Seasonal Adjustment with X-13ARIMA-SEATS

Core function of the seasonal package. With the default options, seas calls the automatic procedures of X-13ARIMA-SEATS to perform a seasonal adjustment that works well in most circumstances. Via the ... argument, it is possible to invoke almost all options that are available in X-13ARIMA-SEATS (see details). The default options of seas are listed as explicit arguments and are discussed in the arguments section.

seas(x, xreg = NULL, xtrans = NULL, seats.noadmiss = "yes",
  transform.function = "auto", regression.aictest = c("td", "easter"),
  outlier = "", automdl = "", na.action = na.omit, out = FALSE,
  dir = NULL, ..., list = NULL)
object of class "ts": time series to seasonaly adjust.
(optional) object of class "ts": one or several user defined exogenous variables for regARIMA modelling, can be used both with regression or x11regression.
(optional) object of class "ts": one or two user defined exogenous variables for the transform spec. Can be specifed together with xreg.
spec 'seats' with argument noadmiss = "yes" (default). Seasonal adjustment by SEATS, if SEATS decomposition is invalid, an alternative model is used (a message is returned). If noadmiss = "no", no approximation is done. If the s
spec transform with argument function = "auto" (default). Automatic log transformation detection. Set equal to "none", "log" or any value that is allowed by X-13 to turn it off.
spec regression with argument aictest = c("td", "easter") (default). AIC test for trading days and Easter effects. Set equal to NULL to turn it off.
spec outlier without arguments (default). Automatic oulier detection. Set equal to NULL to turn it off.
spec automdl without arguments (default). Automatic model search with the automdl spec. Set equal to NULL to turn it off.
a function which indicates what should happen when the data contain NAs. na.omit (default), na.exclude or If na.action = na.x13, NA handling is done by X-13, i.e. NA values are substituted by -
logical, should the X-13ARIMA-SEATS standard output be saved in the "seas" object? (this increases object size substantially, it is recommended to re-evaluate the model using the out function in
character string with a user defined file path. If specified, the X-13ARIMA-SEATS output files are copied to this folder. Useful for debugging.
additional spec-arguments options sent to X-13ARIMA-SEATS (see details).
a named list with additional spec-arguments options. This is an alternative to the ... argument. It is useful for programming.

It is possible to use the almost complete syntax of X-13ARIMA-SEAT via the ... argument. The syntax of X-13ARIMA-SEATS uses specs and arguments, and each spec optionally contains some arguments. In seas, an additional spec-argument can be added by separating spec and argument by a dot (.) (see examples). Alternatvily, spec-argument combinations can be supplied as a named list, which is useful for programming.

Similarily, the series function can be used to read almost all series from X-13ARIMA-SEATS.

For a more extensive description, consider the vignette or the wiki page, which contains replications of almost all examples from the official X-13ARIMA-SEATS manual.


  • returns an object of class "seas", essentially a list with the following components:
  • seriesa list containing the output tables of X-13. To be accessed by the series function.
  • dataseasonally adjusted data, the raw data, the trend component, the irregular component and the seasonal component (deprecated).
  • errwarning messages from X-13ARIMA-SEATS
  • udgcontent of the .udg output file
  • estcontent of the .est output file
  • lkscontent of the .lks output file
  • modellist with the model specification, similar to "spc". It typically contains "regression", which contains the regressors and parameter estimates, and "arima", which contains the ARIMA specification and the parameter estimates.
  • fivebestmdlBest Five ARIMA Models (unparsed)
  • xinput series
  • spcobject of class "spclist", a list containing the content of the .spc file that is used by X-13ARIMA-SEATS. Each spec is on the first level, each argument is on the second level.
  • callfunction call
  • wdirtemporary directory in which X-13ARIMA-SEATS has been run
  • The final function returns the final adjusted series, the plot method shows a plot with the unadjusted and the adjusted series. summary gives an overview of the regARIMA model.


Vignette with a more detailed description: Comprehensive list of R examples from the X-13ARIMA-SEATS manual: Official X-13ARIMA-SEATS manual:

See Also

static, to return the static call that is needed to replicate an automatic model

series, for universal X-13 table series import.

out, for the import of X-13 text files

inspect, to interactively inspect a seasonal adjustment model.

plot.seas, for diagnostical plots.

qs, for diagnostical statistics.

  • seas
m <- seas(AirPassengers) 

# invoke X-13ARIMA-SEATS options as 'spec.argument' through the ... argument
# (consult the X-13ARIMA-SEATS manual for many more options and the list of
# R examples for more examples)
seas(AirPassengers, regression.aictest = c("td"))  # no easter testing
seas(AirPassengers, force.type = "denton")  # force equality of annual values
seas(AirPassengers, x11 = "")  # use x11, overrides the 'seats' spec

# 'spec.argument' combinations can also be supplied as a named list, which is
# useful for programming
seas(AirPassengers, list = list(regression.aictest = c("td"), outlier = NULL))
# constructing the list step by step
ll <- list()
ll[["x"]] <- AirPassengers
ll[["regression.aictest"]] <- "td"
ll["outlier"] <- list(NULL)  # assigning NULL to a list using single brackets
seas(list = ll)

# options can be entered as vectors
seas(AirPassengers, regression.variables = c("td1coef", "easter[1]"))
seas(AirPassengers, arima.model = c(0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1))
seas(AirPassengers, arima.model = "(0 1 1)(0 1 1)")     # equivalent

# turn off the automatic procedures
seas(AirPassengers, regression.variables = c("td1coef", "easter[1]", 
"ao1951.May"), arima.model = "(0 1 1)(0 1 1)", regression.aictest = NULL, 
outlier = NULL, transform.function = "log")

# static replication of 'm <- seas(AirPassengers)'
static(m)  # this also tests the equivalence of the static call
static(m, test = FALSE)  # no testing (much faster)
static(m, coef = TRUE)  # also fixes the coefficients

# specific extractor functions
out(m)                  # the X-13 .out file (see ?out, for details)
spc(m)                  # the .spc input file to X-13 (for debugging)

# universal extractor function for any X-13ARIMA-SEATS output (see ?series)
series(m, "forecast.forecasts")

# copying the output of X-13 to a user defined directory
seas(AirPassengers, dir = "~/mydir")

# user defined regressors (see ?genhol for more examples)
# a temporary level shift in R base
tls <- ts(0, start = 1949, end = 1965, freq = 12)
window(tls, start = c(1955, 1), end = c(1957, 12)) <- 1
seas(AirPassengers, xreg = tls, outlier = NULL)
# identical to a X-13ARIMA-SEATS specification of the the level shift
seas(AirPassengers, regression.variables = c("tl1955.01-1957.12"), 
     outlier = NULL)

# forecasting an annual series without seasonal adjustment
m <- seas(airmiles, seats = NULL, regression.aictest = NULL)
series(m, "forecast.forecasts")

# NA handling
AirPassengersNA <- window(AirPassengers, end = 1962, extend = TRUE)
final(seas(AirPassengersNA, na.action = na.omit))    # no NA in final series
final(seas(AirPassengersNA, na.action = na.exclude)) # NA in final series
# final(seas(AirPassengersNA, na.action =    # fails

# NA handling by X-13 (works with internal NAs)
AirPassengersNA[20] <- NA 
final(seas(AirPassengersNA, na.action = na.x13))

# inspect tool
Documentation reproduced from package seasonal, version 1.2.1, License: GPL-3

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