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Higher-order accurate, positive semi-definite estimation of large-sample covariance and spectral density matrices

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A new class of HAC covariance matrix estimators is proposed based on the notion of a flat-top kernel as in Politis and Romano (1995)and Politis (2001). The new estimators are shown to be higher-order accurate when higher-order accuracy is possible, and a discussion on kernel choice is given. The higher-order accuracy of flat-top kernel estimators typically comes at the sacrifice of the positive semi-definite property. Nevertheless, we show how a modified flat-top estimator is positive semi-definite while maintaining its higher-order accuracy. In addition, an automatic and consistent procedure for optimal bandwidth choice for flat-top kernel HAC estimators is given. The general problem of spectral matrix estimation is also treated.

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  • Politis, Dimitris, 2005. "Higher-order accurate, positive semi-definite estimation of large-sample covariance and spectral density matrices," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt7qg2m9rz, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
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    1. Aston, John A.D. & Kirch, Claudia, 2012. "Detecting and estimating changes in dependent functional data," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 109(C), pages 204-220.

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    HAC estimations; spectral estimation;

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