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Identifiability and estimation of structural vector autoregressive models for subsampled and mixed-frequency time series. (English) Zbl 1442.62206
The authors investigate dynamics of \(p\)-dimensional multivariate time series \(x_t\in\mathbb R^p, t=1,\dots,T,\) assuming that it is described by a combination of instantaneous effects, autoregressive effects and independent noise: \[ x_t = Bx_t + Dx_{t-1} + \varepsilon_t, \] where \(B\in\mathbb R^{p\times p}\) is the structural matrix that determines the instantaneous-time linear effects, \(D\in\mathbb R^{p\times p}\) is an autoregressive matrix that specifies the lag-one effects conditional on the instantaneous effects, and \(\varepsilon_t \in\mathbb R^{p}\) is a zero mean white noise process. Solving the equation in terms of \(x_t\) gives the following lag-one structural vector autoregressive process for the evolution of \(x_t\): \[ x_t = Ax_{t-1} + C\varepsilon_t. \] Conditions on \(C\), or equivalently on \(B\), for model identifiability and estimation were explored by A. C. Harvey [Forecasting, structural time series models, and the Kalman filter. Paperback ed. Cambridge etc.: Cambridge University Press (1990; Zbl 0725.62083)]. M. Gong et al. [“Discovering temporal causal relations from subsampled data”, in: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning (Lille, France). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 1898–1906 (2015)] recently explored identifiability and estimation of vector autoregressive models under subsampling with independent innovations. The authors of this article propose an exact expectation-maximization algorithm for inference in both subsampled and mixed-frequency cases. Gong et al. [loc. cit.] also use such an algorithm, but because they formulate inference directly on the subsampled process by marginalizing the missing data, their approach requires an extra approximation. The authors approach instead casts inference as a missing-data problem and use a Kalman filter for computing in both subsampled and mixed frequency cases. They apply the proposed method to evaluate causal relations in a subsampled climate dataset and a mixed frequency econometric dataset. Taken together, they present a unified theoretical analysis and estimation methodology for subsampled and mixed-frequency cases, which were studied separately.

MSC:
62M10 Time series, auto-correlation, regression, etc. in statistics (GARCH)
62G08 Nonparametric regression and quantile regression
62J12 Generalized linear models (logistic models)
62H12 Estimation in multivariate analysis
62P12 Applications of statistics to environmental and related topics
62D10 Missing data
62M20 Inference from stochastic processes and prediction
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