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Application of modified information criterion to multiple change point problems


  • Pan, Jianmin
  • Chen, Jiahua


The modified information criterion (MIC) is applied to detect multiple change points in a sequence of independent random variables. We find that the method is consistent in selecting the correct model, and the resulting test statistic has a simple limiting distribution. We show that the estimators for locations of change points achieve the best convergence rate, and their limiting distribution can be expressed as a function of a random walk. A simulation is conducted to demonstrate the usefulness of this method by comparing the powers between the MIC and the Schwarz information criterion.

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  • Pan, Jianmin & Chen, Jiahua, 2006. "Application of modified information criterion to multiple change point problems," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 97(10), pages 2221-2241, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:97:y:2006:i:10:p:2221-2241

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    1. Schroeder, Anna Louise & Fryzlewicz, Piotr, 2013. "Adaptive trend estimation in financial time series via multiscale change-point-induced basis recovery," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 54934, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Cai, Xia & Tian, Yubin & Ning, Wei, 2017. "Modified information approach for detecting change points in piecewise linear failure rate function," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(C), pages 130-140.
    3. Marie Hušková & Zuzana Prášková, 2014. "Comments on: Extensions of some classical methods in change point analysis," TEST: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer;Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, vol. 23(2), pages 265-269, June.
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    5. Wu, Y., 2008. "Simultaneous change point analysis and variable selection in a regression problem," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 99(9), pages 2154-2171, October.


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