np.qcmstest: Kernel Consistent Quantile Regression Model Specification...

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Kernel Consistent Quantile Regression Model Specification Test with Mixed Data Types


npqcmstest implements a consistent test for correct specification of parametric quantile regression models (linear or nonlinear) as described in Racine (2006) which extends the work of Zheng (1998).


           data = NULL,
           model = stop(paste(sQuote("model")," has not been provided")),
           tau = 0.5,
           distribution = c("bootstrap", "asymptotic"),
           bwydat = c("y","varepsilon"),
           boot.method = c("iid","wild","wild-rademacher"),
           boot.num = 399,
           pivot = TRUE,
           density.weighted = TRUE,
           random.seed = 42,



a symbolic description of variables on which the test is to be performed. The details of constructing a formula are described below.


an optional data frame, list or environment (or object coercible to a data frame by containing the variables in the model. If not found in data, the variables are taken from environment(formula), typically the environment from which the function is called.


an optional vector specifying a subset of observations to be used.


a model object obtained from a call to rq. Important: the call to rq must have the argument model=TRUE or npqcmstest will not work.


a p-variate data frame of explanatory data (training data) used to calculate the quantile regression estimators.


a one (1) dimensional numeric or integer vector of dependent data, each element i corresponding to each observation (row) i of xdat.


a numeric value specifying the tauth quantile is desired


a character string used to specify the method of estimating the distribution of the statistic to be calculated. bootstrap will conduct bootstrapping. asymptotic will use the normal distribution. Defaults to bootstrap.


a character string used to specify the left hand side variable used in bandwidth selection. "varepsilon" uses 1-tau,-tau for ydat while "y" will use y. Defaults to "y".


a character string used to specify the bootstrap method. iid will generate independent identically distributed draws. wild will use a wild bootstrap. wild-rademacher will use a wild bootstrap with Rademacher variables. Defaults to iid.


an integer value specifying the number of bootstrap replications to use. Defaults to 399.


a logical value specifying whether the statistic should be normalised such that it approaches N(0,1) in distribution. Defaults to TRUE.


a logical value specifying whether the statistic should be weighted by the density of xdat. Defaults to TRUE.


an integer used to seed R's random number generator. This is to ensure replicability. Defaults to 42.


additional arguments supplied to control bandwidth selection on the residuals. One can specify the bandwidth type, kernel types, and so on. To do this, you may specify any of bwscaling, bwtype, ckertype, ckerorder, ukertype, okertype, as described in npregbw. This is necessary if you specify bws as a p-vector and not a bandwidth object, and you do not desire the default behaviours.


npqcmstest returns an object of type cmstest with the following components. Components will contain information related to Jn or In depending on the value of pivot:


the statistic Jn


the statistic In


as described in Racine, J.S. (2006).


the various quantiles of the statistic Jn (or In if pivot=FALSE) are in components q.90, q.95, q.99 (one-sided 1%, 5%, 10% critical values)


the P-value of the statistic


if pivot=TRUE contains the bootstrap replications of Jn


if pivot=FALSE contains the bootstrap replications of In

summary supports object of type cmstest.

Usage Issues

If you are using data of mixed types, then it is advisable to use the data.frame function to construct your input data and not cbind, since cbind will typically not work as intended on mixed data types and will coerce the data to the same type.


Tristen Hayfield, Jeffrey S. Racine


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Koenker, R.W. and G.W. Bassett (1978), “Regression quantiles,” Econometrica, 46, 33-50.

Li, Q. and J.S. Racine (2007), Nonparametric Econometrics: Theory and Practice, Princeton University Press.

Murphy, K. M. and F. Welch (1990), “Empirical age-earnings profiles,” Journal of Labor Economics, 8, 202-229.

Pagan, A. and A. Ullah (1999), Nonparametric Econometrics, Cambridge University Press.

Racine, J.S. (2006), “Consistent specification testing of heteroskedastic parametric regression quantile models with mixed data,” manuscript.

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## Not run: 
# EXAMPLE 1: For this example, we conduct a consistent quantile regression
# model specification test for a parametric wage quantile regression
# model that is quadratic in age. The work of Murphy and Welch (1990)
# would suggest that this parametric quantile regression model is
# misspecified.



model <- rq(logwage~age+I(age^2), tau=0.5, model=TRUE)

plot(age, logwage)
lines(age, fitted(model))

X <- data.frame(age)

# Note - this may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your
# computer...

npqcmstest(model = model, xdat = X, ydat = logwage, tau=0.5)

# Sleep for 5 seconds so that we can examine the output...


# Next try Murphy & Welch's (1990) suggested quintic specification.

model <- rq(logwage~age+I(age^2)+I(age^3)+I(age^4)+I(age^5), model=TRUE)

plot(age, logwage)
lines(age, fitted(model))

X <- data.frame(age)

# Note - this may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your
# computer...

npqcmstest(model = model, xdat = X, ydat = logwage, tau=0.5)


## End(Not run) 

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