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Research article2009Peer reviewed

Forecasting using locally stationary wavelet processes

Xie, Yingfu; Yu, Jun; Ranneby, Bo


Locally stationary wavelet (LSW) processes, built on non-decimated wavelets, can be used to analyse and forecast non-stationary time series. They have been proved useful in the analysis of financial data. In this paper, we first carry out a sensitivity analysis, then propose some practical guidelines for choosing the wavelet bases for these processes. The existing forecasting algorithm is found to be vulnerable to outliers, and a new algorithm is proposed to overcome the weakness. The new algorithm is shown to be stable and outperforms the existing algorithm when applied to real financial data. The volatility forecasting ability of LSW modelling based on our new algorithm is then discussed and shown to be competitive with traditional GARCH models.


GARCH; locally stationary wavelet processes; non-decimated wavelets; sensitivity analysis; volatility forecasting

Published in

Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation
2009, Volume: 79, number: 9, pages: 1067-1082 Publisher: Taylor & Francis