On testing for independence between the innovations of several time series

Pierre Duchesne, Kilani Ghoudi, Bruno Rémillard

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    Test statistics for checking the independence between the innovations of several time series are developed. The time series models considered allow for general specifications for the conditional mean and variance functions that could depend on common explanatory variables. In testing for independence between more than two time series, checking pairwise independence does not lead to consistent procedures. Thus a finite family of empirical processes relying on multivariate lagged residuals are constructed, and we derive their asymptotic distributions. In order to obtain simple asymptotic covariance structures, Möbius transformations of the empirical processes are studied, and simplifications occur. Under the null hypothesis of independence, we show that these transformed processes are asymptotically Gaussian, independent, and with tractable covariance functions not depending on the estimated parameters. Various procedures are discussed, including Cramér-von Mises test statistics and tests based on non-parametric measures. The ranks of the residuals are considered in the new methods, giving test statistics which are asymptotically margin-free. Generalized cross-correlations are introduced, extending the concept of cross-correlation to an arbitrary number of time series; portmanteau procedures based on them are discussed. In order to detect the dependence visually, graphical devices are proposed. Simulations are conducted to explore the finite sample properties of the methodology, which is found to be powerful against various types of alternatives when the independence is tested between two and three time series. An application is considered, using the daily log-returns of Apple, Intel and Hewlett-Packard traded on the Nasdaq financial market.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)447-479
    Number of pages33
    JournalCanadian Journal of Statistics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • Copula
    • Cramér-von Mises test statistic
    • Cross-correlation
    • Independence
    • Kolmogorov-Smirnov test statistic
    • Multivariate lag
    • Rank-based test statistic
    • Time series

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistics and Probability
    • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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