We present an improvement of an estimator of causality in financial time series via transfer entropy, which includes the side information that may affect the cause-effect relation in the system, i.e. a conditional information-transfer based causality. We show that for weakly stationary time series the conditional transfer entropy measure is nonnegative and bounded below by the Geweke's measure of Granger causality. We use k-nearest neighbor distances to estimate entropy and approximate the distribution of the estimator with bootstrap techniques. We give examples of the application of the estimator in detecting causal effects in a simulated autoregressive stationary system in three random variables with linear and non-linear couplings; in a system of non stationary variables; and with real financial data.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||CEUR Workshop Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|