Plug-In Selection of the Number of Frequencies in Regression Estimates of the Memory Parameter of a Long-Memory Time Series
11 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2008
Date Written: July 1998
We consider the problem of selecting the number of frequencies, m, in a log-periodogram regression estimator of the memory parameter d of a Gaussian long-memory time series. It is known that under certain conditions the optimal m, minimizing the mean squared error of the corresponding estimator of d, is given by m(opt) = Cn4/5, where n is the sample size and C is a constant. In practice, C would be unknown since it depends on the properties of the spectral density near zero frequency. In this paper, we propose an estimator of C based again on a log-periodogram regression and derive its consistency. We also derive an asymptotically valid confidence interval for d when the number of frequencies used in the regression is deterministic and proportional to n4/5. In this case, squared bias cannot be neglected since it is of the same order as the variance. In a Monte Carlo study, we examine the performance of the plug-in estimator of d, in which m is obtained by using the estimator of C in the formula for m(opt) above. We also study the performance of a bias-corrected version of the plug-in estimator of d. Comparisons with the choice m = nÃÂ½ frequencies, as originally suggested by Geweke and Porter-Hudak.
Keywords: Periodogram, bandwith
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