Testing for cycles in multiple time series


Correspondence to: Erhard Reschenhofer, Department of Statistics and Decision Support Systems, University of Vienna, Universitätsstr. 5, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.


In practice, it is often impossible to assess the validity of the smoothness assumptions crucial to standard tests for singularities in the spectrum. We therefore propose new tests which are completely insensitive to sharp peaks in the absolutely continuous part of the spectrum. Using Neyman Pearson tests of Bayesian mixtures we first derive admissible tests under simplifying assumptions and then show that under realistic assumptions our test statistics remain the same. The tests are designed to have high power especially against alternatives containing oscillations which are positively correlated with each other. Motivated by a biological dataset with non-sinusoidal oscillations, we finally extend our approach by including higher harmonics.