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Tiejun Yang, Na Yang, Chunhua Zhu, "A Forecasting Model for Feed Grain Demand Based on Combined Dynamic Model", Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, vol. 2016, Article ID 5329870, 6 pages, 2016.

A Forecasting Model for Feed Grain Demand Based on Combined Dynamic Model

Academic Editor: Jorge Reyes
Received06 Apr 2016
Revised28 Jun 2016
Accepted14 Jul 2016
Published06 Sep 2016


In order to improve the long-term prediction accuracy of feed grain demand, a dynamic forecast model of long-term feed grain demand is realized with joint multivariate regression model, of which the correlation between the feed grain demand and its influence factors is analyzed firstly; then the change trend of various factors that affect the feed grain demand is predicted by using ARIMA model. The simulation results show that the accuracy of proposed combined dynamic forecasting model is obviously higher than that of the grey system model. Thus, it indicates that the proposed algorithm is effective.

1. Introduction

The grain used in feeding is the second largest grain used in China; its quantity and proportion of the total grain consumption grow stably. It is of great significance to ensure food security in our country by exploring the changes of feed grain demand and its influencing factors. However, the special research of China’s feed grain demand is scattered, which lacks objective statistics and always exists in projections of the total grain consumption. The forecasting methods of feed grain demand in existing literature can be divided into two kinds: one is using some quantitative methods such as time series regression, model of consumer demand system, and farming grain consumption, based on the analysis about the situation of the feeding food consumption over the past few years to analysis and forecast [1, 2]; the other is from the perspective of nutrition standards analysis of meat, eggs, milk, per capita consumption of aquatic products to predict the future demand for animal products and then use the ratio of feed to meat (i.e., the conversion rate of feed grains) to predict the feed grain demand [3, 4]. Actually, the feed grain demand is affected by population growth, urbanization level, per capita income (urban residents per capita income and rural ones per capita income), and other factors [5, 6], which suggest that there should be a comprehensive survey about correlation degree between the feed grain demand and its influence factors for improving the prediction accuracy, and the corresponding prediction model should be generalized. In this paper, the correlation coefficients of feed grain demand and its influence factors are calculated quantitatively on the basis of the second kind of forecasting method; then the major factors have been chosen; finally the dynamic prediction of influence factors and feed grain demand can be realized by using the ARIMA model and multiple regression model, respectively.

2. Relational Coefficient Analysis of Influence Factors to Feed Grain Demand

2.1. Grey Relational Analysis

The essence of grey relational degree is to make a geometric comparison in the data series which are responded to the changing characteristics of all factors. The closer the curves are, the greater the relational grade of the corresponding series is and vice versa. The use of the grey relational analysis can define the changing trend of all factors in this system and find out the main factors which affect the further development of the system so as to grasp the main features of things and the principal contradiction, promote, and guide the system to rapid, health, and efficient development [7]. The basic steps of grey relational analysis are as follows.

Step 1. Assume that the reference sequence is and related comparison sequences are . They are expressed as and

Step 2. Dis-dimension treatment to the data sequence [8]. Here, we illustrate the initiating. Then it can get the reference sequence and comparison sequences .

Step 3. The absolute difference sequences between reference sequence and comparison sequences are calculated by the formula

Step 4. Identify the absolute maximum and minimum from absolute difference sequence.

Step 5. Calculate the grey relational coefficient. The formula is

Step 6. Calculate correlation degree.

2.2. Prediction for the Feed Grain Demand by Using Multiple Linear Regression

According to grey relational analysis, the domestic population, urbanization level, and per capita income of urban and rural residents are the main factors affecting the feed grain demand. Based on the modeling principle of multiple regression model, the linear regression model of the feed grain demand is set up, the structure form of the model [9]:

In the formula, , , and are the undetermined parameters (regression parameters), with for unobservable random error.

2.3. Prediction for Main Factors That Influence the Feed Grain Demand

The ARIMA model from literature is adopted to predict the change trend of impact factors [10]. Suppose that is the predictive value in time of various influence factors and are actual values of various impact factors in past years. Setting , among it, is a single integer sequence with order; is the stationary series [11]; thus the general model of the ARMA model can be expressed as

In the formula, and are, respectively, called autoregressive order number and average order number. Suppose as the lag operator; thenEquation (6) can be rewritten as Among it, and .

model in formula (7) can be expressed as after order difference transformation is a white noise process with its mean value which is 0 and variance is [12].

3. Simulation Analysis

The dynamic simulation process based on the ARIMA model and multiple regression model to predict feed grain demand is shown in Figure 1.

The dynamic prediction algorithm of feed grain demand is shown in Figure 1; define the year of 1981 as and thus 2007 as . The feed grain demand of urban and rural population is, respectively, expressed as and ; the three factors are, respectively, defined as , , and . According to the simulation process shown in Figure 1, the forecast process of feed grain demand in this paper is shown in the following:(1)When t = 1~27, calculate the correlation degree and relational sequence, respectively, between and and , , and .(2)Use ARIMA model to predict , , and when .(3)Use multiple regression method to predict urban feed grain demand () and rural feed grain demand ().(4)Repeat (). Urban and rural long-term prediction of feed grain demand can be completed.

3.1. Correlation Calculation

The data about the feed grain demand, urban and rural population, urbanization level, and urban and rural residents per capita income between 1981 and 2007 are selected from Rural China Statistical Yearbook [13] as the training data; meanwhile the data from 2008 to 2012 are selected as the precision test data as shown in Table 1. The feed grain demand can be got by the sum of per capita meat, egg, milk, and aquatic product consumption multiplied by the urban and rural population, respectively, and then according to the conversion ratio of feed grain to meat which is 3.7 to 1, the conversion ratio to egg which is 2.7 to 1, the conversion ratio to milk which is 0.5 to 1, and the conversion ratio to aquatic material which is 0.4 to 1 to get the final result [14, 15].

YearMeatEggMilkAquatic productPopulation (ten thousand people)Per capita income (yuan)Urbanization level (%)


Note: () unit: per capita consumption in kilograms; () the data are from Rural China Statistical Yearbook.

The correlation degree and relational order are obtained by using the grey correlation analysis method, while the data about the feed grain demand are calculated in Table 1 as reference sequence; at the same time urban and rural population, urbanization level, and urban and rural residents per capita income are calculated as comparative sequence. The results are shown in Table 2.

Influencing factorUrbanRural
Correlation degreeRelational orderCorrelation degreeRelational order

(Urban/rural) population0.937010.92552
Urbanization level0.904720.96411
(Urban/rural) per capita income0.723630.68813

As shown in Table 2, the correlation degree and relational order of various factors which affected the urban and rural feed grain demand are not completely the same; on the basis of that, it will be able to improve the prediction accuracy by predicting towns and rural feed grain demand separately.

3.2. Impact Factors Prediction

ARIMA() model described in Section 2.3 is adopted to predict the three factors including urban and rural population, urbanization level, and urban and rural residents per capita income. The prediction of impact factors for urban feed grain demand in 2008 is taken as an example in this paper, and the results are shown in Table 3. The forecast data will be used to forecast feed grain demand in 2008.

Influencing factorModelAdjusted Predicted value in 2008

Urban populationARIMA(3, 2, 6)0.95662965.45
Urbanization levelARIMA(7, 2, 2)0.84836.1254
Urban residents per capita incomeARIMA(4, 2, 5)0.87615872.19

3.3. Prediction for Feed Grain Demand by Using Multiple Regression

The multiple regression model of urban and rural demand for feed grain demands is set up, respectively, in 2008 by using EVIEWS statistical software, while three factors mentioned above are taken as independent variables and China’s urban and rural residents’ feed grain demand is taken as the dependent variable. The models are shown as follows:

Among them, and represent the urban and rural feed grain demand, respectively, is urban population, and is rural population. and represent urbanization level, is urban residents per capita income, and is rural residents per capita income. The predicted value of three factors in 2008 was typed in (10) and (11), respectively; then the value of urban and rural feed grain demand in 2008 can be calculated; the results are 9807134 tons and 6663724.9 tons.

In the above multivariate regression model of urban and rural feed grain demand, the model prediction coefficient of different years will change dynamically as the change of correlation of feed grains and affecting factors; then it forms a dynamic forecast system.

3.4. Simulation Results

The value of feed grain demand in 2008–2012 can be predicted according to (10) and (11); the result is shown in Table 4. A grey forecasting model by using residual error correction on the feed grain demand in literature [16] is also given in Table 4.

YearActual valuePredicted valueRelative errorMean relative error

Combined dynamic forecasting model200816332.116470.90.8%0.46%

Grey forecasting model200816332.117925.49.7%6.4%

From Table 4 and combined with the feed grain demand between urban and rural areas since 1981, it can be seen that the basic trend of feed grain demand overall present rises steadily [17, 18]. The feed grain demand increased by 4 times, and the average annual growth rate is 14.8% from 1981 to 2007. Analysis shows that the income level of our country residents is low, and the consumption structure is unitary, mainly grain consumption before the reform and open policy. In recent years, the demand for animal products structure is changing and it mainly displays in the increasing demand for meat, eggs, milk, and aquatic products because people’s living standards have been continuously improved.

In addition, compared with the grey system model in literature [16], the joint dynamic prediction model in this paper can track the change of impact factors, so it can achieve good long-term forecasts. Meanwhile the mean relative error of proposed model is 0.46% and has higher superiority in forecasting precision compared with traditional grey forecasting model of which the mean relative error is 6.4%. It is fully illustrated that the dynamic impact factor regression analysis method used to predict the feed grain demand is feasible.

4. Conclusion

The dynamic influence factors in combination with multivariate regression analysis method are used in this paper to forecast the feed grain demand in China since 2008. Prediction results show that China’s demand for feed grains will increase year by year in the next 10 years, and the average relative error between the actual and predicted value by using the dynamic impact factor regression model is 0.46%, superior to the traditional grey system model. At present, China’s feed grain demand represents more than 30% of the total demand for grain; the proportion of which feed grain demand on total demand for grain increased year by year shows the increasing influence of feed grains on food security, so it has become a necessary work to research the feed grain demand deeply for ensuring food security.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


This research was financially supported by the National Food Industry Commonweal Special Scientific Research Projects (no. 201413001).


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