# Nonparametric estimation for stochastic delay differential equations

Abstract (Summary)

Let (X(t), t>= -r) be a stationary stochastic process solving the affine stochastic delay differential equation dX(t)=L(X(t+s))dt+sigma dW(t), t>= 0, with sigma>0, (W(t), t>=0) a standard one-dimensional Brownian motion and with a continuous linear functional L on the space of continuous functions on [-r,0], represented by a finite signed measure a. Assume that a trajectory (X(t), -r <= t <= T) is observed up to time T>0. In this setting the nonparametric estimation of the weight function g is considered, where da(s)=g(s)ds is supposed to hold. By exhibiting a close relationship with an ill-posed inverse problem, we are able to use the Galerkin projection method for the construction of an estimator of g. We regard an L^2-risk function and prove that this Galerkin estimator converges with the rate T^(-s(2s+3)) for functions g in the Sobolev space H^s([-r,0]), s>0. This rate is worse than those obtained in many classical cases. However, we prove a lower bound, stating that no estimator can attain a better rate of convergence in a minimax sense. For discrete time observations of maximal distance Delta, the Galerkin estimator still attains the above asymptotic rate if Delta is roughly of order T^(-1/2). In contrast, we prove that for observation intervals Delta, with Delta independent of T, the rate must deteriorate significantly by providing the rate estimate T^(-s/(2s+6)) from below. Furthermore, we construct an adaptive estimator by applying wavelet thresholding techniques to the corresponding ill-posed inverse problem. This nonlinear estimator attains the above minimax rate even for more general classes of Besov spaces B^s_(p,infinity) with p>max(6/(2s+3),1). The restriction p >= 6/(2s+3) is shown to hold for any estimator, hence to be inherently associated with the estimation problem. Finally, a hypothesis test with a nonparametric alternative is constructed that could for instance serve to decide whether a trajectory has been generated by a stationary process with or without time delay. The test works for an L^2-separation rate between hypothesis and alternative of order T^(-s/(2s+2.5)). This rate is again shown to be optimal among all conceivable tests. For the proofs, the parameter dependence of the stationary solutions has to be studied in detail and the mapping properties of the associated covariance operators have to be determined exactly. Other results of general interest concern the mixing properties of the stationary solution, a case study for exponential weight functions and the approximation of the stationary process by discrete time autoregressive processes.
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School:Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

School Location:Germany

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ill-posed inverse problems minimax rates nonparametric projection methods

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Date of Publication:02/13/2002