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UK Transmission Datamining Methods for Demand Forecasting at National Grid Transco David Esp A presentation to the Royal Statistical Society local meeting of 24 February 2005 at the University of Reading, UK.

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Introduction National Grid Transco –The Company –Gas Demand & Forecasting Datamining –Especially Adaptive Logic Networks Datamining for Gas Demand Forecasting Framing the Problem Data Cleaning Model Inputs Model Production Scope for Improvement Conclusions Contents

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UK Transmission Introduction to: National Grid Transco

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National Grid Transco (NGT) Part of the NGT Group (www.ngtgroup.com) NGT Group has interests around the globe, particularly the US NGT-UK consists of: National Grid (NG): Electricity transmission (not generation or distribution) Transco (T): Gas transmission

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UK Transmission Introduction to: Gas Demand and its Forecasting at National Grid Transco

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Breakdown of Demand National Transmission System (NTS) Many Large industrials –Large industrials –Gas-fired power stations 13 Local Distribution Zones (LDZs) –Mostly domestic –The presentation will focus on models for this level onlY.

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Forecasting Horizons Within day - at five different times Day Ahead Up to one week ahead

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Gas Demand Daily Profiles

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What Factors Drive Gas Demand? Weather Thermostats Heat leakage from buildings Heat distribution in buildings (hot air rises) Gas-powered plant efficiencies Consumer Behaviour Season (e.g. stay indoors when dark) Holidays Weather-Influenced Consumer Behaviour Perception of weather (actual or forecast) Adjustment of thermostats

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Weather Temperature ( 1ºC = 5 to 6%) Wind ( above 10 Knots 1K = 0.5%) Cooling Power - wind-chill (a function of wind and temperature) ( + Straight, delayed and moving average derivations of all the above ).

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Demand Temperature Relationships

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Temperature Effects

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Millions Cubic Meters (mcm) Percentage Change In Demand Seasonal Temperature Sensitivity of Gas Demand

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Consumer Behaviour Seasonal Transitions (Autumn and Spring) Bank Holidays (Typically -5 to -20% variation) Adjust thermostats & timers in (delayed) response to weather. e.g. protracted or extreme cold spells Weather Forecast Effects Special Events

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: What & Why

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A generally accepted definition: The non-trivial extraction of implicit, previously unknown and potentially useful information from data [Frawley, Piatetsky-Shapiro & Metheus] In practice: The use of novel computational tools (algorithms & machine power). Information may include models, such as neural networks. A higher-level concept, of which Datamining forms a (key) part: Knowledge Discovery from Databases (KDD) Relationship: Knowledge > Information > Data Datamining

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What are they? Relatively novel computer-based data analysis & modelling algorithms. Examples: neural nets, genetic algorithms, rule induction, clustering. In existence since 1960s, popular since Why advantages have they over traditional methods? More automatic –Less reliance on forecasting expertise. –Fewer man-hours (more computer-hours) Potentially more accurate –New kinds of model, more accurate than existing ones –Greater accuracy overall, when used in combination with existing models –Knowledge discovery might lead to improvements in existing models. Datamining Techniques

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Data Cleaning Self-Organizing Map Used to highlight atypical demand profiles and cluster typical ones Adaptable (Nonlinear Nonparametric) Modelling Adaptive Logic Network (ALN) –Automatically produces models from data. –Better than a Neural Network Input Selection Genetic Algorithm (GA) –Selects best combination of input variables for model –Also optimizes an ALN training parameter - learning rate Core Methods & Tools

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: Financial, electrical & chemical problems. 1999: Diagnosis of Oil-Filled Equipment (e.g. supergrid transformers) by Kohonen SOM. 2000: Electricity Demand Forecasting Encouraging results Business need disappeared : EUNITE Datamining competitions 2003: Gas Demand Forecasting Experiments 2004: Gas Demand Forecasting models in service 2005: More gas models, also focusing on wind power. Experience

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models The core datamining method applied to gas demand forecasting.

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Some Types of Problem Linear - e.g. y=mx+c Non-Linear and Smooth Monotonic - e.g. y=x 3 Non-Monotonic - e.g. y=x 2 Discontinuous - e.g. y=max(0,x) We might not know the type of function in advance.

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Parametric Modelling Linear (1st Order Polynomial) Fit3rd Order Polynomial Fit

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Non-Parametric Modelling One Linear SegmentTwo Linear Segments Linear Segmentation is not the only non-parameterised technique. The key feature is growth - hence no constraint on degrees of freedom.

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Non-Parametric Modelling Three Linear SegmentsFour Linear Segments No need for prior knowledge of the nature of the underlying function. The underlying function does not have to be smooth, monotonic etc.

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Parametric Modelling Method A formula is known or at least assumed –Typically a polynomial (e.g. linear). –May be any kind of formula. –Can be discontinuous. Model complexity is constrained –Tends to make the training process robust and data-thrifty. –A model of complexity exactly as required by the problem should be slightly more accurate than a non parametric model, which can only approximate this degree of complexity. Specialist regression tools can be applied for different classes of function –linear (or linearizable), smooth, discontinuous...

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Parametric Modelling Method: e.g. Multiple Linear Regression Advantages: –Extremely fast both to train and use –If well-tailored to the problem, should give optimal results. Disadvantages: –Requires uncorrelated inputs –Assumptions about data distributions

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Non Parametric Modelling: Benefits Advance knowledge of the problem is not required Domain-specific knowledge, though helpful, is not vital. No assumptions about population density or independence of inputs. Model complexity is unconstrained Advantage: Model may capture unimagined subtleties. Disadvantages –Training demands greater time, data volume and quality. –Model may grow to become over-complex, e.g. fitting every data point. Additional possibilities: Feasibility Study –Determine if any model is possible at all. Knowledge Discovery –Analyze the model to determine an equivalent parametric model.

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Non-Parametric Modelling: Issues Might not be completely flexible; learning algorithm may have limitations. We may need to partition the problem manually. The model might not generalize to the extent theoretically possible. Much greater need for training data. Can over-fit (resulting in errors): Extra measures needed to prevent this. Longer training time (may not be an issue).

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models: Under, Optimal and Over Fitting This section applies to many nonlinear nonparametric modelling methods, not just neural networks.

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Example: Underlying (2-D) Function A privileged view - we would not normally know what the function looked like... z = 1000 sin(0.125 x) cos(4 /(0.2 y +1))

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Undertrained Model ALN model with 24 segments i.e. planes. Too angular (from privileged knowledge)

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Optimally Trained Model ALN model with 300 planes. Looks very similar to our defined function.

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Overtrained Model An ALN with 1500 planes joins the dots of the data instead of generalising.

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Determining Optimality of Fit The function is not known in advance Might be smooth, might be wrinkly - we dont know. What are our requirements on the model? What degree of accuracy is needed? Any constraints on shape or rates-of-change? How do we assess the models quality? Test against a held-back set of data Analyze the models characteristics –Assumes we know what to require or expect. –e.g. Sensitivity to inputs (at various parts of the data space) –e.g. Cross-sections (of each variable, for different set-points of the other variables)

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Traditional Cross-Validation Validate on data that is randomly or systematically selected from the same period as the training data. Train on the training data (grey) until error is least on the cross-validation data (blue). Actual use will be in the future (green), on data which is not yet available. Future data (unavailable)

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Back-Validation Validate on data that, relative to the training data, is as old as the future is new. Train on the training data (grey) until error is least on the back-validation data (blue). Reason: like the future data, the back-val. data is an edge. This method has been proven by experiment to be superior to traditional cross validation for both gas and electricity problems. Back-val. data Training (regression) data Future data (unavailable)

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Optimal and Over Training This is deliberate over-training. The optimum point is where the (purple) Back-Validation (Backval) error curve is at a minimum, namely Epoch 30. This agrees well with that of the Holdback (pseudo future) data.

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models: Example Algorithms

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Machine Learning / Natural Computing / Basis Function Techniques Derive models more from data (examples) than from knowledge. Roots in nature and philosophy e.g. artificial intelligence & robotics. but converging with traditional maths & stats. Many types of algorithm. Evolutionary / Genetic Algorithms Neural Network (e.g. MLP-BP or RBF) - popular Support Vector Machine - fashionable Adaptive Logic Network - experience Regression Tree Rule Induction Instance (Case) and Cluster Based

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models: Example Algorithms: Neural Networks (ANNs) Focussing on the Multi Layer Perceptron (MLP)

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Neural Networks - Brief Overview (1) But how many neurons or layers? Repeatedly experiment (grow, prune…)

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Neural Networks - Brief Overview (2) Inspired by nature (and used to test it). Output is sum of many (basis-) functions, typically S-shaped. Each function is offset and scaled by a different amount. Very broadly analogous to Fourier etc. Given data, produce its underlying model.

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Neural Networks - Brief Overview (3)

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models: Example Algorithms: Adaptive Logic Networks (ALNs)

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Main Advantages over ANNs Theoretical No need to define anything like a number of neurons or layers –ALNs automatically grow to the required extent. –No need for outer loop of experimentation (e.g. pruning) Basis functions are more independent, hence: –easier and faster learning –greater accuracy –faster execution. Less black-box - can be understood. Function inversion - can run backwards.

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Main Advantages over ANNs Observed Better accuracy: sharper detail. Better training: faster, more reliable and more controllable.

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UK Transmission Adaptive Logic Networks: How they Work: ALN Structure

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What is an ALN? A proprietary technique developed by William Armstrong, formerly of University of Alberta, founder of Dendronic Decision Limited in Canada. –WWW.DENDRONIC.COM A combined set of Linear Forms (LFs) An LF: y=offset+a 1 x 1 +a 2 x An ALN initially has one LF - making it the same as normal linear regression After optimizing its own fit, each LF can divide into independent LFs. ALNs are generated in a descriptive form that can be translated into various programming languages (e.g. VBA, C or Matlab).

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y = Min(a,b,c) - lines cut downy = Max(a,b,c,d) - lines cut up Minimum (Min) & Maximum (Max) Operators in ALNs... Inputs: Min Output:... Max Linear Forms: (regressions)

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LeftHump = Min(a,b,c) RightHump = Min(d,e,f,g) y = Max(LeftHump,RightHump) Min & Max Combined... Output: Inputs: LeftHump Min Max RightHump Min Linear Forms:

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ALNs are Trees of Linear Forms More Complex Trees are Possible Can grow to any number of layers, any number of linear forms. During training, each leaf - linear form - can split into a min or max branch. Later in training, leaves can be recombined as necessary. Tree complexity can be limited by Tolerance - a sufficiently accurate leaf wont split any further. –Can be fixed or varying across the data space Direct constraint - e.g. max. depth = 5. Indirectly, by stopping training at minimum validation error

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UK Transmission Introduction to Datamining: Nonlinear Nonparametric Models: Example Algorithms: ALNs vs. MLPs: Simple Demo Demonstration of ALN benefits through a trivial example.

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Artificial Problem: With smooth regions and a sharp point

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Neural Net - 4 Hidden Neurons

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Handicapped ALN: Tolerance=0.6 4 Linear Forms

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Neural Net - Further Training

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Unhandicapped ALN: Offset is simply for clarity of presentation

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UK Transmission Adaptive Logic Networks: How they Work: Further Details

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A Snapshot of Training Side-effect: Orange points no longer influence that LF, but will now pull up the other two LFs. A data point is presented. It pulls the linear form it influences towards itself (by learning factor proportion). LF1 LF2 LF3 y = Max(LF1,LF2,LF3)

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ALN Learning: LF Splitting If repeated adjustments of a given LF fail to reduce error below Tolerance, the LF splits into two and the process is repeated for each one independently. Due to random elements of training, they wander apart to cover different portions of the data space. Input axis Output axis

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Recap: ALN Structure During training ALNs can grow into complex trees. Branches are Max and Min operators. Leaves are Linear Forms. Trees can be of any depth. The one shown here is just a simple example. Transformation may be possible into a more efficient form where initial branches are if..then rules.... Output Inputs MAX MIN MAX

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ALNs can be Compiled into DTRs Input axis x Min(5,6)Min(4,5)Min(2,3,4) Min(1,2) Example: For x in this interval only pieces 4 and 5 play a role. x

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Bagging - Averaging Several ALNs A very simple way to improve accuracy Applicable to any set of diverse models having same goal –For example standard MLP neural nets For ALNs, diversity arises through random number generator affecting the training process e.g. the order in which data are presented. BestMean is a proven refinement e.g. reject results outside 2 * stdev then compute the new mean

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UK Transmission Model Development How datamining methods were brought to bear on our gas demand forecasting problem.

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Stages of Model Production Framing the Problem Data Preparation Data Cleaning Derived Variables, Partitioning. Input Selection ALN Training Implementation in Code Conversion of the ALN to a convenient programming language. Quality Assessment User-testing in the target environment.

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UK Transmission Model Development: Framing the Problem

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How should we frame the problem? We are in a vacuum here, so we need to guess or preferably experiment. Hourly or daily? The main requirement is for daily total demand Summing hourly demands tends to give greater accuracy. Absolute or relative? But d(Demand)/d(Temperature) varies with Temperature One big model for all LDZs, all-year round? Separate models for each LDZ? Split the year into parts or just flag or normalize each part? What parts? GMT/BST Seasons? Christmas? Easter? –Try clustering, make a model for each cluster –Also try experiments based on intuition & guesswork

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Traditional framing of the problem Daily totals Linear relationships Only model standard days - employ normalization (adjustment factors) for special days such as bank holidays. Compute the change in demand

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New framing of the problem Based on experience & intuition Hourly totals (daily = sum of hourlies) Nonlinear relationships Model all days - no need for normalization (adjustment factors). Absolute demand

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Coloured areas are clusters, each with a distinctive daily demand profile. Red text is our interpretation. Experience: Clustering of Electricity Profiles Kohonen SOM - as implemented in Eudaptics Viscovery SOM-Mine

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Clustering of Gas Profiles …not such a detailed picture as for electricity... Yellow-ish areas indicate similar profiles, Red-ish areas indicate more varying profiles. Jan & Dec Jan Feb Mar & Nov Apr May & Oct June July Aug & Sept

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Find the Best Structure for the Model By experiment... Experiments (on one typical LDZ): One model for the whole year Separate models for each of four clusters Separate models for the GMT, BST and Xmas & New Year periods Separate models for GMT and BST, experimenting with various types of indicator for the Xmas-NY period straight flags & fuzzy flags THIS PRODUCED THE BEST RESULTS

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Final Structure for the Model Produce separate models for each season of each LDZ. Two seasons: GMT & BST –The Easter and Xmas-NY periods are indicated by separate fuzzy flags. 13 LDZs Each model will contain a Bag of 10 ALNs Bag returns BestMean of the 10 ALNs Bestmean rejects results outside 2 * stdev Thus 260 ALNs need to be produced.

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UK Transmission Model Development: Data Preparation: Data Cleaning

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Data Cleaning Data Problems Some actual demands are unrealistic. Atypical demands are not useful for training. Detection Method Viscovery - commercial Kohonen / SOM tool –Was used to highlight unusual profiles. Also manually checked & plotted ranges and profiles in Excel.

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Greater Requirement for Data Quality Our models may be more demanding than traditional ones in terms of data quality. Since our models are non parametric, they may be more susceptible to glitches in the data (may try to model them). It is possible that the available data will not meet our quality requirements. The existing data is clean in respect of daily totals, but hourly figures are traditionally less important.

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Bad Profile Detection Once again, making use of Eudaptics Viscovery SOM-Mine Arguably the best possible two-dimensional representation of an n-dimensional problem. The aspect ratio is based on 1st two principal components. It shows the main shape of the problem. Outlier profiles (possible errors) show up as red blemishes Yellow-ish areas are groups of similar profiles Red-ish areas indicate abnormalities.

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Bad Profile - Positive Glitch

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Bad Profile - Negative Glitch

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Bad Profile - Wobble

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Bad Profile - Clock-change Artefact

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UK Transmission Model Development: Data Preparation: Model Inputs

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Data Preparation: Derive additional variables as possible inputs Think up as many candidate inputs as possible Anthropomorphize: Think like an ALN Sine and Cosine of Day and of Year. Represent and maintain cyclic nature of diurnal and annual cycles. Annual gas cycle is approximately a sine wave (obvious knowledge). Moving-average of Temperature Cooling Power (wind chill) Days Since 1 April 1990 (basis for spotting long term trends) Fuzzy-Flags (special periods) These merely highlight the incidences of special days They do not indicate demand effects

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Input Selection (1) Around 60 potential inputs Implies 2 60 possible choices. Too many for exhaustive search. Systematic search may be infeasible –The search-space may be rough. –Inputs may interact, especially in an unknown nonlinear model. In previous projects, standard methods such as correlation-based input selection or adding or pruning inputs one at a time have failed to find the optimum selection. The chosen selection method Genetic Algorithm –Proven jack of all trades discrete optimization method –Fitness function based on training and testing disposable ALNs.

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Input Selection (2) No simple consistent method - too many interactions and nonlinearities - use a genetic algorithm. Unsurprisingly, inputs having greatest correlation to the output were chosen by the GA. However, below a certain threshold of correlation, the correspondence is less: the GA chose some inputs having tiny correlation instead of other inputs of greater correlation. Only 32 choices in this example. The small black stumps indicate inputs chosen by the GA.

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Input Selection (3): Genetic Algorithm (GA) Inspired by Darwins Theory of Evolution Our GA: Around 100 generations of 50 individuals, initially random. –An individual is a specific choice of inputs. Reproduction Crossover (mating) –Make a new individual by combining randomly selected features from some of the fittest existing individuals. Mutation (small random changes) –Invert one or more decisions as to which inputs to use. Survival of the Fittest The fitness of an individual is assessed by training an ALN with the given input selection, then testing it on separate test data. –Actually we train and average the results of a few ALNs.

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Input Selection (4a): Genetic Algorithm: The Principles: Survival of the Fittest Survivors plus their offspring (produced by crossover & mutation)

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Input Selection (4b): Genetic Algorithm: The Principles: Crossover

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Input Selection (4c): Genetic Algorithm: The Principles: Mutation

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Input Selection (4d): Genetic Algorithm: The Principles: Overall Loop

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UK Transmission Model Development: Model Production

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ALN Training Tool: AlnFit-NGT Source code adapted from Dendronic Decisions Limited. Underlying Dendronic Learning Engine (a standard DLL). Method: Back-Validation Oldest year of data used for validation. Most recent years of data used for training. Train to the point (epoch) of least error on validation data.

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Implementation in Code Automatically translate descriptive form to VBA Ultimately implement as a set of ActiveX DLLs Topmost: a Wrapper DLL –Provides a standard interface to the user-program. –Generates derived inputs –Decides which model to run (based on LDZ & time of year). ALNs DLLs (one for GMT, one for BST) Contain LDZ-specific models as Classes Type Definitions DLL

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UK Transmission Scope for Improvement

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Knowledge Refinement Find the best way to use recent demand or demand error Improved Weather Inputs Wind direction >1 weather station in same LDZ Refinement of our Methods and Tools: Automatic data error detection Genetic Algorithm - make it more robust and efficient (e.g. distributed) ALN training improvements Remaining Technical Issues - 1

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Metrics Needed for model optimization and quality assessment Different metrics targetted at model developer and user? Kinds of Metrics Traditional MAPE and Max. Abs. Error Propose Median Abs. Error and Ave of top-10% Abs. Errors For comparability, normalize by St.Dev ? Data Sampling and Input Selection Is there a better way? WAID? Remaining Technical Issues - 2

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Future Development Refinements: Within-Day Fixer (part-developed). Arbitrary-Horizon Fixer. Kalman Filter (on-line adaption). Future Problems: National gas demand Windpower Wish: Hands off Model Development Server

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UK Transmission Conclusions

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Regarding NGT: NGT have made effective use of datamining methods for electricity and gas demand forecasting. –Quick & dirty feasibility models –Longer development high-accuracy production models When run in combination with existing models, the overall accuracy is improved –With financial benefits ! More General Lessons: ALNs are great! For such problems, back-validation is better than cross-validation.

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UK Transmission - End - Any Questions?

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Datamining-Based Gas Demand Forecasting Models Phase-I Models in service since July 2004 Phase-II Models GMT Models in service since January 2005 BST Models currently under development (for March 05) Phase II Enhancements: More intensive Genetic Algorithm (GA) runs –Greater number of generations –Greater mutation probability –Greater choice of inputs Individual GA runs for each LDZ (hence potentially different input variables) Methodology verified by experiment

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