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Parameter estimation of selfsimilarity exponents


  • Becker-Kern, Peter
  • Pap, Gyula


The characteristic feature of operator selfsimilar stochastic processes is that a linear rescaling in time is equal in the sense of distributions to a linear operator rescaling in space, which in turn is characterized by the selfsimilarity exponent. The growth behaviour of such processes in any radial direction is determined by the real parts of the eigenvalues of the selfsimilarity exponent. We extend an estimation method of Meerschaert and Scheffler [M.M. Meerschaert, H.-P. Scheffler, Moment estimator for random vectors with heavy tails, J. Multivariate Anal. 71 (1999) 145-159, M.M. Meerschaert, H.-P. Scheffler, Portfolio modeling with heavy tailed random vectors, in: S.T. Rachev (Ed.), Handbook of Heavy Tailed Distributions in Finance, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, 2003, pp. 595-640] to be applicable for estimating the real parts of the eigenvalues of the selfsimilarity exponent and corresponding spectral directions given by the eigenvectors. More generally, the results are applied to operator semi-selfsimilar processes, which obey a weaker scaling property, and to certain Ornstein-Uhlenbeck type processes connected to operator semi-selfsimilar processes via Lamperti's transformation.

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  • Becker-Kern, Peter & Pap, Gyula, 2008. "Parameter estimation of selfsimilarity exponents," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 117-140, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:99:y:2008:i:1:p:117-140

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