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On selection of components for a diffusion index model: it's not the size, it's how you use it

  • Boriss Siliverstovs
  • Kinstantin Kholodilim

This article suggests a novel approach to pre-selection of the component series of the diffusion index based on their individual forecasting performance. It is shown that this targeted selection allows substantially improving the forecasting ability compared to the diffusion index models that are based on the largest available data set.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 12 ()
Pages: 1249-1254

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