I am preparing a data for machine learning model. I want to deal with time series data as normal supervised learning prediction. Let's say I have a data for car speed and I have several cars models such as

| day |  Model  |   Speed     |
|   1 | Bentley | 20.47 km/h  |
|   2 | Bentley | 32.22 km/h  |
|   3 | Bentley | 23.11 km/h  |
|   1 | BMW     | 37.60 km/h  |
|   2 | BMW     | 27.90 km/h  |
|   3 | BMW     | 40.47 km/h  |

so I want to deal with several model in training so that predict the speed for Bentley and BMW.

I have converted the data for training like this :

|  Model  |   day_1    |     day_2  |    label == day_3 |
| Bentley | 20.47 km/h | 32.22 km/h | 23.11 km/h        |
| BMW     | 37.60 km/h | 27.90 km/h | 40.47 km/h        |

Is it a correct approach?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you always have the same number of days, like 3 in your example? And I assume that your training set would have several instances with the same car model right? $\endgroup$ – Erwan Dec 3 at 1:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Erwan yes always have the same days for all cars , and yes I have several other instances like mode_year, model_type like this . But I'm not sure if my above approach is correct or not ? $\endgroup$ – angela Dec 3 at 6:26

Since you always have a fixed number of days, I think your approach is good. In order to help the learning algorithm you might consider adding some statistics as features for every instance, for example:

  • mean of the last N days
  • difference dayN-day(N-1) (evolution)
  • ...

Of course this can work only if there is actually a dependency between the features and the predicted speed.

  • $\begingroup$ I have a question about difference dayN-day(N-1), so basically you mean I have to subtract day_2 speed from day_1 and then add it as feature. But what if I have 10 days , in that case I have to add 10 extra variables ? $\endgroup$ – angela 2 days ago
  • $\begingroup$ @angela Yes I would try it this way. it might or might not improve the performance, it's usually good to do a few experiments with different options for the features. $\endgroup$ – Erwan 2 days ago

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