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nag_rand_varma (g05pjc)


    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) generates a realization of a multivariate time series from a vector autoregressive moving average (VARMA) model. The realization may be continued or a new realization generated at subsequent calls to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc).

2  Specification

#include <nag.h>
#include <nagg05.h>
void  nag_rand_varma (Nag_OrderType order, Nag_ModeRNG mode, Integer n, Integer k, const double xmean[], Integer p, const double phi[], Integer q, const double theta[], const double var[], Integer pdv, double r[], Integer lr, Integer state[], double x[], Integer pdx, NagError *fail)

3  Description

Let the vector Xt = x1t,x2t,,xktT , denote a k-dimensional time series which is assumed to follow a vector autoregressive moving average (VARMA) model of the form:
Xt-μ= ϕ1Xt-1-μ+ϕ2Xt-2-μ++ϕpXt-p-μ+ εt-θ1εt-1-θ2εt-2--θqεt-q (1)
where εt = ε1t,ε2t,,εktT , is a vector of k residual series assumed to be Normally distributed with zero mean and covariance matrix Σ. The components of εt are assumed to be uncorrelated at non-simultaneous lags. The ϕi's and θj's are k by k matrices of parameters. ϕi, for i=1,2,,p, are called the autoregressive (AR) parameter matrices, and θj, for j=1,2,,q, the moving average (MA) parameter matrices. The parameters in the model are thus the p k by k ϕ-matrices, the q k by k θ-matrices, the mean vector μ and the residual error covariance matrix Σ. Let
Aϕ= ϕ1 I 0 . . . 0 ϕ2 0 I 0 . . 0 . . . . . . ϕp-1 0 . . . 0 I ϕp 0 . . . 0 0 pk×pk   and   Bθ= θ1 I 0 . . . 0 θ2 0 I 0 . . 0 . . . . . . θq- 1 0 . . . 0 I θq 0 . . . 0 0 qk×qk  
where I denotes the k by k identity matrix.
The model (1) must be both stationary and invertible. The model is said to be stationary if the eigenvalues of Aϕ lie inside the unit circle and invertible if the eigenvalues of Bθ lie inside the unit circle.
For k6 the VARMA model (1) is recast into state space form and a realization of the state vector at time zero computed. For all other cases the function computes a realization of the pre-observed vectors X0,X-1,,X1-p, ε0,ε-1,,ε1-q, from (1), see Shea (1988). This realization is then used to generate a sequence of successive time series observations. Note that special action is taken for pure MA models, that is for p=0.
At your request a new realization of the time series may be generated more efficiently using the information in a reference vector created during a previous call to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc). See the description of the argument mode in Section 5 for details.
The function returns a realization of X1,X2,,Xn. On a successful exit, the recent history is updated and saved in the array r so that nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) may be called again to generate a realization of Xn+1,Xn+2,, etc. See the description of the argument mode in Section 5 for details.
Further computational details are given in Shea (1988). Note, however, that nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) uses a spectral decomposition rather than a Cholesky factorization to generate the multivariate Normals. Although this method involves more multiplications than the Cholesky factorization method and is thus slightly slower it is more stable when faced with ill-conditioned covariance matrices. A method of assigning the AR and MA coefficient matrices so that the stationarity and invertibility conditions are satisfied is described in Barone (1987).
One of the initialization functions nag_rand_init_repeatable (g05kfc) (for a repeatable sequence if computed sequentially) or nag_rand_init_nonrepeatable (g05kgc) (for a non-repeatable sequence) must be called prior to the first call to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc).

4  References

Barone P (1987) A method for generating independent realisations of a multivariate normal stationary and invertible ARMAp,q process J. Time Ser. Anal. 8 125–130
Shea B L (1988) A note on the generation of independent realisations of a vector autoregressive moving average process J. Time Ser. Anal. 9 403–410

5  Arguments

1:     order Nag_OrderTypeInput
On entry: the order argument specifies the two-dimensional storage scheme being used, i.e., row-major ordering or column-major ordering. C language defined storage is specified by order=Nag_RowMajor. See Section in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for a more detailed explanation of the use of this argument.
Constraint: order=Nag_RowMajor or Nag_ColMajor.
2:     mode Nag_ModeRNGInput
On entry: a code for selecting the operation to be performed by the function.
Set up reference vector and compute a realization of the recent history.
Generate terms in the time series using reference vector set up in a prior call to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc).
Combine the operations of mode=Nag_InitializeReference and Nag_GenerateFromReference.
A new realization of the recent history is computed using information stored in the reference vector, and the following sequence of time series values are generated.
If mode=Nag_GenerateFromReference or Nag_ReGenerateFromReference, then you must ensure that the reference vector r and the values of k, p, q, xmean, phi, theta, var and pdv have not been changed between calls to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc).
Constraint: mode=Nag_InitializeReference, Nag_GenerateFromReference, Nag_InitializeAndGenerate or Nag_ReGenerateFromReference.
3:     n IntegerInput
On entry: n, the number of observations to be generated.
Constraint: n0.
4:     k IntegerInput
On entry: k, the dimension of the multivariate time series.
Constraint: k1.
5:     xmean[k] const doubleInput
On entry: μ, the vector of means of the multivariate time series.
6:     p IntegerInput
On entry: p, the number of autoregressive parameter matrices.
Constraint: p0.
7:     phi[k×k×p] const doubleInput
On entry: must contain the elements of the p×k×k autoregressive parameter matrices of the model, ϕ1,ϕ2,,ϕp. The i,jth element of ϕl is stored in phi[l-1×k×k+j-1×k+i-1] , for l=1,2,,p, i=1,2,,k and j=1,2,,k.
Constraint: the elements of phi must satisfy the stationarity condition.
8:     q IntegerInput
On entry: q, the number of moving average parameter matrices.
Constraint: q0.
9:     theta[k×k×q] const doubleInput
On entry: must contain the elements of the q×k×k moving average parameter matrices of the model, θ1,θ2,,θq. The i,jth element of θl is stored in theta[l-1×k×k+j-1×k+i-1], for l=1,2,,q, i=1,2,,k and j=1,2,,k.
Constraint: the elements of theta must be within the invertibility region.
10:   var[dim] const doubleInput
Note: the dimension, dim, of the array var must be at least pdv×k.
Where VARi,j appears in this document, it refers to the array element
  • var[j-1×pdv+i-1] when order=Nag_ColMajor;
  • var[i-1×pdv+j-1] when order=Nag_RowMajor.
On entry: VARi,j must contain the (i,j)th element of Σ, for i=1,2,,k and j=1,2,,k. Only the lower triangle is required.
Constraint: the elements of var must be such that Σ is positive semidefinite.
11:   pdv IntegerInput
On entry: the stride separating row or column elements (depending on the value of order) in the array var.
Constraint: pdvk.
12:   r[lr] doubleCommunication Array
On entry: if mode=Nag_GenerateFromReference or Nag_ReGenerateFromReference, the array r as output from the previous call to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) must be input without any change.
If mode=Nag_InitializeReference or Nag_InitializeAndGenerate, the contents of r need not be set.
On exit: information required for any subsequent calls to the function with mode=Nag_GenerateFromReference or Nag_ReGenerateFromReference. See Section 9.
13:   lr IntegerInput
On entry: the dimension of the array r.
  • if k6, lr5r2+1×k2+4r+3×k+4;
  • if k<6, lr p+q 2+1×k2+ 4×p+q+3×k+maxkrkr+2,k2 p+q 2+ll+3+k2q+1+4.
Where r=maxp,q and if p=0, l=kk+1/2, or if p1, l=kk+1/2+p-1k2.
See Section 9 for some examples of the required size of the array r.
14:   state[dim] IntegerCommunication Array
Note: the dimension, dim, of this array is dictated by the requirements of associated functions that must have been previously called. This array MUST be the same array passed as argument state in the previous call to nag_rand_init_repeatable (g05kfc) or nag_rand_init_nonrepeatable (g05kgc).
On entry: contains information on the selected base generator and its current state.
On exit: contains updated information on the state of the generator.
15:   x[dim] doubleOutput
Note: the dimension, dim, of the array x must be at least
  • max1,pdx×n when order=Nag_ColMajor;
  • max1,k×pdx when order=Nag_RowMajor.
Where Xi,t appears in this document, it refers to the array element
  • x[t-1×pdx+i-1] when order=Nag_ColMajor;
  • x[i-1×pdx+t-1] when order=Nag_RowMajor.
On exit: Xi,t will contain a realization of the ith component of Xt, for i=1,2,,k and t=1,2,,n.
16:   pdx IntegerInput
On entry: the stride separating row or column elements (depending on the value of order) in the array x.
  • if order=Nag_ColMajor, pdxk;
  • if order=Nag_RowMajor, pdxn.
17:   fail NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 2.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, argument value had an illegal value.
The reference vector cannot be computed because the AR parameters are too close to the boundary of the stationarity region.
On entry, k=value.
Constraint: k1.
On entry, lr is not large enough, lr=value: minimum length required =value.
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n0.
On entry, p=value.
Constraint: p0.
On entry, pdv=value.
Constraint: pdv>0.
On entry, pdx=value.
Constraint: pdx>0.
On entry, q=value.
Constraint: q0.
On entry, pdv=value and k=value.
Constraint: pdvk.
On entry, pdx=value and k=value.
Constraint: pdxk.
On entry, pdx=value and n=value.
Constraint: pdxn.
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this function. Please contact NAG.
See Section 2.7.6 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, state vector has been corrupted or not initialized.
On entry, the moving average parameter matrices are such that the model is non-invertible.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 2.7.5 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, the covariance matrix var is not positive semidefinite to machine precision.
k is not the same as when r was set up in a previous call.
Previous value of k=value and k=value.
On entry, the AR parameters are outside the stationarity region.
An excessive number of iterations were required by the NAG function used to evaluate the eigenvalues of the covariance matrix.
An excessive number of iterations were required by the NAG function used to evaluate the eigenvalues of the matrices used to test for stationarity or invertibility.
An excessive number of iterations were required by the NAG function used to evaluate the eigenvalues stored in the reference vector.

7  Accuracy

The accuracy is limited by the matrix computations performed, and this is dependent on the condition of the argument and covariance matrices.

8  Parallelism and Performance

nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the x06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this function. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

9  Further Comments

Note that, in reference to fail.code= NE_INVERTIBILITY, nag_rand_varma (g05pjc) will permit moving average parameters on the boundary of the invertibility region.
The elements of r contain amongst other information details of the spectral decompositions which are used to generate future multivariate Normals. Note that these eigenvectors may not be unique on different machines. For example the eigenvectors corresponding to multiple eigenvalues may be permuted. Although an effort is made to ensure that the eigenvectors have the same sign on all machines, differences in the signs may theoretically still occur.
The following table gives some examples of the required size of the array r, specified by the argument lr, for k=1,2 or 3, and for various values of p and q.
    0 1 2 3
    13 20 31 46
  0 36 56 92 144
    85 124 199 310
    19 30 45 64
  1 52 88 140 208
    115 190 301 448
    35 50 69 92
  2 136 188 256 340
    397 508 655 838
    57 76 99 126
  3 268 336 420 520
    877 1024 1207 1426
Note that nag_tsa_arma_roots (g13dxc) may be used to check whether a VARMA model is stationary and invertible.
The time taken depends on the values of p, q and especially n and k.

10  Example

This program generates two realizations, each of length 48, from the bivariate AR(1) model
ϕ1= 0.80 0.07 0.00 0.58 ,  
μ= 5.00 9.00 ,  
Σ= 2.97 0 0.64 5.38 .  
The pseudorandom number generator is initialized by a call to nag_rand_init_repeatable (g05kfc). Then, in the first call to nag_rand_varma (g05pjc), mode=Nag_InitializeAndGenerate in order to set up the reference vector before generating the first realization. In the subsequent call mode=Nag_ReGenerateFromReference and a new recent history is generated and used to generate the second realization.

10.1  Program Text

Program Text (g05pjce.c)

10.2  Program Data

Program Data (g05pjce.d)

10.3  Program Results

Program Results (g05pjce.r)

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