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Has the U.S. Economy Become More Stable? A Bayesian Approach Based on a MarkovSwitching Model of Business Cycle
, 1999
"... We hope to be able to provide answers to the following questions: 1) Has there been a structural break in postwar U.S. real GDP growth toward more stabilization? 2) If so, when would it have been? 3) What's the nature of the structural break? For this purpose, we employ a Bayesian approach to d ..."
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We hope to be able to provide answers to the following questions: 1) Has there been a structural break in postwar U.S. real GDP growth toward more stabilization? 2) If so, when would it have been? 3) What's the nature of the structural break? For this purpose, we employ a Bayesian approach to dealing with structural break at an unknown changepoint in a Markovswitching model of business cycle. Empirical results suggest that there has been a structural break in U.S. real GDP growth toward more stabilization, with the posterior mode of the break date around 1984:1. Furthermore, we #nd a narrowing gap between growth rates during recessions and booms is at least as important as a decline in the volatility of shocks. Key Words: Bayes Factor, Gibbs sampling, Marginal Likelihood, MarkovSwitching, Stabilization, Structural Break. JEL Classi#cations: C11, C12, C22, E32. 1. Introduction In the literature, the issue of postwar stabilization of the U.S. economy relative to the prewar period has...
The Less Volatile U.S. Economy: A Bayesian Investigation of Timing, Breadth, and Potential Explanations
, 2003
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The Equity Premium and Structural Breaks
, 2000
"... A long return history is useftil in estimating the current equity premium even if the historical distribution has experienced structural breaks. The long series helps not only if the timing of breaks is uncertain but also if one believes that large shifts in the premium are unlikely or that the prem ..."
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A long return history is useftil in estimating the current equity premium even if the historical distribution has experienced structural breaks. The long series helps not only if the timing of breaks is uncertain but also if one believes that large shifts in the premium are unlikely or that the premium is associated, in part, with volatility. Our framework incorporates these features along with a belief that prices are likely to move opposite to contemporaneous shifts in the premium. The estimated premium since 1834 fluctuates between four and six percent and exhibits its sharpest drop in the last decade.
Bayesian Online Changepoint Detection
"... Changepoints are abrupt variations in the generative parameters of a data sequence. Online detection of changepoints is useful in modelling and prediction of time series in application areas such as finance, biometrics, and robotics. While frequentist methods have yielded online filtering and predic ..."
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Changepoints are abrupt variations in the generative parameters of a data sequence. Online detection of changepoints is useful in modelling and prediction of time series in application areas such as finance, biometrics, and robotics. While frequentist methods have yielded online filtering and prediction techniques, most Bayesian papers have focused on the retrospective segmentation problem. Here we examine the case where the model parameters before and after the changepoint are independent and we derive an online algorithm for exact inference of the most recent changepoint. We compute the probability distribution of the length of the current “run, ” or time since the last changepoint, using a simple messagepassing algorithm. Our implementation is highly modular so that the algorithm may be applied to a variety of types of data. We illustrate this modularity by demonstrating the algorithm on three different realworld data sets. 1
How Costly is it to Ignore Breaks when Forecasting the Direction of a Time Series?
, 2003
"... Empirical evidence suggests that many macroeconomic and financial time series are subject to occasional structural breaks. In this paper we present analytical results quantifying the effects of such breaks on the correlation between the forecast and the realization and on the ability to forecast ..."
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Empirical evidence suggests that many macroeconomic and financial time series are subject to occasional structural breaks. In this paper we present analytical results quantifying the effects of such breaks on the correlation between the forecast and the realization and on the ability to forecast the sign or direction of a timeseries that is subject to breaks. Our results suggest that it can be very costly to ignore breaks. Forecasting approaches that condition on the most recent break are likely to perform better over unconditional approaches that use expanding or rolling estimation windows provided that the break is reasonably large.
2007): “Efficient Bayesian Inference for Multiple ChangePoint and Mixture Innovation Models,” forthcoming
 Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
"... Time series subject to parameter shifts of random magnitude and timing are commonly modeled with a changepoint approach using Chib’s (1998) algorithm to draw the break dates. We outline some advantages of an alternative approach in which breaks come through mixture distributions in state innovation ..."
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Time series subject to parameter shifts of random magnitude and timing are commonly modeled with a changepoint approach using Chib’s (1998) algorithm to draw the break dates. We outline some advantages of an alternative approach in which breaks come through mixture distributions in state innovations, and for which the sampler of Gerlach, Carter and Kohn (2000) allows reliable and efficient inference. We show how the same sampler can be used to (i) model shifts in variance that occur independently of shifts in other parameters (ii) draw the break dates in O(n) rather than O(n 3) operations in the changepoint model of Koop and Potter (2004b), the most general to date. Finally, we introduce to the time series literature the concept of adaptive MetropolisHastings sampling for discrete latent variable models. We develop an easily implemented adaptive algorithm that improves on Gerlach et al. (2000) and promises to significantly reduce computing time in a variety of problems including mixture innovation, changepoint, regimeswitching, and outlier detection. The efficiency gains on two models for U.S. inflation and real interest rates are 257 % and 341%.
Methods for inference in large multipleequation Markovswitching models
 Journal of Econometrics
, 2008
"... Inference for multipleequation Markovchain models raises a number of difficulties that are unlikely to appear in smaller models. Our framework allows for many regimes in the transition matrix, without letting the number of free parameters grow as the square as the number of regimes, but also witho ..."
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Inference for multipleequation Markovchain models raises a number of difficulties that are unlikely to appear in smaller models. Our framework allows for many regimes in the transition matrix, without letting the number of free parameters grow as the square as the number of regimes, but also without losing a convenient form for the posterior distribution. Calculation of marginal data densities is difficult in these highdimensional models. This paper gives methods to overcome these difficulties and explains why existing methods are unreliable. It makes suggestions for maximizing posterior density and initiating MCMC simulations that provide robustness against the complex likelihood shape. JEL: C32; C52; E4. Key words: Density overlap; new MHM; incremental and discontinuous changes;
MCMCpack: Markov Chain Monte Carlo in R
 Journal of Statistical Software
, 2011
"... We introduce MCMCpack (Martin and Quinn 2007), an R package that contains functions to perform Bayesian inference using posterior simulation for a number of statistical models. In addition to code that can be used to fit commonly used models, MCMCpack also contains some useful utility functions, inc ..."
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We introduce MCMCpack (Martin and Quinn 2007), an R package that contains functions to perform Bayesian inference using posterior simulation for a number of statistical models. In addition to code that can be used to fit commonly used models, MCMCpack also contains some useful utility functions, including some additional density functions and pseudorandom number generators for statistical distributions, a general purpose Metropolis sampling algorithm, and tools for visualization.
Detection of radio transmitter turnon transients
 In Electronic Letters
, 1996
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Forecasting and Estimating Multiple Changepoint Models with an Unknown Number of Changepoints
, 2006
"... This paper develops a new approach to changepoint modeling that allows the number of changepoints in the observed sample to be unknown. The model we develop assumes regime durations have a Poisson distribution. It approximately nests the two most common approaches: the time varying parameter model ..."
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This paper develops a new approach to changepoint modeling that allows the number of changepoints in the observed sample to be unknown. The model we develop assumes regime durations have a Poisson distribution. It approximately nests the two most common approaches: the time varying parameter model with a changepoint every period and the changepoint model with a small number of regimes. We focus considerable attention on the construction of reasonable hierarchical priors both for regime durations and for the parameters which characterize each regime. A Markov Chain Monte Carlo posterior sampler is constructed to estimate a version of our model which allows for change in conditional means and variances. We show how real time forecasting can be done in an efficient manner using sequential importance sampling. Our techniques are found to work well in an empirical exercise involving US GDP growth and in‡ation. Empirical results suggest that the number of changepoints is larger than previously estimated in these series and the implied model is similar to a time varying parameter (with stochastic volatility) model.