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Re: Forecasting using Machine Learning methods

Marcelo Bello
- 12/30/2015 22:45:12
Chris, I myself look forward to the day I will have a good integration of Odoo with Lokad, the best demand planning solution that I know of (their quantile algorithm worked best for my business). The beauty of Lokad in my opinion is the output which works for the typical demand planning case but also lets one easily answer a question like "I can buy no more than X dollars worth of goods, what should I buy now?". 

     My point is, if you just want to play with machine learning/AI/neural network stuff then sure go ahead. Now if you instead have real demand from your customers to come up with a solid demand planning solution than I would say go with what is already out there, demand planning is serious stuff, can have a huge impact on the bottom line of your clients and usually people/businesses care about the credentials of who built/maintain their demand planning solution.

     If you happen to check and like Lokad and decide to give it a try, let me know (I am a paying customer of Lokad, using it for more than 2 years now).

Best regards,


On Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM, Chris Jones <> wrote:
I'd like to build a module for demand forecasting that uses neural networks, SVM (Support Vector Machines) or some similar machine learning algorithm. 

The idea would be that you could select in the web interface which objects you wanted to be data points (input) and what you want the output to be (Sales for January 2016, Demand for Product A, etc). 

The thing that makes it powerful is that any data set in ERP could be used, it could be 15 different objects and the algorithm would find associations and correlations that we couldn't intuitively on our own. In my head I can handle 3 dimensions of data that might impact Sales, but my brain will start to turn into mush by 5, let alone 15. 

The module could also let the user specify which module they want to try and possibly upload or specify some data to test against to see which specific algorithm works best. 

I've been doing some work with other machine learning algorithms in C# for a robotics project but I'm still a bit new to it. I know there are some great Python machine learning libraries out there. 

Is anyone interested in this? Thoughts? 

Chris Jones
Open Source ERP Solutions
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