Asymptotics for change-point models under varying degrees of mis-specification. (English) Zbl 1331.62251

Summary: Change-point models are widely used by statisticians to model drastic changes in the pattern of observed data. Least squares/maximum likelihood based estimation of change-points leads to curious asymptotic phenomena. When the change-point model is correctly specified, such estimates generally converge at a fast rate (\(n\)) and are asymptotically described by minimizers of a jump process. Under complete mis-specification by a smooth curve, that is, when a change-point model is fitted to data described by a smooth curve, the rate of convergence slows down to \(n^{1/3}\) and the limit distribution changes to that of the minimizer of a continuous Gaussian process. In this paper, we provide a bridge between these two extreme scenarios by studying the limit behavior of change-point estimates under varying degrees of model mis-specification by smooth curves, which can be viewed as local alternatives. We find that the limiting regime depends on how quickly the alternatives approach a change-point model. We unravel a family of “intermediate” limits that can transition, at least qualitatively, to the limits in the two extreme scenarios. The theoretical results are illustrated via a set of carefully designed simulations. We also demonstrate how inference for the change-point parameter can be performed in absence of knowledge of the underlying scenario by resorting to sub-sampling techniques that involve estimation of the convergence rate.


62G20 Asymptotic properties of nonparametric inference
62G05 Nonparametric estimation
62E20 Asymptotic distribution theory in statistics


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