Modeling of a Small Transportation Company’s Start-up with Limited Data during Economic Recession

Xiaoping Fang, Jonathan Ansell, Weiya Chen

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This paper presents a modeling method for analyzing a small transportation company’s start-up and growth during a global economic crisis which had an impact on in China which is designed to help the owners make better investment and operating decisions with limited data. Since there is limited data, simple regression model and binary regression model failed to generate satisfactory results, so an additive periodic time series model was built to forecast business orders and income. Since the transportation market is segmented by business type and transportation distance, a polynomial model and logistic curve model were constructed to forecast the growth trend of each segmented transportation market, and the seasonal influence function was fitted by seasonal ratio method. Although both of the models produced satisfactory results and showed very nearly the same of goodness-of-fit in the sample, however the logistic model presented better forecasting performance out of the sample therefore closer to the reality. Additionally, by checking the development trajectory of the case company’s business and the financial crisis in 2008, the modeling and analysis suggest that the sample company is affected by national macroeconomic factors such as GDP and import & export, and this effect comes with a time lag of one to two years.
Original languageEnglish
Article number802528
JournalDiscrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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