Adaptive Semiparametric Estimation of the Memory Parameter
In Giraitis, Robinson, and Samarov (1997), we have shown that the optimal rate for memory parameter estimators in semiparametric long memory models with degree of "local smoothness" [beta] is n-r([beta]), r([beta])=[beta]/(2[beta]+1), and that a log-periodogram regression estimator (a modified Geweke and Porter-Hudak (1983) estimator) with maximum frequency m=m([beta])[asymptotically equal to]n2r([beta]) is rate optimal. The question which we address in this paper is what is the best obtainable rate when [beta] is unknown, so that estimators cannot depend on [beta]. We obtain a lower bound for the asymptotic quadratic risk of any such adaptive estimator, which turns out to be larger than the optimal nonadaptive rate n-r([beta]) by a logarithmic factor. We then consider a modified log-periodogram regression estimator based on tapered data and with a data-dependent maximum frequency m=m([beta]), which depends on an adaptively chosen estimator [beta] of [beta], and show, using methods proposed by Lepskii (1990) in another context, that this estimator attains the lower bound up to a logarithmic factor. On one hand, this means that this estimator has nearly optimal rate among all adaptive (free from [beta]) estimators, and, on the other hand, it shows near optimality of our data-dependent choice of the rate of the maximum frequency for the modified log-periodogram regression estimator. The proofs contain results which are also of independent interest: one result shows that data tapering gives a significant improvement in asymptotic properties of covariances of discrete Fourier transforms of long memory time series, while another gives an exponential inequality for the modified log-periodogram regression estimator.
Volume (Year): 72 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
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