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Time series analysis (FMSN45/MASM17)


  • The next course will be offered fall 2018. Below is the information from last year.
  • The course book can be order online, or in an electronic version here. It is also available at KFS. You will need it.

Course contents

Time series analysis concerns the mathematical modeling of time varying phenomena, e.g., ocean waves, water levels in lakes and rivers, demand for electrical power, radar signals, muscular reactions, ECG-signals, or option prices at the stock market. The structure of the model is chosen both with regard to the physical knowledge of the process, as well as using observed data. Central problems are the properties of different models and their prediction ability, estimation of the model parameters, and the model's ability to accurately describe the data. Consideration must be given to both the need for fast calculations and to the presence of measurement errors. The course gives a comprehensive presentation of stochastic models and methods in time series analysis. Time series problems appear in many subjects and knowledge from the course is used in, e.g., automatic control, signal processing, and econometrics.

Higher education credits: 7,5 Level: A

Language of instruction: The course will be offered in English if non-Swedish speaking students are attending.

Prerequisites: Basic courses in probability and statistics, as well as stationary stochastic processes.

Literature: Andreas Jakobsson, An Introduction to Time Series Modeling (2nd edition), Studentlitteratur, 2015. The book is also available in an electronic version here.

Time: Lectures are held Mondays and Wednesdays 13-15. Exercises are held Thursdays and Fridays; please see the detailed schedule.

Office hours: We offer office hours until 20/12. The lecturer will have office hours in MH:217 on Mondays and Wednesdays 11-12. Filip has office hours Tuesdays 9-10, Ted has Office hours Thursdays 10-11. Without appointment, please respect these hours.

Course material

General material:

Lecture notes and schedule:

  • Week 1:

    • L1: Introduction and overview. Multivariate random variables. [slides 1, 2]
    • L2: Multivariate random variables. Stochastic processes. [slides 3, 4, 5]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 1, 2, 3.1-3.3
    • Textbook problems: 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.4
    • Mini project: [pdf, data]

  • Week 2

    • L3: Stochastic processes. [slides 1, 2, 3]
    • L4: Stochastic processes. Identification. [slides 4, 5]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 3, 4.1-4.2
    • Textbook problems: 3.5-3.10, 3.12-3.15
    • Mini project: [pdf, data]

  • Week 3

    • L5: Identification. [slides 1, 2, 3]
    • L6: Estimation. [slides 4, 5]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 4, 5.1-5.2
    • Textbook problems: 4.1-4.4
    • Mini project: [pdf, data]

  • Week 4

    • L7: Estimation. Model order selection. [slides 1, 2, 3]
    • L8: Residual analysis. [slides 4]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 5
    • Textbook problems: 5.1-5.5, 5.8, 5.10-5.11
    • Computer exercise 1 (see below).

  • Week 5

    • L9: Prediction. Multivariate time series. [slides 1, 2]
    • L10: Multivariate time series. [slides 3]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 6, 7
    • Textbook problems: 6.1-6.8
    • Computer exercise 2 (see below).

  • Week 6

    • L11: Recursive estimation. State space models. [slides ]
    • L12: The Kalman filter. Project discussion. [slides ]
    • Reading instructions: Ch. 8
    • Textbook problems: 7.1-7.4, 8.1-8.2
    • Computer exercise 3 (see below).

  • Week 7

    • Textbook problems: 8.3-8.8


The course examination consist of mandatory computer exercises, a take-home exam, as well as a project. As a part of the examination, a detailed project report should be handed in, as well as the result being disseminated in an oral presentation (about 10 minutes long).

Further details:

  • Computer exercises:

    • You need to sign up for the computer exercises - you can do this here. If you have not signed up for an exercise, you may only attend the session if there are available slots left; otherwise, you will be asked to leave.  

    • Exercise 0. [Do this on your own]
    • Exercise 1.
    • Exercise 2.
    • Exercise 3.
    • Please be aware that you are expected to come well prepared to the computer exercises. If you have not, you may be asked to leave.
  • Project:
    • The project is no longer available.
    • The project examination will take place on 20/12, at 10-12, in MH:362D, or on 12/1, at 13-16, in MH:309A. Choose either of these times; you cannot attend without being ready to present.
    • The project report and the presentation material should be handed in no later than at the start of the presentation. Printed versions of the project report and the take home should be handed in to the course secretary. The slides for the presentation may be mailed as a pdf to the lecturer directly.
  • Take home exam:
    • The take-home exam is no longer available. The exam is due on 15/1, at 13.15.


Advanced courses

After completing this course, you may be interested in the following courses:

Course start

First Lecture:
Monday, October 30, 2017, at 13.15, in Kårhusets Hörsal

Reading periods:


Andreas Jakobsson, 046-222 4520

Teaching assistants:
Filip ElvanderTed Kronvall, Maria Juhlin, Zite He, Carlos Francisco Mendoza, Henning Zakrisson

Course secretary:
Maria Lövgren, 046-222 4577