[Gretl-users] Periods in forecast variance decomposition

Allin Cottrell cottrell at wfu.edu
Thu Dec 4 16:07:21 EST 2008

On Sun, 30 Nov 2008, Tim Cox wrote:

> After estimating a VAR, Gretl offers a forecast variance
> decomposition under the "analysis" menu.  The dialogue box
> requires the user to select at least two periods for the
> forecast variance decomposition, which makes me wonder why two
> periods are required ...

Hmm, under "Forecast variance decomposition" I don't see any
selection of "periods", only an integer horizon representing
how far out the decomposition should go.

Under plain "Forecasts" two periods are called for, namely the
start and end of the range over which a forecast should be
generated.  If you have reserved some out of sample observations,
the range defaults to the full out-of-sample range, but you're
free to alter the starting and ending point of the forecast if you

Have you tried the context Help (i.e. the Help button in the
dialog box for defining the forecast range and type)?

Allin Cottrell

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