Deep Learning Forecasting for Supporting Terminal Operators in Port Business Development
Marcello Risitano and
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Marco Ferretti: Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University, 80132 Napoli, Italy
Ugo Fiore: Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno, 84040 Fisciano, Italy
Francesca Perla: Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University, 80132 Napoli, Italy
Marcello Risitano: Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University, 80132 Napoli, Italy
Salvatore Scognamiglio: Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University, 80132 Napoli, Italy
Future Internet, 2022, vol. 14, issue 8, 1-19
Accurate forecasts of containerised freight volumes are unquestionably important for port terminal operators to organise port operations and develop business plans. They are also relevant for port authorities, regulators, and governmental agencies dealing with transportation. In a time when deep learning is in the limelight, owing to a consistent strip of success stories, it is natural to apply it to the tasks of forecasting container throughput. Given the number of options, practitioners can benefit from the lessons learned in applying deep learning models to the problem. Coherently, in this work, we devise a number of multivariate predictive models based on deep learning, analysing and assessing their performance to identify the architecture and set of hyperparameters that prove to be better suited to the task, also comparing the quality of the forecasts with seasonal autoregressive integrated moving average models. Furthermore, an innovative representation of seasonality is given by means of an embedding layer that produces a mapping in a latent space, with the parameters of such mapping being tuned using the quality of the predictions. Finally, we present some managerial implications, also putting into evidence the research limitations and future opportunities.
Keywords: deep learning forecasting; machine learning; terminal operator; port management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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