A Nonparametric Acd Model
CORE Discussion Paper No. 2006/67
23 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2006
Date Written: August 2006
We carry out a nonparametric analysis of financial durations. We make use of an existing algorithm to describe nonparametrically the dynamics of the process in terms of its lagged realizations and of a latent variable, its conditional mean. The devices needed to effectively apply the algorithm to our dataset are presented. On simulated data, the nonparametric procedure yields better estimates than the ones delivered by an incorrectly specified parametric method. On a real dataset, the nonparametric analysis can convey information on the nature of the data generating process that may not be captured by the parametric specification. In this view, the nonparametric method proposed can be a valuable preliminary analysis able to suggest the choice of a good parametric specification, or a complement of a parametric estimation.
Keywords: nonparametric, ACD, trade durations, local-linear
JEL Classification: C14, C41, G10
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