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Constructing minimum-width confidence bands

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  • Schüssler, Rainer
  • Trede, Mark

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We construct minimum-width confidence bands with a predefined nominal coverage from a finite set of sample paths. In contrast to the several heuristics suggested in the literature, our mixed-integer optimization algorithm calculates global minimum-width pathwise confidence bands. For very large problems, our solution can be used as an approximation with a bounded and known gap to the globally optimal solution.

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  • Schüssler, Rainer & Trede, Mark, 2016. "Constructing minimum-width confidence bands," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 182-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:145:y:2016:i:c:p:182-185
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.06.013
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    Keywords

    Pathwise confidence bands; Mixed-integer optimization; Multiperiod forecasts;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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