Authors: Dette, Holger
Preuß, Philip
Vetter, Mathias
Title: A test for stationarity based on empirical processes
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: In this paper we investigate the problem of testing the assumption of stationarity in locally stationary processes. The test is based on an estimate of a Kolmogorov-Smirnov-type distance between the true time-varying spectral density and its best approximation through a stationary spectral density. Convergence of a time-varying empirical spectral process indexed by a class of certain functions is proved and furthermore the consistency of a bootstrap procedure is shown, which is used to approximate the limiting distribution of the test statistic. Compared to other methods proposed in the literature for the problem of testing for stationarity the new approach has at least two advantages. On the one hand the test can detect local alternatives converging to the null hypothesis at a rate 1/sqrt(T) (where T denotes the sample size). On the other hand the method only requires the specification of one regularization parameter. The finite sample properties of the method are investigated by means of a simulation study and a comparison with two other tests is provided which have been proposed in the literature for testing stationarity.
Subject Headings: spectral density
locally stationary process
integrated periodogram
empirical spectral measure
goodness-of-fit tests
non-stationary processes
Issue Date: 2011-09-28
Appears in Collections:Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 823

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