10.2 Regression with ARIMA errors using fable

The function ARIMA() will fit a regression model with ARIMA errors if exogenous regressors are included in the formula. As introduced in Section 9.5, the pdq() special specifies the order of the ARIMA error model. If differencing is specified, then the differencing is applied to all variables in the regression model before the model is estimated. For example, the command

ARIMA(y ~ x + pdq(1,1,0))

will fit the model \(y_t' = \beta_1 x'_t + \eta'_t\), where \(\eta'_t = \phi_1 \eta'_{t-1} + \varepsilon_t\) is an AR(1) error. This is equivalent to the model \[ y_t = \beta_0 + \beta_1 x_t + \eta_t, \] where \(\eta_t\) is an ARIMA(1,1,0) error. Notice that the constant term disappears due to the differencing. To include a constant in the differenced model, we would add 1 to the model formula.

The ARIMA() function can also be used to select the best ARIMA model for the errors. This is done by not specifying the pdq() special. If differencing is required, then all variables are differenced during the estimation process, although the final model will be expressed in terms of the original variables.

The AICc is calculated for the final model, and this value can be used to determine the best predictors. That is, the procedure should be repeated for all subsets of predictors to be considered, and the model with the lowest AICc value selected.

Example: US Personal Consumption and Income

Figure 10.1 shows the quarterly changes in personal consumption expenditure and personal disposable income from 1970 to 2016 Q3. We would like to forecast changes in expenditure based on changes in income. A change in income does not necessarily translate to an instant change in consumption (e.g., after the loss of a job, it may take a few months for expenses to be reduced to allow for the new circumstances). However, we will ignore this complexity in this example and try to measure the instantaneous effect of the average change of income on the average change of consumption expenditure.

us_change %>%
  pivot_longer(c(Consumption, Income),
               names_to = "var", values_to = "value") %>%
  ggplot(aes(x = Quarter, y = value)) +
  geom_line() +
  facet_grid(vars(var), scales = "free_y") +
  labs(title = "US consumption and personal income",
       y = "Quarterly % change")
Percentage changes in quarterly personal consumption expenditure and personal disposable income for the USA, 1970 Q1 to 2019 Q2.

Figure 10.1: Percentage changes in quarterly personal consumption expenditure and personal disposable income for the USA, 1970 Q1 to 2019 Q2.

fit <- us_change %>%
  model(ARIMA(Consumption ~ Income))
report(fit)
#> Series: Consumption 
#> Model: LM w/ ARIMA(1,0,2) errors 
#> 
#> Coefficients:
#>          ar1      ma1     ma2  Income  intercept
#>       0.7070  -0.6172  0.2066  0.1976     0.5949
#> s.e.  0.1068   0.1218  0.0741  0.0462     0.0850
#> 
#> sigma^2 estimated as 0.3113:  log likelihood=-163
#> AIC=338.1   AICc=338.5   BIC=357.8

The data are clearly already stationary (as we are considering percentage changes rather than raw expenditure and income), so there is no need for any differencing. The fitted model is \[\begin{align*} y_t &= 0.595 + 0.198 x_t + \eta_t, \\ \eta_t &= 0.707 \eta_{t-1} + \varepsilon_t -0.617 \varepsilon_{t-1} + 0.207 \varepsilon_{t-2},\\ \varepsilon_t &\sim \text{NID}(0,0.311). \end{align*}\]

We can recover estimates of both the \(\eta_t\) and \(\varepsilon_t\) series using the residuals() function.

bind_rows(
    `Regression residuals` =
        as_tibble(residuals(fit, type = "regression")),
    `ARIMA residuals` =
        as_tibble(residuals(fit, type = "innovation")),
    .id = "type"
  ) %>%
  mutate(
    type = factor(type, levels=c(
      "Regression residuals", "ARIMA residuals"))
  ) %>%
  ggplot(aes(x = Quarter, y = .resid)) +
  geom_line() +
  facet_grid(vars(type))
Regression residuals ($\eta_t$) and ARIMA residuals ($\varepsilon_t$) from the fitted model.

Figure 10.2: Regression residuals (\(\eta_t\)) and ARIMA residuals (\(\varepsilon_t\)) from the fitted model.

It is the ARIMA estimated errors (the innovation residuals) that should resemble a white noise series.

fit %>% gg_tsresiduals()
The innovation residuals (i.e., the estimated ARIMA errors) are not significantly different from white noise.

Figure 10.3: The innovation residuals (i.e., the estimated ARIMA errors) are not significantly different from white noise.

augment(fit) %>%
  features(.innov, ljung_box, dof = 5, lag = 8)
#> # A tibble: 1 x 3
#>   .model                      lb_stat lb_pvalue
#>   <chr>                         <dbl>     <dbl>
#> 1 ARIMA(Consumption ~ Income)    5.21     0.157