# ETS() function, how to avoid forecast not in line with historical data?

I am working on an alogorithm in R to automatize a monthly forecast calculation.
I am using, among others, the ets() function from the forecast package to calculate forecast. It is working very well.

Unfortunately, for some specific time series, the result I get is weird.

Please, find below the code i am using :

``````train_ts<- ts(values, frequency=12)
fit2<-ets(train_ts, model="ZZZ", damped=TRUE, alpha=NULL, beta=NULL, gamma=NULL,
lower=c(0.0001,0.0001,0.0001,0.8),upper=c(0.9999,0.9999,0.9999,0.98),
opt.crit=c("lik","amse","mse","sigma","mae"), nmse=3,
restrict=TRUE)
ets <- forecast(fit2,h=forecasthorizon,method ='ets')
``````

Please, you will find below the concerned history data set :

`````` values <- c(27, 27, 7, 24, 39, 40, 24, 45, 36, 37, 31, 47, 16, 24, 6, 21,
35, 36, 21, 40, 32, 33, 27, 42, 14, 21, 5, 19, 31, 32, 19, 36,
29, 29, 24, 42, 15, 24, 21)
``````

Here, on the graph, you will see the historical data (black), the fitted value (green) and the forecast(blue). The forecast is definitely not in lines with the fitted value.

Do you have any idea on how to “bound” the forecat to be “in line” with the historical sales?

As @forecaster has pointed out, this is caused by outliers at the end of the series. You can see the problem clearly if you plot the estimated level component over the top:

``````plot(forecast(fit2))
lines(fit2\$states[,1],col='red')
``````

Note the increase in the level at the end of the series.

One way to make the model more robust to outliers is to reduce the parameter space so that the smoothing parameters must take smaller values:

``````fit2 <- ets(train_ts, upper=c(0.3,0.2,0.2,0.98))
plot(forecast(fit2))
``````