Predicting Visitors with Facebook Prophet

Facebook open sourced its forecasting tool [Prohpet][1] for time series data. Although forecasting is not a trivial task, the libraries are very easy to use and produce nice results quickly. In this basic blog post, I am going to forecast the visitor statistics based on the historical data I collected with Piwik. Python Prerequisites Install and initialize a new virtual Python environment # Install virtual environments package sudo pip3 install virtualenv # Create a new folder for the project mkdir python-projects cd python-projects/ # Create a new virtual environment virtualenv -p python3 py Install Prophet and its Dependencies Within your new Python virtual environment, install the required dependencies first and then Prophet