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Scale equivariance and the Box-Cox transformation

Kemp, GCR (1996) 'Scale equivariance and the Box-Cox transformation.' Economics Letters, 51 (1). 1 - 6. ISSN 0165-1765

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The Box-Cox family of transformations has two useful features: first, it includes linear and logarithmic transformations as special cases; and, second, it possesses strong scale equivariance properties, including the property that the transformation parameter is unaffected by the rescaling. Its main disadvantage is that both the domain and the range of the transformation are, in general, bounded. We show that, for a certain class of models, if a model demonstrates these scale equivariance properties for the dependent variable then the transformation on the dependent variable must be a variant of the Box-Cox transformation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 12:02
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 01:15

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