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Factor Models for Julia

[Factor models] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_factor) or diffusion index models are statistical models which allow the estimation of a dependent variable using potentially very many regressors. Factor models are related to [factor analysis] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factor_analysis).

This package has a strong focus on the econometric literature related to factor models. This is because I wrote the package for my master thesis. Resultingly the predict method refers to time-series data and estimates a factor augmented regression. If you feel something relevant is missing please feel free to open an issue or a pull request.

As soon as I my thesis is handed in I will provide a proper README (and add some tests).


This package is not released as a Julia package (yet) as it is in an unfinished state. You have been warned. You can install it using

julia> Pkg.clone("FactorModels")


x = randn(50, 200)  # no problem to use more columns than rows, that is one of the nice features of factor models
fm = FactorModel(x)
fm = FactorModel(x, 5)  # use only 5 factors
fm = FactorModel(x, "ICp2")  # use one of the criteria defined by Bai, Ng (2002)
dfm = DynamicFactorModel((x, "ICp2"), 5)  # DynamicFactorModels take a tuple of arguments which is passend on to FactorModel and the number of factor lags used for prediction

predictions can be done using

predict(fm::FactorModel, y::Array{Float64, 1}, h::Int64=1, number_of_lags::Int64=5, number_of_factors::Int64=0)


predict(dfm::DynamicFactorModel, y::Array{Float64, 1}, h::Int64=1, number_of_lags::Int64=5, number_of_factors::Int64=0)

This estimates a linear model using number_of_lags lags of y, number_of_factors factors (and the number of lags thereof specified above in the case of dynamic factor models).


  • Simulate and Estimate Dynamic factor models
  • Estimate the number of Factors
  • Use the estimation for prediction
  • Preselect predictors using soft and hard thresholding (see Bai, Jushan, and Serena Ng. "Forecasting economic time series using targeted predictors." Journal of Econometrics 146.2 (2008): 304-317.)