Irregular leadership changes in 2014: Forecasts using ensemble, split-population duration models


Journal Article

© 2015 International Institute of Forecasters. We forecast Irregular Leadership Changes (ILCs)-unexpected leadership changes in contravention of a state's established laws and conventions-for six months in mid-2014 using predictions from an ensemble of seven split-population duration regression models. The original forecasts were made in May 2014. Our approach allows us to aggregate models for different mechanisms leading to ILCs in one ensemble forecast, is sensitive to the overwhelming number of non-events (zeros) in the data, and allows us to make real-world forecasts with a lag of approximately five weeks. The data are based on 45 ILCs recorded for the period from March 2001 to March 2014, with monthly observations for up to 168 countries worldwide. The ensemble achieves in- and out-of-sample AUCs of ~0.85, and we present the 10 highest forecasts, which include Thailand.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beger, A; Dorff, CL; Ward, MD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 98 - 111

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-2070

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijforecast.2015.01.009

Citation Source

  • Scopus