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Robust estimation for the covariance matrix of multivariate time series based on normal mixtures


  • Kim, Byungsoo
  • Lee, Sangyeol


In this paper, we study the robust estimation for the covariance matrix of stationary multivariate time series. As a robust estimator, we propose to use a minimum density power divergence estimator (MDPDE) designed by Basu et al. (1998). To supplement the result of Kim and Lee (2011), we employ a multivariate normal mixture family instead of a multivariate normal family. As a special case, we consider the robust estimator for the autocovariance function of univariate stationary time series. It is shown that the MDPDE is strongly consistent and asymptotically normal under regularity conditions. Simulation results are provided for illustration. A real data analysis applied to the portfolio selection problem is also considered.

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  • Kim, Byungsoo & Lee, Sangyeol, 2013. "Robust estimation for the covariance matrix of multivariate time series based on normal mixtures," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 125-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:57:y:2013:i:1:p:125-140 DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2012.06.012

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    1. Song, Junmo & Oh, Dong-hyun & Kang, Jiwon, 2017. "Robust estimation in stochastic frontier models," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 243-267.
    2. Byungsoo Kim & Sangyeol Lee, 2014. "Minimum density power divergence estimator for covariance matrix based on skew $$t$$ t distribution," Statistical Methods & Applications, Springer;Società Italiana di Statistica, vol. 23(4), pages 565-575, November.


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