Parametric inference for stochastic differential equations: a smooth and match approach
Abstract
We study the problem of parameter estimation for a univariate discretely observed ergodic diffusion process given as a solution to a stochastic differential equation. The estimation procedure we propose consists of two steps. In the first step, which is referred to as a smoothing step, we smooth the data and construct a nonparametric estimator of the invariant density of the process. In the second step, which is referred to as a matching step, we exploit a characterisation of the invariant density as a solution of a certain ordinary differential equation, replace the invariant density in this equation by its nonparametric estimator from the smoothing step in order to arrive at an intuitively appealing criterion function, and next define our estimator of the parameter of interest as a minimiser of this criterion function. Our main results show that under suitable conditions our estimator is $\sqrt{n}$consistent, and even asymptotically normal. We also discuss a way of improving its asymptotic performance through a onestep NewtonRaphson type procedure and present results of a small scale simulation study.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 November 2011
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1111.1120
 Bibcode:
 2011arXiv1111.1120G
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Statistics Theory;
 62F12 (Primary) 62M05;
 62G07;
 62G20 (Secondary)
 EPrint:
 26 pages