Monitoring cyclical processes. A non-parametric approach
Forecasting the turning points in business cycles is important to economic and political decisions. Time series of business indicators often exhibit cycles that cannot easily be modelled with a parametric function. This article presents a method for monitoring time-series with cycles in order to detect the turning points. A non-parametric estimation procedure that uses only monotonicity restrictions is used. The methodology of statistical surveillance is used for developing a system for early warnings of cycle turning points in monthly data. In monitoring, the inference situation is one of repeated decisions. Measurements of the performance of a method of surveillance are, for example, average run length and expected delay to a correct alarm. The properties of the proposed monitoring system are evaluated by means of a simulation study. The false alarms are controlled by a fixed median run length to the first false alarm. Results are given on the median delay time to a correct alarm for two situations: a peak after two and three years respectively .
Volume (Year): 29 (2002)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
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