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Wavelet Estimation of Gegenbauer Processes: Simulation and Empirical Application


  • Heni Boubaker



The aim of this paper is to estimate the parameters of a stationary Gegenbauer process using a wavelet methodology where the selection of the orthonormal basis is given by generalized variance portmanteau test. Two other maximum likelihood estimators, including the Whittle and the wavelets—Whitcher (Technometrics 46:225–238, 2004 ) estimators, are also considered. We have shown by Monte-Carlo experiments that the new selection procedure improves considerably the Whittle and Whitcher estimators. Moreover, to assess the impact of volatility in the estimation methods, we assumed that the innovations $$\varepsilon _{t}$$ ε t are generated by univariate GARCH process. Simulation experiments show that the wavelets estimators perform better under most situations than the Whittle estimator. We then applied this new selection method to the consumer price index in monthly frequencies for the United States and find that this is more appropriate for forecasts. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Heni Boubaker, 2015. "Wavelet Estimation of Gegenbauer Processes: Simulation and Empirical Application," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 46(4), pages 551-574, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:compec:v:46:y:2015:i:4:p:551-574
    DOI: 10.1007/s10614-014-9471-6

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    Gegenbauer process; Wavelet analysis; Generalized variance portmanteau test; Heteroskedasticity; Monte-Carlo simulation; CPI; C13; C15; C22;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes


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