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Gaussian maximum likelihood estimation for ARMA models II: Spatial processes

Qiwei Yao and Peter J. Brockwell

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This paper examines the Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator (GMLE) in the context of a general form of spatial autoregressive and moving average (ARMA) processes with finite second moment. The ARMA processes are supposed to be causal and invertible under the half-plane unilateral order, but not necessarily Gaussian. We show that the GMLE is consistent. Subject to a modification to confine the edge effect, it is also asymptotically distribution-free in the sense that the limit distribution is normal, unbiased and has variance depending only on the autocorrelation function. This is an analogue of Hannan's classic result for time series in the context of spatial processes.

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Bernoulli Volume 12, Number 3 (2006), 403-429.

First available in Project Euclid: 28 June 2006

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ARMA spatial process asymptotic normality Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator martingale difference


Yao, Qiwei; Brockwell, Peter J. Gaussian maximum likelihood estimation for ARMA models II: Spatial processes. Bernoulli 12 (2006), no. 3, 403--429. doi:10.3150/bj/1151525128.

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