# simulate

Monte Carlo simulation of vector error-correction (VEC) model

## Syntax

## Description

### Conditional and Unconditional Simulation for Numeric Arrays

uses additional options specified by one or more name-value arguments.
`Y`

= simulate(`Mdl`

,`numobs`

,`Name=Value`

)`simulate`

returns numeric arrays when all optional
input data are numeric arrays. For example,
`simulate(Mdl,100,NumPaths=1000,Y0=PS)`

returns a numeric
array of 1000, 100-period simulated response paths from `Mdl`

and specifies the numeric array of presample response data
`PS`

.

To perform a conditional simulation, specify response data in the simulation
horizon by using the `YF`

name-value argument.

### Unconditional Simulation for Tables and Timetables

returns the table or timetable `Tbl`

= simulate(`Mdl`

,`numobs`

,Presample=`Presample`

)`Tbl`

containing the random
multivariate response and innovations variables, which results from the
unconditional simulation of the response series in the model
`Mdl`

. `simulate`

uses the table or
timetable of presample data `Presample`

to initialize the
response series.

`simulate`

selects the variables in
`Mdl.SeriesNames`

to simulate or all variables in
`Presample`

. To select different response variables in
`Presample`

to simulate, use the
`PresampleResponseVariables`

name-value argument.

uses additional options specified by one or more name-value arguments. For
example,
`Tbl`

= simulate(`Mdl`

,`numobs`

,Presample=`Presample`

,`Name=Value`

)```
simulate(Mdl,100,Presample=PSTbl,PresampleResponseVariables=["GDP"
"CPI"])
```

returns a timetable of variables containing 100-period
simulated response and innovations series from `Mdl`

,
initialized by the data in the `GDP`

and `CPI`

variables of the timetable of presample data in `PSTbl`

.

### Conditional Simulation for Tables and Timetables

returns the table or timetable `Tbl`

= simulate(`Mdl`

,`numobs`

,InSample=`InSample`

,ReponseVariables=`ResponseVariables`

)`Tbl`

containing the random
multivariate response and innovations variables, which results from the
conditional simulation of the response series in the model
`Mdl`

. `InSample`

is a table or
timetable of response or predictor data in the simulation horizon that
`simulate`

uses to perform the conditional simulation
and `ResponseVariables`

specifies the response variables in
`InSample`

.

uses additional options specified by one or more name-value arguments, using any
input argument combination in the previous two syntaxes.`Tbl`

= simulate(___,`Name=Value`

)

## Examples

### Return Response Series in Matrix from Unconditional Simulation

Consider a VEC model for the following seven macroeconomic series, fit the model to the data, and then perform unconditional simulation by generating a random path of the response variables from the estimated model.

Gross domestic product (GDP)

GDP implicit price deflator

Paid compensation of employees

Nonfarm business sector hours of all persons

Effective federal funds rate

Personal consumption expenditures

Gross private domestic investment

Suppose that a cointegrating rank of 4 and one short-run term are appropriate, that is, consider a VEC(1) model.

Load the `Data_USEconVECModel`

data set.

`load Data_USEconVECModel`

For more information on the data set and variables, enter `Description`

at the command line.

Determine whether the data needs to be preprocessed by plotting the series on separate plots.

figure tiledlayout(2,2) nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.GDP) title("Gross Domestic Product") ylabel("Index") xlabel("Date") nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.GDPDEF) title("GDP Deflator") ylabel("Index") xlabel("Date") nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.COE) title("Paid Compensation of Employees") ylabel("Billions of $") xlabel("Date") nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.HOANBS) title("Nonfarm Business Sector Hours") ylabel("Index") xlabel("Date")

figure tiledlayout(2,2) nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.FEDFUNDS) title("Federal Funds Rate") ylabel("Percent") xlabel("Date") nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.PCEC) title("Consumption Expenditures") ylabel("Billions of $") xlabel("Date") nexttile plot(FRED.Time,FRED.GPDI) title("Gross Private Domestic Investment") ylabel("Billions of $") xlabel("Date")

Stabilize all series, except the federal funds rate, by applying the log transform. Scale the resulting series by 100 so that all series are on the same scale.

FRED.GDP = 100*log(FRED.GDP); FRED.GDPDEF = 100*log(FRED.GDPDEF); FRED.COE = 100*log(FRED.COE); FRED.HOANBS = 100*log(FRED.HOANBS); FRED.PCEC = 100*log(FRED.PCEC); FRED.GPDI = 100*log(FRED.GPDI);

Create a VECM(1) model using the shorthand syntax. Specify the variable names.

Mdl = vecm(7,4,1); Mdl.SeriesNames = FRED.Properties.VariableNames

Mdl = vecm with properties: Description: "7-Dimensional Rank = 4 VEC(1) Model with Linear Time Trend" SeriesNames: "GDP" "GDPDEF" "COE" ... and 4 more NumSeries: 7 Rank: 4 P: 2 Constant: [7×1 vector of NaNs] Adjustment: [7×4 matrix of NaNs] Cointegration: [7×4 matrix of NaNs] Impact: [7×7 matrix of NaNs] CointegrationConstant: [4×1 vector of NaNs] CointegrationTrend: [4×1 vector of NaNs] ShortRun: {7×7 matrix of NaNs} at lag [1] Trend: [7×1 vector of NaNs] Beta: [7×0 matrix] Covariance: [7×7 matrix of NaNs]

`Mdl`

is a `vecm`

model object. All properties containing `NaN`

values correspond to parameters to be estimated given data.

Estimate the model using the entire data set and the default options.

EstMdl = estimate(Mdl,FRED.Variables)

EstMdl = vecm with properties: Description: "7-Dimensional Rank = 4 VEC(1) Model" SeriesNames: "GDP" "GDPDEF" "COE" ... and 4 more NumSeries: 7 Rank: 4 P: 2 Constant: [14.1329 8.77841 -7.20359 ... and 4 more]' Adjustment: [7×4 matrix] Cointegration: [7×4 matrix] Impact: [7×7 matrix] CointegrationConstant: [-28.6082 109.555 -77.0912 ... and 1 more]' CointegrationTrend: [4×1 vector of zeros] ShortRun: {7×7 matrix} at lag [1] Trend: [7×1 vector of zeros] Beta: [7×0 matrix] Covariance: [7×7 matrix]

`EstMdl`

is an estimated `vecm`

model object. It is fully specified because all parameters have known values. By default, `estimate`

imposes the constraints of the H1 Johansen VEC model form by removing the cointegrating trend and linear trend terms from the model. Parameter exclusion from estimation is equivalent to imposing equality constraints to zero.

Simulate a response series path from the estimated model with length equal to the path in the data.

```
rng(1); % For reproducibility
numobs = size(FRED,1);
Y = simulate(EstMdl,numobs);
```

`Y`

is a 240-by-7 matrix of simulated responses. Columns correspond to the variable names in `EstMdl.SeriesNames`

.

### Simulate Responses Using filter

Illustrate the relationship between `simulate`

and `filter`

by estimating a 4-D VEC(1) model of the four response series in Johansen's Danish data set. Simulate a single path of responses using the fitted model and the historical data as initial values, and then filter a random set of Gaussian disturbances through the estimated model using the same presample responses.

Load Johansen's Danish economic data.

`load Data_JDanish`

For details on the variables, enter `Description`

.

Create a default 4-D VEC(1) model. Assume that a cointegrating rank of 1 is appropriate.

Mdl = vecm(4,1,1); Mdl.SeriesNames = DataTable.Properties.VariableNames

Mdl = vecm with properties: Description: "4-Dimensional Rank = 1 VEC(1) Model with Linear Time Trend" SeriesNames: "M2" "Y" "IB" ... and 1 more NumSeries: 4 Rank: 1 P: 2 Constant: [4×1 vector of NaNs] Adjustment: [4×1 matrix of NaNs] Cointegration: [4×1 matrix of NaNs] Impact: [4×4 matrix of NaNs] CointegrationConstant: NaN CointegrationTrend: NaN ShortRun: {4×4 matrix of NaNs} at lag [1] Trend: [4×1 vector of NaNs] Beta: [4×0 matrix] Covariance: [4×4 matrix of NaNs]

Estimate the VEC(1) model using the entire data set. Specify the H1* Johansen model form.

`EstMdl = estimate(Mdl,Data,Model="H1*");`

When reproducing the results of `simulate`

and `filter`

, it is important to take these actions.

Set the same random number seed using

`rng`

.Specify the same presample response data using the

`Y0`

name-value argument.

Simulate 100 observations by passing the estimated model to `simulate`

. Specify the entire data set as the presample.

```
rng("default")
YSim = simulate(EstMdl,100,Y0=Data);
```

`YSim`

is a 100-by-4 matrix of simulated responses. Columns correspond to the columns of the variables in `EstMdl.SeriesNames`

.

Set the default random seed. Simulate 4 series of 100 observations from the standard Gaussian distribution.

```
rng("default")
Z = randn(100,4);
```

Filter the Gaussian values through the estimated model. Specify the entire data set as the presample.

YFilter = filter(EstMdl,Z,Y0=Data);

`YFilter`

is a 100-by-4 matrix of simulated responses. Columns correspond to the columns of the variables in `EstMdl.SeriesNames`

. Before filtering the disturbances, `filter`

scales `Z`

by the lower triangular Cholesky factor of the model covariance in `EstMdl.Covariance`

.

Compare the resulting responses between `filter`

and `simulate`

.

(YSim - YFilter)'*(YSim - YFilter)

`ans = `*4×4*
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0

The results are identical.

### Simulate Arrays of Multiple Response and Innovations Paths

Consider this VEC(1) model for three hypothetical response series.

$$\begin{array}{rcl}\Delta {y}_{t}& =& c+A{B}^{\prime}{y}_{t-1}+{\Phi}_{1}\Delta {y}_{t-1}+{\epsilon}_{t}\\ & & \\ & =& \left[\begin{array}{c}-1\\ -3\\ -30\end{array}\right]+\left[\begin{array}{cc}-0.3& 0.3\\ -0.2& 0.1\\ -1& 0\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{ccc}0.1& -0.2& 0.2\\ -0.7& 0.5& 0.2\end{array}\right]{y}_{t-1}+\left[\begin{array}{ccc}0& 0.1& 0.2\\ 0.2& -0.2& 0\\ 0.7& -0.2& 0.3\end{array}\right]\Delta {y}_{t-1}+{\epsilon}_{t}.\end{array}$$

The innovations are multivariate Gaussian with a mean of 0 and the covariance matrix

$$\Sigma =\left[\begin{array}{ccc}1.3& 0.4& 1.6\\ 0.4& 0.6& 0.7\\ 1.6& 0.7& 5\end{array}\right].$$

Create variables for the parameter values.

A = [-0.3 0.3; -0.2 0.1; -1 0]; % Adjustment B = [0.1 -0.7; -0.2 0.5; 0.2 0.2]; % Cointegration Phi = {[0. 0.1 0.2; 0.2 -0.2 0; 0.7 -0.2 0.3]}; % ShortRun c = [-1; -3; -30]; % Constant tau = [0; 0; 0]; % Trend Sigma = [1.3 0.4 1.6; 0.4 0.6 0.7; 1.6 0.7 5]; % Covariance

Create a `vecm`

model object representing the VEC(1) model using the appropriate name-value pair arguments.

```
Mdl = vecm(Adjustment=A,Cointegration=B, ...
Constant=c,ShortRun=Phi,Trend=tau,Covariance=Sigma);
```

`Mdl`

is effectively a fully specified `vecm`

model object. That is, the cointegration constant and linear trend are unknown, but are not needed for simulating observations or forecasting given that the overall constant and trend parameters are known.

Simulate 1000 paths of 100 observations. Return the innovations (scaled disturbances).

```
rng(1); % For reproducibility
numpaths = 1000;
numobs = 100;
[Y,E] = simulate(Mdl,numobs,NumPaths=numpaths);
```

`Y`

is a 100-by-3-by-1000 matrix of simulated responses. `E`

is a matrix whose dimensions correspond to the dimensions of `Y`

, but represents the simulated, scaled disturbances. Columns correspond to the response variable names `Mdl.SeriesNames`

.

For each time point, compute the mean vector of the simulated responses among all paths.

MeanSim = mean(Y,3);

`MeanSim`

is a 100-by-7 matrix containing the average of the simulated responses at each time point.

Plot the simulated responses and their averages, and plot the simulated innovations.

figure tiledlayout(2,2) for j = 1:numel(Mdl.SeriesNames) nexttile h1 = plot(squeeze(Y(:,j,:)),Color=[0.8 0.8 0.8]); hold on h2 = plot(MeanSim(:,j),Color="k",LineWidth=2); hold off title(Mdl.SeriesNames{j}); legend([h1(1) h2],["Simulated" "Mean"]) end

figure tiledlayout(2,2) for j = 1:numel(Mdl.SeriesNames) nexttile h1 = plot(squeeze(E(:,j,:)),Color=[0.8 0.8 0.8]); hold on yline(0,"r--") title("Innovations: " + Mdl.SeriesNames{j}) end

### Return Timetable of Responses and Innovations from Unconditional Simulation

Consider a VEC model for the following seven macroeconomic series, and then fit the model to a timetable of response data. This example is based on Return Response Series in Matrix from Unconditional Simulation.

**Load and Preprocess Data**

Load the `Data_USEconVECModel`

data set.

```
load Data_USEconVECModel
DTT = FRED;
DTT.GDP = 100*log(DTT.GDP);
DTT.GDPDEF = 100*log(DTT.GDPDEF);
DTT.COE = 100*log(DTT.COE);
DTT.HOANBS = 100*log(DTT.HOANBS);
DTT.PCEC = 100*log(DTT.PCEC);
DTT.GPDI = 100*log(DTT.GPDI);
```

**Prepare Timetable for Estimation**

When you plan to supply a timetable directly to estimate, you must ensure it has all the following characteristics:

All selected response variables are numeric and do not contain any missing values.

The timestamps in the

`Time`

variable are regular, and they are ascending or descending.

Remove all missing values from the table.

DTT = rmmissing(DTT); T = height(DTT)

T = 240

`DTT`

does not contain any missing values.

Determine whether the sampling timestamps have a regular frequency and are sorted.

`areTimestampsRegular = isregular(DTT,"quarters")`

`areTimestampsRegular = `*logical*
0

areTimestampsSorted = issorted(DTT.Time)

`areTimestampsSorted = `*logical*
1

`areTimestampsRegular = 0`

indicates that the timestamps of DTT are irregular. `areTimestampsSorted = 1`

indicates that the timestamps are sorted. Macroeconomic series in this example are timestamped at the end of the month. This quality induces an irregularly measured series.

Remedy the time irregularity by shifting all dates to the first day of the quarter.

dt = DTT.Time; dt = dateshift(dt,"start","quarter"); DTT.Time = dt;

`DTT`

is regular with respect to time.

**Create Model Template for Estimation**

Create a VEC(1) model using the shorthand syntax. Specify the variable names.

Mdl = vecm(7,4,1); Mdl.SeriesNames = DTT.Properties.VariableNames;

`Mdl`

is a `vecm`

model object. All properties containing `NaN`

values correspond to parameters to be estimated given data.

**Fit Model to Data**

Estimate the model by supplying the timetable of data `DTT`

. By default, because the number of variables in `Mdl.SeriesNames`

is the number of variables in `DTT`

, `estimate`

fits the model to all the variables in `DTT`

.

EstMdl = estimate(Mdl,DTT); p = EstMdl.P

p = 2

`EstMdl`

is an estimated `vecm`

model object.

**Perform Unconditional Simulation of Estimated Model**

Simulate a response and innovations path from the estimated model and return the simulated series as variables in a timetable. `simulate`

requires information for the output timetable, such as variable names, sampling times for the simulation horizon, and sampling frequency. Therefore, supply a presample of the earliest `p`

= 2 observations of the data `DTT`

, from which `simulate`

infers the required timetable information. Specify a simulation horizon of `numobs - p`

.

```
rng(1) % For reproducibility
PSTbl = DTT(1:p,:);
T = T - p;
Tbl = simulate(EstMdl,T,Presample=PSTbl);
size(Tbl)
```

`ans = `*1×2*
238 14

PSTbl

`PSTbl=`*2×7 timetable*
Time GDP GDPDEF COE HOANBS FEDFUNDS PCEC GPDI
___________ ______ ______ ______ ______ ________ ______ ______
01-Jan-1957 615.4 280.25 556.3 400.29 2.96 564.3 435.29
01-Apr-1957 615.87 280.95 557.03 400.07 3 565.11 435.54

head(Tbl)

Time GDP_Responses GDPDEF_Responses COE_Responses HOANBS_Responses FEDFUNDS_Responses PCEC_Responses GPDI_Responses GDP_Innovations GDPDEF_Innovations COE_Innovations HOANBS_Innovations FEDFUNDS_Innovations PCEC_Innovations GPDI_Innovations ___________ _____________ ________________ _____________ ________________ __________________ ______________ ______________ _______________ __________________ _______________ __________________ ____________________ ________________ ________________ 01-Jul-1957 616.84 281.66 557.71 400.25 4.2485 566.28 434.68 -0.48121 0.20806 -0.61665 0.18593 0.76536 -0.27865 -1.4663 01-Oct-1957 619.27 282.31 559.72 400.14 4.0194 567.96 437.93 0.87578 0.087449 0.57148 -0.11607 -0.49734 0.41769 1.1751 01-Jan-1958 620.08 282.64 561.48 400.26 4.213 569.24 436.02 -0.56236 -0.12462 0.29936 0.13665 -0.36138 -0.16951 -2.7145 01-Apr-1958 620.73 282.94 562.02 400 4.2137 570.22 435.64 -0.82272 -0.074885 -0.56525 -0.36422 -0.15674 -0.25453 -2.5725 01-Jul-1958 621.25 283.36 562.07 400.21 4.2975 570.96 433.7 -0.62693 0.079973 -1.0419 0.33534 0.29843 -0.38226 -2.7238 01-Oct-1958 621.9 284.06 562.91 399.89 3.1839 571.64 431.99 -0.4246 0.3155 -0.2015 -0.080769 -0.99093 -0.27001 -2.4234 01-Jan-1959 622.57 284.44 564.48 399.68 4.0431 572.48 431.76 -0.41423 -0.093221 0.80092 0.30483 0.51348 -0.23757 -0.064299 01-Apr-1959 624.12 285 566.1 399.1 5.4039 574.44 432.44 0.13226 0.17348 0.88597 -0.46611 1.6584 0.88675 -1.7633

`Tbl`

is a 238-by-14 matrix of simulated responses (denoted `responseVariable`

`_Responses`

) and corresponding innovations (denoted `responseVariable`

`_Innovations`

). The timestamps of `Tbl`

follow directly from the timestamps of `PSTbl`

, and they have the same sampling frequency.

### Simulate Responses From Model Containing Regression Component

Consider the model and data in Return Response Series in Matrix from Unconditional Simulation.

Load the `Data_USEconVECModel`

data set.

`load Data_USEconVECModel`

The `Data_Recessions`

data set contains the beginning and ending serial dates of recessions. Load this data set. Convert the matrix of date serial numbers to a datetime array.

load Data_Recessions dtrec = datetime(Recessions,ConvertFrom="datenum");

Remove the exponential trend from the series, and then scale them by a factor of 100.

DTT = FRED; DTT.GDP = 100*log(DTT.GDP); DTT.GDPDEF = 100*log(DTT.GDPDEF); DTT.COE = 100*log(DTT.COE); DTT.HOANBS = 100*log(DTT.HOANBS); DTT.PCEC = 100*log(DTT.PCEC); DTT.GPDI = 100*log(DTT.GPDI);

Create a dummy variable that identifies periods in which the U.S. was in a recession or worse. Specifically, the variable should be `1`

if `FRED.Time`

occurs during a recession, and `0`

otherwise. Include the variable with the `FRED`

data.

isin = @(x)(any(dtrec(:,1) <= x & x <= dtrec(:,2))); DTT.IsRecession = double(arrayfun(isin,DTT.Time));

Remove all missing values from the table.

DTT = rmmissing(DTT);

To make the series regular, shift all dates to the first day of the quarter.

dt = DTT.Time; dt = dateshift(dt,"start","quarter"); DTT.Time = dt;

`DTT`

is regular with respect to time.

Create separate presample and estimation sample data sets. The presample contains the earliest p = 2 observations, and the estimation sample contains the rest of the data.

```
p = 2;
PSTbl = DTT(1:p,:);
InSample = DTT((p+1):end,:);
prednames = "IsRecession";
```

Create a VEC(1) model using the shorthand syntax. Assume that the appropriate cointegration rank is 4. You do not have to specify the presence of a regression component when creating the model. Specify the variable names.

Mdl = vecm(7,4,p-1); Mdl.SeriesNames = DTT.Properties.VariableNames(1:end-1);

Estimate the model using the entire in-sample data `InSample`

, and specify the presample PSTbl. Specify the predictor identifying whether the observation was measured during a recession.

EstMdl = estimate(Mdl,InSample,PredictorVariables="IsRecession", ... Presample=PSTbl);

Generate 100 random response and innovations paths from the estimated model by performing an unconditional simulation. Specify that the length of the paths is the same as the length of the estimation sample period. Supply the presample and estimation sample data, and specify the predictor variable name.

rng(1) % For reproducibility numpaths = 100; numobs = height(InSample); Tbl = simulate(EstMdl,numobs,NumPaths=numpaths, ... Presample=PSTbl,InSample=InSample,PredictorVariables=prednames); size(Tbl)

`ans = `*1×2*
238 22

head(Tbl(:,endsWith(Tbl.Properties.VariableNames,["_Responses" "Innovations"])))

Time GDP_Responses GDPDEF_Responses COE_Responses HOANBS_Responses FEDFUNDS_Responses PCEC_Responses GPDI_Responses GDP_Innovations GDPDEF_Innovations COE_Innovations HOANBS_Innovations FEDFUNDS_Innovations PCEC_Innovations GPDI_Innovations ___________ _____________ ________________ _____________ ________________ __________________ ______________ ______________ _______________ __________________ _______________ __________________ ____________________ ________________ ________________ 01-Jul-1957 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Oct-1957 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jan-1958 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Apr-1958 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jul-1958 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Oct-1958 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jan-1959 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Apr-1959 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double

`Tbl`

is a 238-by-22 timetable of estimation sample data, simulated responses (denoted `responseName`

`_Responses`

) and corresponding innovations (denoted `responseName`

`_Innovations`

). The simulated response and innovations variables are 238-by-100 matrices, where wach row is a period in the estimation sample and each column is a separate, independently generated path.

For each time in the estimation sample, compute the mean vector of the simulated responses among all paths.

```
idx = endsWith(Tbl.Properties.VariableNames,"_Responses");
simrespnames = Tbl.Properties.VariableNames(idx);
MeanSim = varfun(@(x)mean(x,2),Tbl,InputVariables=simrespnames);
```

`MeanSim`

is a 238-by-7 timetable containing the average of the simulated responses at each time point.

Plot the simulated responses, their averages, and the data.

figure tiledlayout(2,2) for j = 1:4 nexttile plot(Tbl.Time,Tbl{:,simrespnames(j)},Color=[0.8,0.8,0.8]) title(Mdl.SeriesNames{j}); hold on h1 = plot(Tbl.Time,Tbl{:,Mdl.SeriesNames(j)}); h2 = plot(Tbl.Time,MeanSim{:,"Fun_"+simrespnames(j)}); hold off end

figure tiledlayout(2,2) for j = 5:7 nexttile plot(Tbl.Time,Tbl{:,simrespnames(j)},Color=[0.8,0.8,0.8]) title(Mdl.SeriesNames{j}); hold on h1 = plot(Tbl.Time,Tbl{:,Mdl.SeriesNames(j)}); h2 = plot(Tbl.Time,MeanSim{:,"Fun_"+simrespnames(j)}); hold off end

### Return Timetable of Responses and Innovations from Conditional Simulation

Perform a conditional simulation of the VEC model in Return Response Series in Matrix from Unconditional Simulation, in which economists hypothesize that the effective federal funds rate is 0.5% for 12 quarters after the end of the sampling period (from Q1 of 2017 through Q4 of 2019).

**Load and Preprocess Data**

Load the `Data_USEconVECModel`

data set.

```
load Data_USEconVECModel
DTT = FRED;
DTT.GDP = 100*log(DTT.GDP);
DTT.GDPDEF = 100*log(DTT.GDPDEF);
DTT.COE = 100*log(DTT.COE);
DTT.HOANBS = 100*log(DTT.HOANBS);
DTT.PCEC = 100*log(DTT.PCEC);
DTT.GPDI = 100*log(DTT.GPDI);
```

**Prepare Timetable for Estimation**

Remove all missing values from the table.

DTT = rmmissing(DTT);

To make the series regular, shift all dates to the first day of the quarter.

dt = DTT.Time; dt = dateshift(dt,"start","quarter"); DTT.Time = dt;

`DTT`

is regular with respect to time.

**Create Model Template for Estimation**

Create a VEC(1) model using the shorthand syntax. Specify the variable names.

Mdl = vecm(7,4,1); Mdl.SeriesNames = DTT.Properties.VariableNames;

`Mdl`

is a `vecm`

model object. All properties containing `NaN`

values correspond to parameters to be estimated given data.

**Fit Model to Data**

Estimate the model. Pass the entire timetable `DTT`

. Because the VEC model is 7-D and the estimation data contains seven variables, `estimate`

selects all response variables in the data by default. Alternatively, you can use the `ResponseVariables`

name-value argument.

EstMdl = estimate(Mdl,DTT);

**Prepare for Conditional Simulation of Estimated Model**

Suppose economists hypothesize that the effective federal funds rate will be at 0.5% for the next 12 quarters.

Create a timetable with the following qualities:

The timestamps are regular with respect to the estimation sample timestamps and they are ordered from Q1 of 2017 through Q4 of 2019.

All variables of DTT, except for

`FEDFUNDS`

, are a 12-by-1 vector of`NaN`

values.`FEDFUNDS`

is a 12-by-1 vector, where each element is 0.5.

```
numobs = 12;
shdt = DTT.Time(end) + calquarters(1:numobs);
DTTCondSim = retime(DTT,shdt,"fillwithmissing");
DTTCondSim.FEDFUNDS = 0.5*ones(numobs,1);
```

`DTTCondSim`

is a 12-by-7 timetable that follows directly, in time, from `DTT`

, and both timetables have the same variables. All variables in `DTTCondSim`

contain `NaN`

values, except for `FEDFUNDS`

, which is a vector composed of the value 0.5.

**Perform Conditional Simulation of Estimated Model**

Simulate all variables given the hypothesis by supplying the conditioning data `DTTCondSim`

and specifying the response variable names. Generate 100 paths. Because the simulation horizon is beyond the estimation sample data, supply the estimation sample as a presample to initialize the model.

rng(1) % For reproducibility Tbl = simulate(EstMdl,numobs,NumPaths=100, ... InSample=DTTCondSim,ResponseVariables=EstMdl.SeriesNames, ... Presample=DTT,PresampleResponseVariables=EstMdl.SeriesNames); size(Tbl)

`ans = `*1×2*
12 21

idx = endsWith(Tbl.Properties.VariableNames,["_Responses" "_Innovations"]); head(Tbl(:,idx))

Time GDP_Responses GDPDEF_Responses COE_Responses HOANBS_Responses FEDFUNDS_Responses PCEC_Responses GPDI_Responses GDP_Innovations GDPDEF_Innovations COE_Innovations HOANBS_Innovations FEDFUNDS_Innovations PCEC_Innovations GPDI_Innovations ___________ _____________ ________________ _____________ ________________ __________________ ______________ ______________ _______________ __________________ _______________ __________________ ____________________ ________________ ________________ 01-Jan-2017 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Apr-2017 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jul-2017 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Oct-2017 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jan-2018 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Apr-2018 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Jul-2018 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 01-Oct-2018 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double 1x100 double

`Tbl`

is a 12-by-21 matrix of simulated responses and innovations of all variables in the simulation horizon, given `FEDFUNDS`

is 0.5%. `GDP_Responses`

contains the simulated paths of the transformed GDP and `GDP_Innovations`

contains the corresponding innovations series. `FEDFUNDS_Responses`

is a 12-by-100 matrix composed of the value 0.5.

Plot the simulated values of the variables and their period-wise means.

idx = (endsWith(Tbl.Properties.VariableNames,"_Responses") + ... ~startsWith(Tbl.Properties.VariableNames,"FEDFUNDS")) == 2; simrespnames = Tbl.Properties.VariableNames(idx); MeanSim = varfun(@(x)mean(x,2),Tbl,InputVariables=simrespnames); figure tiledlayout(3,2) for j = simrespnames nexttile h1 = plot(Tbl.Time,Tbl{:,j},Color=[0.8,0.8,0.8]); title(erase(j,"_Responses")); hold on h2 = plot(Tbl.Time,MeanSim{:,"Fun_"+j}); hold off end hl = legend([h1(1) h2],"Simulation","Simulation Mean", ... Location="northwest");

## Input Arguments

`Presample`

— Presample data

table | timetable

Presample data that provides initial values for the model `Mdl`

,
specified as a table or timetable with `numprevars`

variables and
`numpreobs`

rows. The following situations describe when to use
`Presample`

:

`Presample`

is required when`simulate`

performs an unconditional simulation, which occurs under one of the following conditions:You do not supply data in the simulation horizon (that is, you do not use the

`InSample`

name-value argument).You specify only predictor data for the model regression component in the simulation horizon using the

`InSample`

and`PredictorVariables`

name-value arguments, but you do not select any response variables from`InSample`

.

`Presample`

is optional when`simulate`

performs a conditional simulation, that is, when you supply response data in the simulation horizon, on which to condition the simulated responses, by using the`InSample`

and`ResponseVariables`

name-value arguments. The default,`simulate`

sets any necessary presample observations.For stationary VAR processes without regression components,

`simulate`

sets presample observations to the unconditional mean $$\mu ={\Phi}^{-1}(L)c.$$For nonstationary processes or models that contain a regression component,

`simulate`

sets presample observations to zero.

Regardless of the situation, `simulate`

returns the
simulated variables in the output table or timetable `Tbl`

, which is
commensurate with `Presample`

.

Each row is a presample observation, and measurements in each row, among all paths,
occur simultaneously. `numpreobs`

must be at least
`Mdl.P`

. If you supply more rows than necessary,
`simulate`

uses the latest `Mdl.P`

observations only.

Each variable is a `numpreobs`

-by-`numprepaths`

numeric matrix. Variables are associated with response series in
`Mdl.SeriesNames`

. To control presample variable selection, see the
optional `PresampleResponseVariables`

name-value argument.

For each variable, columns are separate, independent paths.

If variables are vectors,

`simulate`

applies them to each respective path to initialize the model for the simulation. Therefore, all respective response paths derive from common initial conditions.Otherwise, for each variable

and each path`ResponseK`

,`j`

`simulate`

applies`Presample.`

to produce(:,`ResponseK`

)`j`

`Tbl.`

`ResponseK`

`(:,`

. Variables must have at least)`j`

`numpaths`

columns, and`simulate`

uses only the first`numpaths`

columns.

If `Presample`

is a timetable, all the following conditions must be true:

`Presample`

must represent a sample with a regular datetime time step (see`isregular`

).The inputs

`InSample`

and`Presample`

must be consistent in time such that`Presample`

immediately precedes`InSample`

with respect to the sampling frequency and order.The datetime vector of sample timestamps

`Presample.Time`

must be ascending or descending.

If `Presample`

is a table, the following conditions hold:

The last row contains the latest presample observation.

`Presample.Properties.RowsNames`

must be empty.

`InSample`

— Future time series response or predictor data

table | timetable

Future time series response or predictor data, specified as a table or timetable.
`InSample`

contains `numvars`

variables, including
`numseries`

response variables
*y _{t}* or

`numpreds`

predictor
variables *x*for the model regression component. You can specify

_{t}`InSample`

only when other data inputs are tables or
timetables.Use `InSample`

in the following situations:

Perform conditional simulation. You must also supply the response variable names in

`InSample`

by using the`ResponseVariables`

name-value argument.Supply future predictor data for either unconditional or conditional simulation. To supply predictor data, you must specify predictor variable names in

`InSample`

by using the`PredictorVariables`

name-value argument. Otherwise,`simulate`

ignores the model regression component.

`simulate`

returns the simulated variables in the
output table or timetable `Tbl`

, which is commensurate with
`InSample`

.

Each row corresponds to an observation in the simulation horizon, the first row is the earliest observation, and measurements in each row, among all paths, occur simultaneously. `InSample`

must have at least `numobs`

rows to cover the simulation horizon. If you supply more rows than necessary, `simulate`

uses only the first `numobs`

rows.

Each response variable is a numeric matrix with `numpaths`

columns. For each
response variable

, columns are separate,
independent paths. Specifically, path `K`

of
response variable `j`

captures the
state, or knowledge, of `ResponseK`

as it
evolves from the presample past (for example,
`ResponseK`

`Presample.`

) into the future.
For each selected response variable `ResponseK`

:`ResponseK`

If

`InSample.`

is a vector,`ResponseK`

`simulate`

applies to each of the`numpaths`

output paths (see`NumPaths`

).Otherwise,

`InSample.`

must have at least`ResponseK`

`numpaths`

columns. If you supply more pages than necessary,`simulate`

uses only the first`numpaths`

columns.

Each predictor variable is a numeric vector. All predictor variables are present in the regression component of each response equation and apply to all response paths.

If `InSample`

is a timetable, the following conditions apply:

If `InSample`

is a table, the following conditions hold:

The last row contains the latest observation.

`InSample.Properties.RowsNames`

must be empty.

Elements of the response variables of `InSample`

can be numeric scalars or missing values (indicated by `NaN`

values). `simulate`

treats numeric scalars as deterministic future responses that are known in advance, for example, set by policy. `simulate`

simulates responses for corresponding `NaN`

values conditional on the known values. Elements of selected predictor variables must be numeric scalars.

By default, `simulate`

performs an unconditional simulation without a regression component in the model (each selected response variables are a `numobs`

-by-`numpaths`

matrix composed of `NaN`

values indicating a complete lack of knowledge of the future state of all simulated responses). Therefore, variables in `Tbl`

result from a conventional, unconditional Monte Carlo simulation.

For more details, see Algorithms.

**Example: **Consider simulating one path from a model composed of two response
series, `GDP`

and `CPI`

, three periods
into the future. Suppose that you have prior knowledge about some of the
future values of the responses, and you want to simulate the unknown
responses conditional on your knowledge. Specify `InSample`

as a table containing the values that you know, and use
`NaN`

for values you do not know but want to simulate.
For example, ```
InSample=array2table([2 NaN; 0.1 NaN; NaN
NaN],VariableNames=["GDP" "CPI"])
```

specifies that you have no
knowledge of the future values of `CPI`

, but you know that
`GDP`

is 2, 0.1, and unknown in periods 1, 2, and 3,
respectively, in the simulation horizon.

`ResponseVariables`

— Variables to select from `InSample`

to treat as response variables *y*_{t}

string vector | cell vector of character vectors | vector of integers | logical vector

_{t}

Variables to select from `InSample`

to treat as response variables
*y _{t}*, specified as a one of the
following data types:

String vector or cell vector of character vectors containing

`numseries`

variable names in`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numseries`

vector of unique indices (integers) of variables to select from`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numvars`

logical vector, where`ResponseVariables(`

selects variable) = true`j`

from`j`

`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

, and`sum(ResponseVariables)`

is`numseries`

To perform conditional simulation, you must specify
`ResponseVariables`

to select the response variables in
`InSample`

for the conditioning data.
`ResponseVariables`

applies only when you specify
`InSample`

.

The selected variables must be numeric vectors (single path) or matrices (columns represent multiple independent paths) of the same width.

**Example: **`ResponseVariables=["GDP" "CPI"]`

**Example: **`ResponseVariables=[true false true false]`

or
`ResponseVariable=[1 3]`

selects the first and third table
variables as the response variables.

**Data Types: **`double`

| `logical`

| `char`

| `cell`

| `string`

### Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as
`Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN`

, where `Name`

is
the argument name and `Value`

is the corresponding value.
Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the
pairs does not matter.

*
Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose*
`Name`

*in quotes.*

**Example: **```
simulate(Mdl,100,Presample=PSTbl,PresampleResponseVariables=["GDP"
"CPI"])
```

returns a timetable of variables containing 100-period
simulated response and innovations series from `Mdl`

, initialized
by the data in the `GDP`

and `CPI`

variables of
the timetable of presample data in `PSTbl`

..

`NumPaths`

— Number of sample paths to generate

`1`

(default) | positive integer

`Y0`

— Presample responses

numeric matrix | numeric array

Presample responses that provide initial values for the model
`Mdl`

, specified as a
`numpreobs`

-by-`numseries`

numeric matrix or a
`numpreobs`

-by-`numseries`

-by-`numprepaths`

numeric array. Use `Y0`

only when you supply optional data inputs as
numeric arrays.

`numpreobs`

is the number of presample observations.
`numprepaths`

is the number of presample response paths.

Each row is a presample observation, and measurements in each row, among all pages,
occur simultaneously. The last row contains the latest presample observation.
`Y0`

must have at least `Mdl.P`

rows. If you
supply more rows than necessary, `simulate`

uses the latest
`Mdl.P`

observations only.

Each column corresponds to the response series name in
`Mdl.SeriesNames`

.

Pages correspond to separate, independent paths.

If

`Y0`

is a matrix,`simulate`

applies it to simulate each sample path (page). Therefore, all paths in the output argument`Y`

derive from common initial conditions.Otherwise,

`simulate`

applies`Y0(:,:,`

to initialize simulating path)`j`

.`j`

`Y0`

must have at least`numpaths`

pages, and`simulate`

uses only the first`numpaths`

pages.

By default, `simulate`

sets any necessary presample observations.

For stationary VAR processes without regression components,

`simulate`

sets presample observations to the unconditional mean $$\mu ={\Phi}^{-1}(L)c.$$For nonstationary processes or models that contain a regression component,

`simulate`

sets presample observations to zero.

**Data Types: **`double`

`PresampleResponseVariables`

— Variables to select from `Presample`

to use for presample response data

string vector | cell vector of character vectors | vector of integers | logical vector

Variables to select from `Presample`

to use for presample data, specified as
one of the following data types:

String vector or cell vector of character vectors containing

`numseries`

variable names in`Presample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numseries`

vector of unique indices (integers) of variables to select from`Presample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numprevars`

logical vector, where`PresampleResponseVariables(`

selects variable) = true`j`

from`j`

`Presample.Properties.VariableNames`

, and`sum(PresampleResponseVariables)`

is`numseries`

`PresampleResponseVariables`

applies only when you specify
`Presample`

.

The selected variables must be numeric vectors and cannot contain missing values
(`NaN`

).

`PresampleResponseNames`

does not need to contain the same names as in `Mdl.SeriesNames`

; `simulate`

uses the data in selected variable `PresampleResponseVariables(`

as a presample for * j*)

`Mdl.SeriesNames(``j`

)

.If the number of variables in `Presample`

matches `Mdl.NumSeries`

, the default specifies all variables in `Presample`

. If the number of variables in `Presample`

exceeds `Mdl.NumSeries`

, the default matches variables in `Presample`

to names in `Mdl.SeriesNames`

.

**Example: **`PresampleResponseVariables=["GDP" "CPI"]`

**Example: **`PresampleResponseVariables=[true false true false]`

or `PresampleResponseVariable=[1 3]`

selects the first and third table variables for presample data.

**Data Types: **`double`

| `logical`

| `char`

| `cell`

| `string`

`X`

— Predictor data

numeric matrix

Predictor data for the regression component in the model, specified as a numeric
matrix containing `numpreds`

columns. Use `X`

only
when you supply optional data inputs as numeric arrays.

`numpreds`

is the number of predictor variables
(`size(Mdl.Beta,2)`

).

Each row corresponds to an observation, and measurements in each row occur
simultaneously. The last row contains the latest observation. `X`

must
have at least `numobs`

rows. If you supply more rows than necessary,
`simulate`

uses only the latest `numobs`

observations. `simulate`

does not use the regression component in
the presample period.

Each column is an individual predictor variable. All predictor variables are present in the regression component of each response equation.

`simulate`

applies `X`

to each path (page);
that is, `X`

represents one path of observed predictors.

By default, `simulate`

excludes the regression component,
regardless of its presence in `Mdl`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

`PredictorVariables`

— Variables to select from `InSample`

to treat as exogenous predictor variables *x*_{t}

string vector | cell vector of character vectors | vector of integers | logical vector

_{t}

Variables to select from `InSample`

to treat as exogenous predictor
variables *x _{t}*, specified as one of the following data types:

String vector or cell vector of character vectors containing

`numpreds`

variable names in`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numpreds`

vector of unique indices (integers) of variables to select from`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

A length

`numvars`

logical vector, where`PredictorVariables(`

selects variable) = true`j`

from`j`

`InSample.Properties.VariableNames`

, and`sum(PredictorVariables)`

is`numpreds`

Regardless, selected predictor variable

corresponds to the coefficients
`j`

`Mdl.Beta(:,`

.* j*)

`PredictorVariables`

applies only when you specify
`InSample`

.

The selected variables must be numeric vectors and cannot contain missing values
(`NaN`

).

By default, `simulate`

excludes the regression component, regardless of its presence in `Mdl`

.

**Example: **`PredictorVariables=["M1SL" "TB3MS" "UNRATE"]`

**Example: **`PredictorVariables=[true false true false]`

or
`PredictorVariable=[1 3]`

selects
the first and third table variables as the response
variables.

**Data Types: **`double`

| `logical`

| `char`

| `cell`

| `string`

`YF`

— Future multivariate response series

numeric matrix | numeric array

Future multivariate response series for conditional simulation, specified as a numeric matrix
or array containing `numseries`

columns. Use `YF`

only
when you supply optional data inputs as numeric arrays.

Each row corresponds to observations in the simulation horizon, and the first row is the
earliest observation. Specifically, row * j* in sample path

*(*

`k`

`YF(``j`

,:,`k`

)

)
contains the responses *periods into the future.*

`j`

`YF`

must have at least `numobs`

rows to cover the
simulation horizon. If you supply more rows than necessary, `simulate`

uses only the first `numobs`

rows.Each column corresponds to the response variable name in
`Mdl.SeriesNames`

.

Each page corresponds to a separate sample path. Specifically, path
* k* (

`YF(:,:,``k`

)

)
captures the state, or knowledge, of the response series as they evolve from the presample
past (`Y0`

) into the future.If

`YF`

is a matrix,`simulate`

applies`YF`

to each of the`numpaths`

output paths (see`NumPaths`

).Otherwise,

`YF`

must have at least`numpaths`

pages. If you supply more pages than necessary,`simulate`

uses only the first`numpaths`

pages.

Elements of `YF`

can be numeric scalars or missing values (indicated by
`NaN`

values). `simulate`

treats numeric scalars
as deterministic future responses that are known in advance, for example, set by policy.
`simulate`

simulates responses for corresponding
`NaN`

values conditional on the known values.

By default, `YF`

is an array composed of `NaN`

values indicating a complete lack of knowledge of the future state of all simulated responses. Therefore, `simulate`

obtains the output responses `Y`

from a conventional, unconditional Monte Carlo simulation.

For more details, see Algorithms.

**Example: **Consider simulating one path from a model composed of four
response series three periods into the future. Suppose that you have
prior knowledge about some of the future values of the responses, and
you want to simulate the unknown responses conditional on your
knowledge. Specify `YF`

as a matrix containing the
values that you know, and use `NaN`

for values you do
not know but want to simulate. For example, ```
'YF',[NaN 2 5 NaN;
NaN NaN 0.1 NaN; NaN NaN NaN NaN]
```

specifies that you have
no knowledge of the future values of the first and fourth response
series; you know the value for period 1 in the second response series,
but no other value; and you know the values for periods 1 and 2 in the
third response series, but not the value for period 3.

**Data Types: **`double`

**Note**

`NaN`

values in`Y0`

and`X`

indicate missing values.`simulate`

removes missing values from the data by list-wise deletion. If`Y0`

is a 3-D array, then`simulate`

performs these steps.Horizontally concatenate pages to form a

`numpreobs`

-by-`numpaths*numseries`

matrix.Remove any row that contains at least one

`NaN`

from the concatenated data.

In the case of missing observations, the results obtained from multiple paths of

`Y0`

can differ from the results obtained from each path individually.For conditional simulation (see

`YF`

), if`X`

contains any missing values in the latest`numobs`

observations, then`simulate`

throws an error.`simulate`

issues an error when selected response variables from`Presample`

and selected predictor variables from`InSample`

contain any missing values.

## Output Arguments

`Y`

— Simulated multivariate response series

numeric matrix | numeric array

Simulated multivariate response series, returned as a
`numobs`

-by-`numseries`

numeric matrix or a
`numobs`

-by-`numseries`

-by-`numpaths`

numeric array. `simulate`

returns `Y`

only when
you supply optional data sets as numeric matrices or arrays, for example, you use the
`Y0`

name-value argument.

`Y`

represents the continuation of the presample responses in
`Y0`

.

Each row is a time point in the simulation horizon. Values in a row, among all pages, occur simultaneously. The last row contains the latest simulated values.

Each column corresponds to the response series name in
`Mdl.SeriesNames`

.

Pages correspond to separate, independently simulated paths.

If you specify future responses for conditional simulation using the
`YF`

name-value argument, the known values in
`YF`

appear in the same positions in `Y`

. However,
`Y`

contains simulated values for the missing observations in
`YF`

.

`E`

— Simulated multivariate model innovations series

numeric matrix | numeric array

Simulated multivariate model innovations series, returned as a
`numobs`

-by-`numseries`

numeric matrix or a
`numobs`

-by-`numseries`

-by-`numpaths`

numeric array. `simulate`

returns `E`

only when
you supply optional data sets as numeric matrices or arrays, for example, you use the
`Y0`

name-value argument.

Elements of `E`

and `Y`

correspond.

If you specify future responses for conditional simulation (see the
`YF`

name-value argument), `simulate`

infers the innovations from the known values in `YF`

and places the
inferred innovations in the corresponding positions in `E`

. For the
missing observations in `YF`

, `simulate`

draws
from the Gaussian distribution conditional on any known values, and places the draws in
the corresponding positions in `E`

.

`Tbl`

— Simulated multivariate response, model innovations, and other variables

table | timetable

Simulated multivariate response, model innovations, and other variables, returned as a table or timetable, the same data type as `Presample`

or `InSample`

. `simulate`

returns `Tbl`

only when you supply the inputs `Presample`

or `InSample`

.

`Tbl`

contains the following variables:

The simulated paths within the simulation horizon of the selected response series

*y*. Each simulated response variable in_{t}`Tbl`

is a`numobs`

-by-`numpaths`

numeric matrix, where`numobs`

is the value of`NumObs`

and`numpaths`

is the value of`NumPaths`

. Each row corresponds to a time in the simulation horizon and each column corresponds to a separate path.`simulate`

names the simulated response variable`ResponseK`

. For example, if_Responses`ResponseK`

`Mdl.Series(`

is)`K`

`GDP`

,`Tbl`

contains a variable for the corresponding simulated response with the name`GDP_Responses`

. If you specify`ResponseVariables`

,

is`ResponseK`

`ResponseVariable(`

. Otherwise,)`K`

is`ResponseK`

`PresampleResponseVariable(`

.)`K`

The simulated paths within the simulation horizon of the innovations

*ε*corresponding to_{t}*y*. Each simulated innovations variable in_{t}`Tbl`

is a`numobs`

-by-`numpaths`

numeric matrix. Each row corresponds to a time in the simulation horizon and each column corresponds to a separate path.`simulate`

names the simulated innovations variable of response`ResponseK`

. For example, if_Innovations`ResponseK`

`Mdl.Series(`

is)`K`

`GDP`

,`Tbl`

contains a variable for the corresponding innovations with the name`GDP_Innovations`

.

If `Tbl`

is a timetable, the following conditions hold:

The row order of

`Tbl`

, either ascending or descending, matches the row order of`InSample`

, when you specify it. If you do not specify`InSample`

and you specify`Presample`

, the row order of`Tbl`

is the same as the row order`Presample`

.If you specify

`InSample`

, row times`Tbl.Time`

are`InSample.Time(1:numobs)`

. Otherwise,`Tbl.Time(1)`

is the next time after`Presample(end)`

relative the sampling frequency, and`Tbl.Time(2:numobs)`

are the following times relative to the sampling frequency.

## Algorithms

`simulate`

performs conditional simulation using this process for all pages= 1,...,`k`

`numpaths`

and for each time= 1,...,`t`

`numobs`

.`simulate`

infers (or inverse filters) the model innovations for all response variables (`E(`

from the known future responses (,:,`t`

)`k`

`YF(`

). In,:,`t`

)`k`

`E`

,`simulate`

mimics the pattern of`NaN`

values that appears in`YF`

.For the missing elements of

`E`

at time,`t`

`simulate`

performs these steps.Draw

`Z1`

, the random, standard Gaussian distribution disturbances conditional on the known elements of`E`

.Scale

`Z1`

by the lower triangular Cholesky factor of the conditional covariance matrix. That is,`Z2`

=`L*Z1`

, where`L`

=`chol(C,"lower")`

and`C`

is the covariance of the conditional Gaussian distribution.Impute

`Z2`

in place of the corresponding missing values in`E`

.

For the missing values in

`YF`

,`simulate`

filters the corresponding random innovations through the model`Mdl`

.

`simulate`

uses this process to determine the time origin*t*_{0}of models that include linear time trends.If you do not specify

`Y0`

, then*t*_{0}= 0.Otherwise,

`simulate`

sets*t*_{0}to`size(Y0,1)`

–`Mdl.P`

. Therefore, the times in the trend component are*t*=*t*_{0}+ 1,*t*_{0}+ 2,...,*t*_{0}+`numobs`

. This convention is consistent with the default behavior of model estimation in which`estimate`

removes the first`Mdl.P`

responses, reducing the effective sample size. Although`simulate`

explicitly uses the first`Mdl.P`

presample responses in`Y0`

to initialize the model, the total number of observations in`Y0`

(excluding any missing values) determines*t*_{0}.

## References

[1]
Hamilton, James D. *Time Series Analysis*. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.

[2]
Johansen, S. *Likelihood-Based Inference in Cointegrated Vector Autoregressive Models*. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

[3]
Juselius, K. *The Cointegrated VAR Model*. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

[4]
Lütkepohl, H. *New Introduction to Multiple Time Series Analysis*. Berlin: Springer, 2005.

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