[R-SIG-Finance] Time-Varying Cointegration in R

Johannes Lips johannes.lips at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 11:54:34 CET 2016


thanks a lot for your reply. I think I can confirm that for basic 3x3 
matrices both yield the same results, only gauss does not normalize them 
to unit length, but if you do that, the eigenvectors are the same. This 
can be seen, when comparing the results of R with the results in the 
gauss manual [1] (p. 464-465).
I can also confirm, that the matrix A, for which the eigenvectors need 
to be computed are exactly the same between R and gauss. The matrix is 
calculated based on the example data set, which is also part of the 
gauss code and available in R as well.
I confirmed, that for all non-complex eigenvalues the eigenvectors are 
the same, when normalizing the vectors in gauss, at least for the two 
and three dimensional chebyshev polynomials. So that leaves me with the 
problem, that the results of eigen() are stored in a matrix which 
converts everything into complex numbers.

Perhaps someone could help me out to make sure the calculations are done 

Thanks a lot in advance,

[1] http://www.aptech.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GAUSS14_LR.pdf
[2] https://gist.github.com/hannes101/eeda2411b480cbeaee16

On 22.03.2016 19:55, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> Johannes
> Ordering complex numbers is not obvious, so one likely thing would be 
> that you have the same result but in a different order. If the 
> eigenvalues are the same, only the vectors are different, it is a 
> normalization issue. If it is not that, then verify that you are 
> calculating eigenvalues with the same matrix in both systems. A matrix 
> that has several orders of magnitude difference between the largest 
> and smallest eigenvalues (in abs value) will be ill-conditioned, in 
> which case the result can differ a lot based on seemingly small 
> differences in the matrix. You can verify if this is a problem by copy 
> and paste of exactly the same matrix into both systems. (Round to a 
> reasonable number of digits and truncate the rest.)
> BTW, if ill-conditioning is the problem, and the results depend 
> critically on this calculation, there is a problem with the technique.
> If those are not the problem, then you might consider checking which 
> result is correct. This problem does have an answer that can be 
> verified.  From ?eigen
>    If ‘r <- eigen(A)’, and ‘V <- r$vectors; lam <- r$values’, then
>                               A = V Lmbd V^(-1)
>      (up to numerical fuzz), where Lmbd =‘diag(lam)’.
> Please let us know if R is getting an incorrect result. It seems 
> highly unlikely, but it might affect a lot of calculations.
> HTH,
> Paul
> On 03/22/2016 05:14 AM, Johannes Lips wrote:
>> Dear list,
>> I've implemented the time-varying cointegration framework by Bierens and
>> Martins (2010) in R [1], based on the gauss implementation of Luis
>> Martins [2]. I do get the same results as in gauss, when using lower
>> chebyshev dimensions, but when the number of dimensions is increasing, I
>> run into issues with complex eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
>> Additionally the eigenvalues and eigenvectors differ quite a bit between
>> gauss and R and I do not really know how to find out why that is. I also
>> experimented with different implementations of eigenvalues
>> determination, based on the C++ routine eigen, but was not able to
>> replicate the gauss results exactly.
>> One notable difference is that gauss does not normalize the
>> eigenvectors, but even after considering this a discrepancy remains.
>> Perhaps someone with a better knowledge of gauss may shed some light on
>> possible sources for these differences.
>> [1] https://github.com/hannes101/TimeVaryingCointegration
>> [2] http://home.iscte-iul.pt/~lfsm/
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