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PhD EF Lunch Seminar: Giuseppe Buccheri

"Filtering and smoothing with score-driven models"
Dec. 3, 1 pm, room A (1st floor, Bldg B)

Economia PhD EF

Tuesday 03 December 2019



We propose a methodology for filtering, smoothing and assessing parameter and filtering uncertainty in misspecified score-driven models. Our technique is based on a general representation of the well-known Kalman filter and smoother recursions for linear Gaussian models in terms of the score of the conditional log-likelihood. We prove that, when data are generated by a nonlinear non-Gaussian state-space model, the proposed methodology results from a first-order expansion of the true observation density around the optimal filter. The error made by such approximation is assessed analytically. As shown in extensive Monte-Carlo analyses, our methodology performs very similarly to exact simulation-based methods, while remaining computationally extremely simple. We illustrate empirically the advantages in employing score-driven models as misspecified filters rather than purely predictive processes.


Giuseppe Buccheri
Postdoctoral research fellow
Scuola Normale Superiore