starting with the different aspects of the concept of stationarity and exploration of real data through to fitting ARIMA models, state space models and producing forecasts. Students should also be acquainted with the concept of non-stationarity and transformations of data to stationarity. Specifically, the students should be able to

1. Compute and interpret a correlogram and a sample spectrum

2. Derive the properties of ARIMA models

3. Choose an appropriate ARIMA model for a given set of data and fit the model using an appropriate package

4. Compute forecasts for a variety of linear models

5. Fit state space models and apply Kalman filter

6. Conduct spectral analysis for stationary time series.

Module content

  1. Time series as stochastic processes. The Markov property. Univariate time series as a multivariate Markov process.

  2. Stationary and integrated univariate time series. Transformations to stationarity. The backwards shift operator, backwards difference operator.

  3. Box-Jenkins approach to time-series modelling. Autoregressive (AR), moving average (MA), autoregressive moving average (ARMA) and autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) time series. Definition and properties. Fitting an ARIMA model to real data.

  4. Forecasting time series data. Simple extrapolation, model based forecasting, exponential smoothing , seasonal adjustment.

  5. Co-integration: Discrete random walks and random walks with normally distributed increments, both with and without drift. Multivariate autoregressive model. Co-integrated time series.

  6. Model identification, estimation and diagnosis of a time series. Diagnosis tests based on residual analysis.

  7. The spectral density function, the periodogram, spectral analysis.

  8. State-space models and Kalman filter


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Time Series
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Time Series
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

Chatfield, C. (2004). The analysis of time series. 6th Edition. Chapman & Hall

Brockwell P.J. and Davis R.A. (1991). Time series: theory and methods. Springer-Verlag

Harvey, A. (1989). Forecasting, structural time series models and the Kalman filter. Cambridge University Press.

Hamilton, J. D. (1994). Time Series Analysis. Princeton University Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.