Information, data dimension and factor structure
This paper employs concepts from information theory for choosing the dimension of a data set. We propose a relative information measure connected to Kullback–Leibler numbers. By ordering the series of the data set according to the measure, we are able to obtain a subset of a data set that is most informative. The method can be used as a first step in the construction of a dynamic factor model or a leading index, as illustrated with a Monte Carlo study and with the US macroeconomic data set of Stock and Watson .
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Volume (Year): 106 (2012)
Issue (Month): C ()
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