Managing Risk & Uncertainty
Across the full spectrum of business, managing Risk and Uncertainty is key to success.
Financial Planning & Forecasting
Business Planning & Forecasting
Optimized Pricing Models
Manufacturing Process Optimization
Product Mix Optimization
Project Management Cost / Time Estimation
Minimizing Risk & Uncertainty
Whatever decision you need to make, your decision will be made most robust by the creative use of advanced analytical and statistical tools to minimize Risk and Uncertainty.
There are two key approaches to minimizing Risk & Uncertainty:
Forecasting – Using past data to make the best possible estimate of a future outcome. ARIMA based techniques are excellent for this.
Simulation – Using what you already know about the way elements of a problem interact to make a probability based estimation of future outcomes. Monte Carlo Simulation is excellent for this.
The best approach is always the one that is most appropriate to the type of Risk and Uncertainty you need to control.
We’re always happy to have an initial, no obligation, discussion to establish the best way forward.
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A 260 Day Forecast of GBP v EUR
This is an example 260 day ARIMA forecast along with Monte Carlo Simulation of the GBP v EUR forecast.
Data from 04/01/2000 to 07/07/2019 showing 1,000 historic data points with a 260 data point forecast.
- Forecast is based on the last 5062 days, of which only the last 1000 are showing on the graph.
- Left hand scale is the value of EUR brought by 1 GBP
- Bottom scale is in currency market trading days, counted from the start of the data series.
- Actual history data is shown to the left of the vertical line.
- The ARIMA forecast values are shown by the red line to the right of the vertical line.
- Each of the thin blue lines to the right of the vertical line represent an individual Monte Carlo Simulation. There3 are 100 individual simulations in this model run.
- The orange area in the curve to the right above/below the mean forecast line defines the range on each of the forecast days where the prediction probability is between 5% and 95%, thus the extreme forecasts are excluded.
- The 5% / 95% boundary gets wider the further in time from the last data point due to the buildup of uncertainty.
- The density of simulation forecast line overlap gives the best indication of short term movements.
You should not rely on this example forecast.
How We Do It So Cost-Effectively
Simply put, we use Incremental Prototyping.
For most problems the 80/20 rule is remarkably useful.
By using minimal time and resources we can usually get a clear picture of how how much uncertainty could be removed and what the incremental cost of removing additional uncertainty would be.
Foe most real world problems getting an 80% improvement at minimal cost is often good enough.
To paraphrase an idea conventionally ascribed to Pliny the Elder “If you can frighten an elephant with a mouse, why buy anything bigger than a mouse ?” It may not be a true saying, but it neatly sums up our approach to cost effectiveness.
ARIMA Forecasting Methods
ARIMA – Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average
These models are fitted to time series data to better understand the data and to predict future outcomes (values) in a the time series.
Examples of use would be to predict:
Call center loading
Seasonal sales demand
Short-term exchange rate movements
For those with a technical interest in the ARIMA technique go to the following links:
Monte Carlo Simulation Methods
Monte Carlo Methods – a broad class of computational algorithms that rely on repeated random sampling to obtain numerical results.
These models are fitted to cross-impacting multi-dimensional data to better understand the data and to predict future outcomes (states).
Examples of use would be to predict:
Optimum Pricing to Maximize Revenue
Project Management Cost Estimation vs Budget
For those with a technical interest in the Monte Carlo Simulation technique go to the following links:
David J Romano Associates
We can provide you with the advice you need to manage Risk and Uncertainty.
We can Build, Run and Report the Results from the Risk and Uncertainty models necessary to support your management information needs on a one-off or regular basis.
We can provide the training required to enable you to understand and benefit from the use of the best techniques for Risk and Uncertainty management.
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