M Publications

The findings, conclusions and discussions of the M competitions are being published in academic and professional journals aimed at disseminating available knowledge and advancing the theory and practice of forecasting, with the various M competition papers having received more than 6,000 citations so far. In addition, there has been a special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting (IJF) exclusively devoted to the M4 competition. The special issue includes 34 papers, describing the winning methods as wells as discussion papers and commentaries of the various aspects of the competition. It also includes a foreword by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (see here).

The M5 special issue is currently in preparation consisting of 33 papers and scheduled to be published at the end of 2022, with some preprint already made available, including the interesting paper by Brian Seaman and John Bowman, the two top Walmart data scientists (see here).  The list of the 33 papers of the special issue is shown below.

A related publication to the M Competitions is the paper “The future of forecasting competitions: Design attributes and principles” published in Informs the Journal of Data Science (IJDS) (see here).