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Testing and dating of structural changes in practice

  • Zeileis, Achim
  • Kleiber, Christian
  • Kramer, Walter
  • Hornik, Kurt

The paper presents an approach to the analysis of data that contains (multiple) structural changes in a linear regression setup. We implement various strategies which have been suggested in the literature for testing against structural changes as well as a dynamic programming algorithm for the dating of the breakpoints in the R statistical software package. Using historical data on Nile river discharges, road casualties in Great Britain and oil prices in Germany it is shown that changes in the mean of a time series as well as in the coefficients of a linear regression are easily matched with identifiable historical, political or economic events.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Computational Statistics & Data Analysis.

Volume (Year): 44 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (October)
Pages: 109-123

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Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:44:y:2003:i:1-2:p:109-123
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