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Information, data dimension and factor structure

  • Jan Jacobs
  • Pieter Otter
  • Ard den Reijer

This paper employs concepts from information theory to choosing the dimension of a data set. We calculate relative measures of information in the data in terms of eigenvalues and derive criteria to determine the `optimal' size of the data set, in particular whether an extra variable adds information. The methods can be used as a first step in the construction of a dynamic factor model or a leading index, as illustrated with a macroeconomic data set on The Netherlands.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 150.

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