Estimating Time Series Models Using the Relevant Cost Function
In many forecasting problems, the forecast cost function is used only in evaluating the forecasts; a second cost function is used in estimating the parameters in the model. In this paper, I explore some of the ways in which the forecast cost function can be used in estimating the parameters and, more generally, in producing the forecasts. I define the optimal forecast and note that it may depend on the entire conditional distribution of the data, which is typically unknown. I then consider three of the steps involved in forming the forecast: approximating the optimal forecast, selecting the model, and estimating any unknown parameters. The forecast cost function forms the basis of the approximation, selection, and estimation. The methods are illustrated using time series models applied to 15 US macroeconomic series and in a small Monte Carlo experiment. Copyright 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 11 (1996)
Issue (Month): 5 (Sept.-Oct.)
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