WIAS Preprint No. 1491, (2010)

Spectral estimation of the fractional order of a Lévy process


  • Belomestny, Denis

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 62F10 62J12 62F25 62H12


  • Regular Levy processes, Blumenthal-Getoor index, semiparametric estimation


We consider the problem of estimating the fractional order of a Levy process from low frequency historical and options data. An estimation methodology is developed which allows us to treat both estimation and calibration problems in a unified way. The corresponding procedure consists of two steps: the estimation of a conditional characteristic function and the weighted least squares estimation of the fractional order in spectral domain. While the second step is identical for both calibration and estimation, the first one depends on the problem at hand. Minimax rates of convergence for the fractional order estimate are derived, the asymptotic normality is proved and a data-driven algorithm based on aggregation is proposed. The performance of the estimator in both estimation and calibration setups is illustrated by a simulation study.

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