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08-16-2012 04:38 PM

Hi, I'm trying to see if a data set (or multiple of them) which are in a data set forma are highly volatile and if they show large variances. So one way I am doing this through is getting the price and it's lag of one month... example below.. the I ran a proc corr between Price and Lag_Price to see if there are highly correlated, if they are, then the difference in price from last month to current month, and so on, are correlated and therefore not a high variance between the 2.... The question I have is, if I have a time series of say 20 months and I get the lag month of that series, 19 months.. and run a proc corr, since I'm only seeing 1 number for the CORRELATION, is this fine ?, or I was hoping to see 19 numbers of correlation between prioce and price_lag for each of the months..

Example

Date Price Lag_Price

Jan 29

Feb 32 29

Mar 40 32

Apr 46 40

May 53 46

Jun 90 53

Jul 92 90

I was hoping to see a high volatility between May and Jun, or even if I use a bY statement for the Cities, if one city is considered highly volatile and another not..

Thanks

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08-16-2012 09:51 PM

Wrong place. You should be at forum SAS Forecasting .

proc corr is suited for two variables which are independent for each other.

Your data is time series data ,they both are highly correlated .You can't use proc corr.

You should check some other proc( like proc armia ) in SAS/ETS module.

Ksharp

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08-17-2012 08:35 AM

UPDATE: this author needs more coffee

I realized only now that you are actually interested in autocorrelation - since it is only one time series you are looking at.

The good news is that PROC TIMESERIES allows you to analyze autocorrelation as well.

proc timeseries data=sashelp.workers out=_null_ plot=corr;

id date interval=month;

var electric /dif=1 sdif=1;

run;

Hello -

As you are dealing with time series you might want to check out the cross-correlations of your series instead.

The TIMESERIES procedure of SAS/ETS is providing you with access to such analysis.

Remember that in order to make sense out of cross-correlations your series have to be stationary.

Example:

SASHELP.WORKERS contains two monthly time series: ELECTRIC and MASONRY

These variables describe employment of these occupations which are highly seasonal.

Typically, the MASONRY workers build a structure first; then, the ELECTRIC workers wire the structure afterwards.

You would expect that the MASONRY employment would LEAD the ELECTRIC employment.

proc timeseries data=sashelp.workers out=_null_ outcrosscorr=crosscorr crossplot=(series ccf);

id date interval=month;

var electric /dif=1 sdif=1;

crossvar masonry / dif=1 sdif=1;

run;

According to this analysis there is a strong correlation at LAG=1 - so we can conclude that MASONRY leads ELECTRIC.

Thanks!

Udo