# How to predict and forecast using ARIMA in STATA?

By Priya Chetty on April 29, 2018

After performing Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) modeling in the previous article: ARIMA modeling for time series analysis in STATA, the time series GDP can be modeled through ARIMA (9, 2, 1) equation as below:

ARIMA results as in the above figure can be analyzed through several components:

1. Log-likelihood: the value of log-likelihood is 535.8 which is minimum among all the ARIMA models.
2. AIC & BIC: The value of AIC and BIC is also less than the previous model but only up to 1 point.

## Prediction in ARIMA

To generate the prediction use the command:

`STATA Command: predict chat, y`

The commands ‘predict’ is used for generating values based on the selected model. In the present case, this is a fixed-effect model. Furthermore, ‘chat’ is the term given to the fitted variable of GDP. Lastly, ‘y’ denotes the fitted values. Now a separate variable as ‘chat’ will be created in the data editor window. This is the fitted values of GDP. The command for standard errors is:

`STATA Command: predict stdp`

Furthermore, representing the fitted and actual values together in two-way graph. It shows standard deviations as scattered around the fitted line. For that use the command:

`STATA Command: twoway lfitci  gdp chat, stdp || scatter  gdp chat`

Here,

• ‘two-way’ is for two-way graphs in STATA
• ‘lfitci’ stands for a line of best fit with a confidence interval
• ‘GDP’ is the actual variable
• ‘chat’ is predicted variable
• ‘Stdp’ is estimated standard error
• ‘Scatter’ means scatter plot.

After running the command, the below graph will appear. It shows green dots as actual GDP values, the shaded region as a confidence interval, and straight-line as fitted values.

The above graph shows that the fitted values fully take into account the scattered values of GDP. That means although the mean of both the series are the same, ‘predict’ values of GDP do not differ from actual values of GDP.

## Forecasting

To generate the prediction use the command:

`STATA Command: predict chatdy, dynamic(tq(2017q1)) y`

Here,

The command ‘predict’ is used for generating values based on the selected model. The present case is a fixed-effect model.  Furthermore, ‘chatdy’ is the name for the forecasted variable of GDP. Lastly, ‘dynamic’ denotes the dynamic forecasting of STATA.

Now, a separate variable as chat will appear in the data editor window. This shows the forecasted values of GDP. The forecasted values of GDP for 2017 are:

 Time Period GDP Forecasts 2017 Q1 39333.45 2017 Q2 40220.4 2017 Q3 41081.47 2017 Q4 42014.04

Thus, ARIMA equations are useful in forecasting the values of GDP. However, ARIMA is insufficient is defining the econometrics model with more than one variable. Therefore, multivariate time series is necessary in some cases. The proceeding articles explain the procedure for conducting Vector Auto-Regression (VAR) analysis, which is a popular method of multivariate time series.

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