The minimum information criterion (MINIC) method can tentatively identify the order of a stationary and invertible ARMA process. Note that Hannan and Rissanen (1982) proposed this method; for useful descriptions of the algorithm, see: Box, Jenkins, and Reinsel (1994); Choi (1992).
Given a stationary and invertible time series with mean corrected form with a true autoregressive order of and with a true moving-average order of , you can use the MINIC method to compute information criteria (or penalty functions) for various autoregressive and moving average orders. The following paragraphs provide a brief description of the algorithm.
If the series is a stationary and invertible ARMA(p, q ) process of the form
the error series can be approximated by a high-order AR process
where the parameter estimates are obtained from the Yule-Walker estimates. The choice of the autoregressive order is determined by the order that minimizes the Akaike information criterion (AIC) in the range
where
Note that Hannan and Rissanen (1982) use the Bayesian information criterion (BIC) to determine the autoregressive order used to estimate the error series while others recommend the AIC (Box, Jenkins, and Reinsel, 1994; Choi, 1992).
Once the error series has been estimated for autoregressive test order and for moving-average test order , the OLS estimates and are computed from the regression model
From the preceding parameter estimates, the BIC is then computed
where
where .
A MINIC table is then constructed using ; see Table 7.6. If , the preceding regression might fail due to linear dependence on the estimated error series and the mean-corrected series. Values of that cannot be computed are set to missing. For large autoregressive and moving-average test orders with relatively few observations, a nearly perfect fit can result. This condition can be identified by a large negative value.