Hello everyone,

I apologize if this question may seem obvious to some, but I have spent the past few days truly trying to understand and explore the data as best as I can. I am participating in the Power Consumption Predicting “branch” of this competition.

Clarification Point #1: (From the prompt)

*More than 200 building sites are considered. Three time horizons and time steps are distinguished. The goal is either:*

*To forecast the consumption for each quarter of an hour over the next 24 hours (96 quarters).*

*To forecast the consumption for each hour over the next four days (96 hours).*

*To forecast the consumption for each day over the coming month (30 days).*

Does this mean that our forecast will only include 96 “data points” for a particular 15-min model (for example)?

To clarify, I will provide an analogy - is this problem similar to that of stock prediction? Given historic data, forecast the stock price 96 periods into the future (for 15 minute resolution stock price data, for example.) I hope that analogy explains my question.

Clarification Point #2: (From the prompt)

*…Participants are not supposed to attempt to get additional external information about the building sites. Also, when forecasting values for a given time period, participants are also not allowed to use given data from the following period (no interpolation is allowed).*

So I understand I am not allowed to use data other than that provided - this is clear. But, the final point is unclear to me. Can someone please explain this to me, it seems ambiguous in this context?

Thanks so much in advance, I appreciate any help!