Time-constrained fashion sales forecasting by extended random vector functional link model

Y. Yu, Tsan Ming Choi, Chi Leung Hui

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic research


Forecasting is about providing estimation of the future that cannot be observed at the moment. In this chapter, the random vector functional link (RVFL), which is a variation of the artificial neural networks (ANN) model, is used in establishing a fashion sales forecasting model. It is well-known that the RVFL inherits the learning and approximation capability of ANN, while running much faster than the traditional ANN. In order to develop a real world forecasting application, we propose a time-constrained forecasting model (TCFM), implemented by an extended RVFL, in which the user can define the time limit and a precision threshold for yielding the forecasting result. Real datasets collected from a fashion retail company are employed for the analysis. Our experiment has shown that the proposed TCFM can produce quality forecasting within the given time constraint. Future research directions are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFashion supply chain management : industry and business analysis
PublisherBusiness Science Reference/IGI Global
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781609607579
ISBN (Print)9781609607562, 9781609607586
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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