Every week, we select a recently published Open Access article to feature. This week’s article is from the Journal of Time Series Analysis and derives a bound for the Wasserstein distance of the finite-sample distribution of the estimator of the autocovariance and cross-covariance to the Gaussian limit.
The article’s abstract is given below, with the full article available to read here.
Anastasiou, A. and Kley, T. (2023), Wasserstein distance bounds on the normal approximation of empirical autocovariances and cross-covariances under non-stationarity and stationarity. J. Time Ser. Anal.. https://doi.org/10.1111/jtsa.12716
The autocovariance and cross-covariance functions naturally appear in many time series procedures (e.g. autoregression or prediction). Under assumptions, empirical versions of the autocovariance and cross-covariance are asymptotically normal with covariance structure depending on the second- and fourth-order spectra. Under non-restrictive assumptions, we derive a bound for the Wasserstein distance of the finite-sample distribution of the estimator of the autocovariance and cross-covariance to the Gaussian limit. An error of approximation to the second-order moments of the estimator and an �-dependent approximation are the key ingredients to obtain the bound. As a worked example, we discuss how to compute the bound for causal autoregressive processes of order 1 with different distributions for the innovations. To assess our result, we compare our bound to Wasserstein distances obtained via simulation.More Details