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Federal Forecasters Conference FFC/2017

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The 22nd Federal Forecasters Conference

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center

2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20212

Check-In: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Abstract Submissions Due: February 1, 2017

Contest Entry Deadline: February 1, 2017

Register Online By: April 10, 2017 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/federal-forecasters-conference-ffc2017-tickets-29076763382

(Plenary and concurrent session schedule to follow)

There is no charge for participation


The Potential for Big Data in Forecasting

Big data coming from all sorts of new sources represents a new frontier in the data-driven analysis of social, physical, and economic trends. Clearly, there is potential for using big data to develop forecasts; however, many analysts are still more familiar with using traditional types of data and techniques to make forecasts and projections. As forecasters explore the potential for big data, there are important questions about the generalizability, specificity, and accessibility of these data and approaches that need to be answered. Please join us at the 22nd Federal Forecasters Conference where these and other forecasting questions will be discussed.

Suggested Afternoon Sessions Topics

● General topics in forecasting

● Case studies: Using forecasts in policy decision making

● Forecast methodology

● Forecast evaluation

● What can forecasters learn from clicks, and views,

and website traffic data.

~ Sponsoring Agencies ~

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department of Veterans Affairs

Economic Research Service

Internal Revenue Service

National Center for Education Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. Geological Survey

~ Partnering Organizations ~

Research Program on Forecasting,

The George Washington University


Society of Government Economists


Office of Revenue Analysis,

DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer


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