The forecasting performance of a finite mixture regime-switching model for daily electricity prices

Bunn, D W and Chen, D (2014) The forecasting performance of a finite mixture regime-switching model for daily electricity prices. Journal of Forecasting, 33 (5). pp. 364-375. ISSN 0277-6693

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Abstract

Forecasting prices in electricity markets is a crucial activity for both risk management and asset optimization. Intra-day power prices have a fine structure and are driven by an interaction of fundamental, behavioural and stochastic factors. Furthermore, there are reasons to expect the functional forms of price formation to be nonlinear in these factors and therefore specifying forecasting models that perform well out-of-sample is methodologically challenging. Markov regime switching has been widely advocated to capture some aspects of the nonlinearity, but it may suffer from overfitting and unobservability in the underlying states. In this paper we compare several extensions and alternative regime-switching formulations, including logistic specifications of the underlying states, logistic smooth transition and finite mixture regression. The finite mixture approach to regime switching performs well in an extensive, out-of-sample forecasting comparison.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Subject Areas: Management Science and Operations
DOI: 10.1002/for.2297
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 18:51
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 19:41
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/37

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