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Strictly Proper Scoring Rules, Prediction, and Estimation
, 2007
"... Scoring rules assess the quality of probabilistic forecasts, by assigning a numerical score based on the predictive distribution and on the event or value that materializes. A scoring rule is proper if the forecaster maximizes the expected score for an observation drawn from the distribution F if he ..."
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Scoring rules assess the quality of probabilistic forecasts, by assigning a numerical score based on the predictive distribution and on the event or value that materializes. A scoring rule is proper if the forecaster maximizes the expected score for an observation drawn from the distribution F if he or she issues the probabilistic forecast F, rather than G ̸ = F. It is strictly proper if the maximum is unique. In prediction problems, proper scoring rules encourage the forecaster to make careful assessments and to be honest. In estimation problems, strictly proper scoring rules provide attractive loss and utility functions that can be tailored to the problem at hand. This article reviews and develops the theory of proper scoring rules on general probability spaces, and proposes and discusses examples thereof. Proper scoring rules derive from convex functions and relate to information measures, entropy functions, and Bregman divergences. In the case of categorical variables, we prove a rigorous version of the Savage representation. Examples of scoring rules for probabilistic forecasts in the form of predictive densities include the logarithmic, spherical, pseudospherical, and quadratic scores. The continuous ranked probability score applies to probabilistic forecasts that take the form of predictive cumulative distribution functions. It generalizes the absolute error and forms a special case of a new and very general type of score, the energy score. Like many other scoring rules, the energy score admits a kernel representation in terms of negative definite functions, with links to inequalities of Hoeffding type, in both univariate and multivariate settings. Proper scoring rules for quantile and interval forecasts are also discussed. We relate proper scoring rules to Bayes factors and to crossvalidation, and propose a novel form of crossvalidation known as randomfold crossvalidation. A case study on probabilistic weather forecasts in the North American Pacific Northwest illustrates the importance of propriety. We note optimum score approaches to point and quantile
Forecast Combinations
 Handbook of Economic Forecasting
, 2006
"... Forecast combinations have frequently been found in empirical studies to produce better forecasts on average than methods based on the exante best individual forecasting model. Moreover, simple combinations that ignore correlations between forecast errors often dominate more refined combination sch ..."
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Forecast combinations have frequently been found in empirical studies to produce better forecasts on average than methods based on the exante best individual forecasting model. Moreover, simple combinations that ignore correlations between forecast errors often dominate more refined combination schemes aimed at estimating the theoretically optimal combination weights. In this chapter we analyze theoretically the factors that determine the advantages from combining forecasts (for example, the degree of correlation between forecast errors and the relative size of the individual models’ forecast error variances). Although the reasons for the success of simple combination schemes are poorly understood, we discuss several possibilities related to model misspecification, instability (nonstationarities) and estimation error in situations where thenumbersofmodelsislargerelativetothe available sample size. We discuss the role of combinations under asymmetric loss and consider combinations of point, interval and probability forecasts. Key words: Forecast combinations; pooling and trimming; shrinkage methods; model misspecification, diversification gains
Tests of conditional predictive ability
 Econometrica
, 2006
"... We argue that the current framework for predictive ability testing (e.g.,West, 1996) is not necessarily useful for realtime forecast selection, i.e., for assessing which of two competing forecasting methods will perform better in the future. We propose an alternative framework for outofsample com ..."
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We argue that the current framework for predictive ability testing (e.g.,West, 1996) is not necessarily useful for realtime forecast selection, i.e., for assessing which of two competing forecasting methods will perform better in the future. We propose an alternative framework for outofsample comparison of predictive ability which delivers more practically relevant conclusions. Our approach is based on inference about conditional expectations of forecasts and forecast errors rather than the unconditional expectations that are the focus of the existing literature. We capture important determinants of forecast performance that are neglected in the existing literature by evaluating what we call the forecasting method (the model and the parameter estimation procedure), rather than just the forecasting model. Compared to previous approaches, our tests are valid under more general data assumptions (heterogeneity rather than stationarity) and estimation methods, and they can handle comparison of both nested and nonnested models, which is not currently possible. To illustrate the usefulness of the proposed tests, we compare the forecast performance of three leading parameterreduction methods for macroeconomic forecasting using a large number of predictors: a sequential model selection approach,
Quantile Regression under Misspecification, with an Application to the U.S
 Wage Structure. Econometrica
, 2006
"... Quantile regression (QR) fits a linear model for conditional quantiles, just as ordinary least squares (OLS) fits a linear model for conditional means. An attractive feature of OLS is that it gives the minimum mean square error linear approximation to the conditional expectation function even when t ..."
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Quantile regression (QR) fits a linear model for conditional quantiles, just as ordinary least squares (OLS) fits a linear model for conditional means. An attractive feature of OLS is that it gives the minimum mean square error linear approximation to the conditional expectation function even when the linear model is misspecified. Empirical research using quantile regression with discrete covariates suggests that QR may have a similar property, but the exact nature of the linear approximation has remained elusive. In this paper, we show that QR minimizes a weighted meansquared error loss function for specification error. The weighting function is an average density of the dependent variable near the true conditional quantile. The weighted least squares interpretation of QR is used to derive an omitted variables bias formula and a partial quantile regression concept, similar to the relationship between partial regression and OLS. We also present asymptotic theory for the QR process under misspecification of the conditional quantile function. The approximation properties of QR are illustrated using wage data from the US census. These results point to major changes in inequality from 19902000.
Forecast encompassing tests and probability forecasts
, 2006
"... We consider tests of forecast encompassing for probability forecasts, for both quadratic and logarithmic scoring rules. We propose test statistics for the null of forecast encompassing, present the limiting distributions of the test statistics, and investigate the impact of estimating the forecastin ..."
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We consider tests of forecast encompassing for probability forecasts, for both quadratic and logarithmic scoring rules. We propose test statistics for the null of forecast encompassing, present the limiting distributions of the test statistics, and investigate the impact of estimating the forecasting models’ parameters on these distributions. The smallsample performance is investigated, in terms of small numbers of forecasts and model estimation sample sizes. We show the usefulness of the tests for the evaluation of recession probability forecasts from logit models with different leading indicators as explanatory variables, and for evaluating surveybased probability forecasts.
Explanations of the inconsistencies in survey respondents’ forecasts
, 2008
"... A comparison of the point forecasts and the central tendencies of probability distributions of inflation and output growth of the SPF indicates that the point forecasts are sometimes optimistic relative to the probability distributions. We consider and evaluate a number of possible explanations for ..."
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A comparison of the point forecasts and the central tendencies of probability distributions of inflation and output growth of the SPF indicates that the point forecasts are sometimes optimistic relative to the probability distributions. We consider and evaluate a number of possible explanations for this finding, including the degree of uncertainty concerning the future, computational costs, delayed updating, and asymmetric loss. We also consider the relative accuracy of the two sets of forecasts.
Comparing Density Forecasts Using Threshold and Quantile Weighted Scoring Rules
, 2008
"... We propose a method for comparing density forecasts that is based on weighted versions of the continuous ranked probability score. The weighting emphasizes regions of interest, such as the tails or the center of a variable’s range, while retaining propriety, as opposed to a recently developed weight ..."
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We propose a method for comparing density forecasts that is based on weighted versions of the continuous ranked probability score. The weighting emphasizes regions of interest, such as the tails or the center of a variable’s range, while retaining propriety, as opposed to a recently developed weighted likelihood ratio test, which can be hedged. Threshold and quantile based decompositions of the continuous ranked probability score can be illustrated graphically and prompt insights into the strengths and deficiencies of a forecasting method. We illustrate the use of the test and graphical tools in case studies on the Bank of England’s density forecasts of quarterly inflation rates in the United Kingdom, and probabilistic predictions of wind resources in the
HEC Montreal
, 2007
"... A large literature has considered predictability of the conditional equity premium but little is known about the extent to which other parts of the distribution of stock returns are predictable. We explore this issue in a quantile regression framework and consider whether a range of common predictor ..."
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A large literature has considered predictability of the conditional equity premium but little is known about the extent to which other parts of the distribution of stock returns are predictable. We explore this issue in a quantile regression framework and consider whether a range of common predictor variables proposed in the finance literature are helpful in predicting different quantiles of stock returns representing left tails, right tails or shoulders of the return distribution. Many variables are found to have an asymmetric effect on the return distribution, affecting lower and upper quantiles very differently. Outofsample forecasts suggest that upper quantiles of the return distribution can be predicted by means of timevarying state variables and that there are substantial gains in predictive accuracy from combining forecasts from univariate quantile models. Economic gains from utilizing information in timevarying quantile forecasts are demonstrated through portfolio selection and option trading experiments. 1
Center of Statistics and Applications
, 2011
"... In McAleer et al. (2010b), a robust risk management strategy to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was proposed under the Basel II Accord by selecting a ValueatRisk (VaR) forecast that combines the forecasts of different VaR models. The robust forecast was based on the median of the point VaR forec ..."
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In McAleer et al. (2010b), a robust risk management strategy to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was proposed under the Basel II Accord by selecting a ValueatRisk (VaR) forecast that combines the forecasts of different VaR models. The robust forecast was based on the median of the point VaR forecasts of a set of conditional volatility models. In this paper we provide further evidence on the suitability of the median as a GFCrobust strategy by using an additional set of new extreme value forecasting models and by extending the sample period for comparison. These extreme value models include DPOT and Conditional EVT. Such models might be expected to be useful in explaining financial data, especially in the presence of extreme shocks that arise during a GFC. Our empirical results confirm that the median remains GFCrobust even in the
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICSQuantile Forecasts of Daily Exchange Rate Returns from Forecasts of Realized Volatility
, 2006
"... Quantile forecasts are central to risk management decisions because of the widespread use of ValueatRisk. A quantile forecast is the product of two factors: the model used to forecast volatility, and the method of computing quantiles from the volatility forecasts. In this paper we calculate and ev ..."
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Quantile forecasts are central to risk management decisions because of the widespread use of ValueatRisk. A quantile forecast is the product of two factors: the model used to forecast volatility, and the method of computing quantiles from the volatility forecasts. In this paper we calculate and evaluate quantile forecasts of the daily exchange rate returns of …ve currencies. The forecasting models that have been used in recent analyses of the predictability of daily realized volatility permit a comparison of the predictive power of di¤erent measures of intraday variation and intraday returns in forecasting exchange rate variability. The methods of computing quantile forecasts include making distributional assumptions for future daily returns as well as using the empirical distribution of predicted standardized returns with both rolling and recursive samples. Our main …ndings are that the HAR model provides more accurate volatility and quantile forecasts for currencies which experience shifts in volatility, such as the Canadian dollar, and that the use of the empirical distribution to calculate quantiles can improve forecasts when there are shifts.