Improved week-ahead predictions of wind speed using simple linear models with wavelet decomposition


The performance of simple linear models in predicting wind speed can be greatly improved by using wavelet decomposition.

The combined model is capable of making forecasts as far as a week ahead with RMSE below 3 m/s.

In combination with wavelet decomposition AR model performs better than f-ARIMA.


Simple linear methods are widely used for time series modelling and prediction and in particular for the forecast of wind speed variations. Linear prediction models are popular for their simplicity and computational efficiency, but their prediction accuracy generally deteriorates beyond a few time steps. In this paper we demonstrate that the prediction accuracy of simple auto-regressive (AR) models can be significantly improved, by as much as 60.15% for day-ahead predictions and up to 18.25% for week-ahead predictions, when combined with suitable time series decomposition. The comparison with new reference forecast model (NRFM) also shows similar accuracy gain of week ahead predictions. The combined model is capable of forecasting wind speed up to 7 days ahead with an average root mean square error less than 3 m/s. We also compare the performance of AR and f-ARIMA models in wind speed prediction and observe that the f-ARIMA model is no better than the AR model when used in combination with time series decomposition.


  • Wind speed forecasting;
  • Time series decomposition;
  • Auto-regressive models;
  • Fractional-ARIMA models

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