Selective Linear Segmentation For Detecting Relevant Parameter Changes

68 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2019

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Arnaud Dufays

CeReFiM. Université de Namur.; Université Laval

Elysée Aristide Houndetoungan

Université Laval, Department of Economics

Alain Coen

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) - Graduate School of Business (ESG)

Date Written: August 20, 2019

Abstract

Change-point processes are one flexible approach to model long time series. We propose a method to uncover which model parameter truly vary when a change-point is detected. Given a set of breakpoints, we use a penalized likelihood approach to select the best set of parameters that changes over time and we prove that the penalty function leads to a consistent selection of the true model. Estimation is carried out via the deterministic annealing expectation-maximization algorithm. Our method accounts for model selection uncertainty and associates a probability to all the possible time-varying parameter specifications. Monte Carlo simulations highlight that the method works well for many time series models including heteroskedastic processes. For a sample of 14 Hedge funds (HF) strategies, using an asset based style pricing model, we shed light on the promising ability of our method to detect the time-varying dynamics of risk exposures as well as to forecast HF returns.

Keywords: change-point, structural change, time-varying parameter, model selection, Hedge funds

JEL Classification: C11, C12, C22, C32, C52, C53

Suggested Citation

Dufays, Arnaud and Houndetoungan, Elysée Aristide and Coen, Alain, Selective Linear Segmentation For Detecting Relevant Parameter Changes (August 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3461554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3461554

Arnaud Dufays (Contact Author)

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Elysée Aristide Houndetoungan

Université Laval, Department of Economics ( email )

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Alain Coen

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) - Graduate School of Business (ESG) ( email )

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