g13nef detects change points in a univariate time series, that is, the time points at which some feature of the data, for example the mean, changes. Change points are detected using binary segmentation for a user-supplied cost function.
Let denote a series of data and denote a set of ordered (strictly monotonic increasing) indices known as change points with and . For ease of notation we also define . The change points, , split the data into segments, with the th segment being of length and containing .
Given a cost function, , g13nef gives an approximate solution to
where is a penalty term used to control the number of change points. The solution is obtained in an iterative manner as follows:
Set , and
Set . If , where is a user-supplied control parameter, then terminate the process for this segment.
Find that minimizes
If inequality (1) is false then the process is terminated for this segment.
If inequality (1) is true, then is added to the set of change points, and the segment is split into two subsegments, and . The whole process is repeated from step 2 independently on each subsegment, with the relevant changes to the definition of and (i.e., is set to when processing the left hand subsegment and is set to when processing the right hand subsegment.
The change points are ordered to give .
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1: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the length of the time series.
2: – Real (Kind=nag_wp)Input
On entry: , the penalty term.
There are a number of standard ways of setting , including:
SIC or BIC
where is the number of parameters being treated as estimated in each segment. The value of will depend on the cost function being used.
If no penalty is required then set . Generally, the smaller the value of the larger the number of suggested change points.
3: – IntegerInput
On entry: the minimum distance between two change points, that is .
4: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the maximum depth for the iterative process, which in turn puts an upper limit on the number of change points with .
If then no limit is put on the depth of the iterative process and no upper limit is put on the number of change points, other than that inherent in the length of the series and the value of minss.
5: – Subroutine, supplied by the user.External Procedure
chgpfn must calculate a proposed change point, and the associated costs, within a specified segment.
On exit: in most circumstances info should remain unchanged.
If info is set to a strictly positive value then g13nef terminates with .
If info is set to a strictly negative value the current segment is skipped (i.e., no change points are considered in this segment) and g13nef continues as normal. If info was set to a strictly negative value at any point and no other errors occur then g13nef will terminate with .
chgpfn must either be a module subprogram USEd by, or declared as EXTERNAL in, the (sub)program from which g13nef is called. Arguments denoted as Input must not be changed by this procedure.
Note:chgpfn should not return floating-point NaN (Not a Number) or infinity values, since these are not handled by g13nef. If your code inadvertently does return any NaNs or infinities, g13nef is likely to produce unexpected results.
6: – IntegerOutput
On exit: , the number of change points detected.
7: – Integer arrayOutput
Note: the dimension of the array tau
must be at least
if , and at least otherwise.
On exit: the first elements of tau hold the location of the change points. The th segment is defined by to , where and .
y is not used by g13nef, but is passed directly to chgpfn and may be used to pass information to this routine. y will usually be used to pass (functions of) the time series, of interest.
9: – Integer arrayUser Workspace
10: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayUser Workspace
iuser and ruser are not used by g13nef, but are passed directly to chgpfn and may be used to pass information to this routine.
11: – IntegerInput/Output
On entry: ifail must be set to , . If you are unfamiliar with this argument you should refer to Section 3.4 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this argument, the recommended value is . When the value is used it is essential to test the value of ifail on exit.
On exit: unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).
Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry or , explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by x04aaf).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry, . Constraint: .
On entry, . Constraint: .
User requested termination by setting .
User requested a segment to be skipped by setting .
An unexpected error has been triggered by this routine. Please
See Section 3.9 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 3.8 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Parallelism and Performance
g13nef is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.
g13ndf performs the same calculations for a cost function selected from a provided set of cost functions. If the required cost function belongs to this provided set then g13ndf can be used without the need to provide a cost function routine.
This example identifies changes in the scale parameter, under the assumption that the data has a gamma distribution, for a simulated dataset with observations. A penalty, of is used and the minimum segment size is set to . The shape parameter is fixed at across the whole input series.
The cost function used is
where is a shape parameter that is fixed for all segments and .