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Distribution of Residual Autocorrelations in Autoregressive-Integrated Moving Average Time Series Models

G. E. P. Box and David A. Pierce
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 65, No. 332 (Dec., 1970), pp. 1509-1526
DOI: 10.2307/2284333
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2284333
Page Count: 18
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Distribution of Residual Autocorrelations in Autoregressive-Integrated Moving Average Time Series Models
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Abstract

Many statistical models, and in particular autoregressive-moving average time series models, can be regarded as means of transforming the data to white noise, that is, to an uncorrelated sequence of errors. If the parameters are known exactly, this random sequence can be computed directly from the observations; when this calculation is made with estimates substituted for the true parameter values, the resulting sequence is referred to as the "residuals," which can be regarded as estimates of the errors. If the appropriate model has been chosen, there will be zero autocorrelation in the errors. In checking adequacy of fit it is therefore logical to study the sample autocorrelation function of the residuals. For large samples the residuals from a correctly fitted model resemble very closely the true errors of the process; however, care is needed in interpreting the serial correlations of the residuals. It is shown here that the residual autocorrelations are to a close approximation representable as a singular linear transformation of the autocorrelations of the errors so that they possess a singular normal distribution. Failing to allow for this results in a tendency to overlook evidence of lack of fit. Tests of fit and diagnostic checks are devised which take these facts into account.

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