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A simple variable selection technique for nonlinear models

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  • Rech, Gianluigi

    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Teräsvirta, Timo

    () (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Tschernig, Rolf

    (Institut für Statistik und Ökonometrie)

Abstract

Applying nonparametric variable selection criteria in nonlinear regression models generally requires a substantial computational effort if the data set is large. In this paper we present a selection technique that is computationally much less demanding and performs well in comparison with methods currently available. It is based on a Taylor expansion of the nonlinear model around a given point in the sample space. Performing the selection only requires repeated least squares estimation of models that are linear in parameters. The main limitation of the method is that the number of variables among which to select cannot be very large if the sample is small and the order of an adequate Taylor expansion is high. Large samples can be handled without problems.

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  • Rech, Gianluigi & Teräsvirta, Timo & Tschernig, Rolf, 1999. "A simple variable selection technique for nonlinear models," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 296, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 06 Apr 2000.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0296
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    1. Rolf Tschernig & Lijian Yang, 2000. "Nonparametric Lag Selection for Time Series," Journal of Time Series Analysis, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(4), pages 457-487, July.
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    Keywords

    Autoregression; nonlinear regression; nonlinear time series; nonparametric variable selection; time series modelling;
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    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation

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