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Dissecting Models' Forecasting Performance


  • Boriss Siliverstovs


In this paper we suggest an approach to comparison of models' forecasting performance in unstable environments. Our approach is based on combination of the Cumulated Sum of Squared Forecast Error Differential (CSSFED) suggested earlier in Welch and Goyal (2008) and the Bayesian change point analysis based on Barry and Hartigan (1993). The latter methodology provides the formal statistical analysis of the CSSFED time series which turned out to be a powerful graphical tool for tracking how the relative forecasting performance of competing models evolves over time. We illustrate the suggested approach by using forecasts of the GDP growth rate in Switzerland.

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  • Boriss Siliverstovs, 2015. "Dissecting Models' Forecasting Performance," KOF Working papers 15-397, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  • Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:15-397

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    Forecasting; Forecast Evaluation; Change Point Detection; Bayesian Estimation;

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