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Truncated Dynamics and Estimation of DiffusionEquations

  • Serge Darolles


  • Christian Gourieroux


We study inference on continuous-time processes from discrete data with a given time interval between consecutive observations, and propose a modification of the sieve estimation method based on the infinitesimal generator. Our approach consists on truncating the initial process to improve the estimation of the eigenfunctions at the boundaries of the set of admissible values. For diffusion processes, nonparametric estimation of the drift and volatility are derived. A prior truncation is also useful to eliminate in practice the specific dynamics of extreme risks.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 97-36.

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Date of creation: 1997
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