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Explain and illustrate the Durbin-Watson test to detect autocorrelation. (pp. 467–470 until “. . . the scope of this book.”).

Durbin-Watson test is a test statistic used to detect the presence of autocorrelation (a relationship between values separated from each other by a given time lag) in the residuals (prediction errors) from a regression analysis.

A great advantage of the Durbin Watson test is that based on the estimated residuals. It is based on the following assumptions:

· The regression model includes the intercept term.

· The explanatory variables are nonstochastic, or fixed in repeated sampling.

· The disturbances are generated by the first order autoregressive scheme.

· The error term is assumed to be normally distributed.

· The regression model does not include the lagged values of the dependent an explanatory variables.

· There are no missing values in the data


What is the difference between a parameter and an estimate of a regression function? Between the stochastic disturbance term ui and the residual term ˆui? (p. 49).

Conceptually ˆui is analogous to ui and can be regarded as an estimate of ui.the residual is the difference between the observed Y and the estimated regression line(Y), while the error term is the difference between the observed Y and the true regression equation (the expected value of Y). Error term is theoretical concept that can never be observed, but the residual is a real-world value that is calculated for each observation every time a regression is run. The reidual can be thought of as an estimate of the error term.

29)What does it mean when we say that the least squares estimator is the best linear unbiased estimator? (p. 79, pp. 899–901)

given the assumptions of the classical linear regression

model, the least-squares estimates possess some ideal or optimum properties.

These properties are contained in the well-known Gauss–Markov

theorem.To understand this theorem, we need to consider the best linear unbiasedness propertyof an estimator. Anestimator, say the OLS estimator ˆ β2, is said to be a best linear unbiasedestimator (BLUE) of β2 if the following hold:

1.It is linear,that is, a linear function of a random variable, such as the

dependent variable Y in the regression model.

2.It is unbiased,that is, its average or expected value, E( ˆ β2), is equal to

the true value, β2.

3.It has minimum variance in the class of all such linear unbiased

estimators; an unbiased estimator with the least variance is known as an

Efficient estimator.

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