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g01epf (prob_​durbin_​watson)

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1 Purpose

g01epf calculates upper and lower bounds for the significance of a Durbin–Watson statistic.

2 Specification

Fortran Interface
Subroutine g01epf ( n, ip, d, pdl, pdu, work, ifail)
Integer, Intent (In) :: n, ip
Integer, Intent (Inout) :: ifail
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (In) :: d
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Out) :: pdl, pdu, work(n)
C Header Interface
#include <nag.h>
void  g01epf_ (const Integer *n, const Integer *ip, const double *d, double *pdl, double *pdu, double work[], Integer *ifail)
The routine may be called by the names g01epf or nagf_stat_prob_durbin_watson.

3 Description

Let r = (r1,r2,,rn) T be the residuals from a linear regression of y on p independent variables, including the mean, where the y values y1,y2,,yn can be considered as a time series. The Durbin–Watson test (see Durbin and Watson (1950), Durbin and Watson (1951) and Durbin and Watson (1971)) can be used to test for serial correlation in the error term in the regression.
The Durbin–Watson test statistic is:
d=i=1 n-1 (ri+1-ri) 2 i=1nri2 ,  
which can be written as
d=rTAr rTr ,  
where the n×n matrix A is given by
A=[ 1 −1 0 : −1 2 −1 : 0 −1 2 : : 0 −1 : : : : : : : : −1 0 0 0 1 ]  
with the nonzero eigenvalues of the matrix A being λj=(1-cos(πj/n)), for j=1,2,,n-1.
Durbin and Watson show that the exact distribution of d depends on the eigenvalues of a matrix HA, where H is the hat matrix of independent variables, i.e., the matrix such that the vector of fitted values, y^, can be written as y^=Hy. However, bounds on the distribution can be obtained, the lower bound being
dl=i=1 n-pλiui2 i=1 n-pui2  
and the upper bound being
du=i= 1 n-pλi- 1+pui2 i= 1 n-pui2 ,  
where ui are independent standard Normal variables.
Two algorithms are used to compute the lower tail (significance level) probabilities, pl and pu, associated with dl and du. If n60 the procedure due to Pan (1964) is used, see Farebrother (1980), otherwise Imhof's method (see Imhof (1961)) is used.
The bounds are for the usual test of positive correlation; if a test of negative correlation is required the value of d should be replaced by 4-d.

4 References

Durbin J and Watson G S (1950) Testing for serial correlation in least squares regression. I Biometrika 37 409–428
Durbin J and Watson G S (1951) Testing for serial correlation in least squares regression. II Biometrika 38 159–178
Durbin J and Watson G S (1971) Testing for serial correlation in least squares regression. III Biometrika 58 1–19
Farebrother R W (1980) Algorithm AS 153. Pan's procedure for the tail probabilities of the Durbin–Watson statistic Appl. Statist. 29 224–227
Imhof J P (1961) Computing the distribution of quadratic forms in Normal variables Biometrika 48 419–426
Newbold P (1988) Statistics for Business and Economics Prentice–Hall
Pan Jie–Jian (1964) Distributions of the noncircular serial correlation coefficients Shuxue Jinzhan 7 328–337

5 Arguments

1: n Integer Input
On entry: n, the number of observations used in calculating the Durbin–Watson statistic.
Constraint: n>ip.
2: ip Integer Input
On entry: p, the number of independent variables in the regression model, including the mean.
Constraint: ip1.
3: d Real (Kind=nag_wp) Input
On entry: d, the Durbin–Watson statistic.
Constraint: d0.0.
4: pdl Real (Kind=nag_wp) Output
On exit: lower bound for the significance of the Durbin–Watson statistic, pl.
5: pdu Real (Kind=nag_wp) Output
On exit: upper bound for the significance of the Durbin–Watson statistic, pu.
6: work(n) Real (Kind=nag_wp) array Workspace
7: ifail Integer Input/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to 0, −1 or 1 to set behaviour on detection of an error; these values have no effect when no error is detected.
A value of 0 causes the printing of an error message and program execution will be halted; otherwise program execution continues. A value of −1 means that an error message is printed while a value of 1 means that it is not.
If halting is not appropriate, the value −1 or 1 is recommended. If message printing is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, the value 0 is recommended. When the value -1 or 1 is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: ifail=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).

6 Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry ifail=0 or −1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, ip=value.
Constraint: ip1.
On entry, n=value and ip=value.
Constraint: n>ip.
On entry, d=value.
Constraint: d0.0.
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please contact NAG.
See Section 7 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 8 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 9 in the Introduction to the NAG Library FL Interface for further information.

7 Accuracy

On successful exit at least 4 decimal places of accuracy are achieved.

8 Parallelism and Performance

Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
g01epf is not threaded in any implementation.

9 Further Comments

If the exact probabilities are required, then the first n-p eigenvalues of HA can be computed and g01jdf used to compute the required probabilities with c set to 0.0 and d to the Durbin–Watson statistic.

10 Example

The values of n, p and the Durbin–Watson statistic d are input and the bounds for the significance level calculated and printed.

10.1 Program Text

Program Text (g01epfe.f90)

10.2 Program Data

Program Data (g01epfe.d)

10.3 Program Results

Program Results (g01epfe.r)