ARMA model

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Is the following ARMA (2,1) model stationary?

xt + 1/6xt-1 – 1/3xt-2 = εt + 0.7εt-1

Inorder to know if a model is stationary. we check the mean, variance and the covariance and check whether it is dependent on time.

Obviously the mean is zero but my problem is how do i carry out the variance can i combine AR and MA together or do i do it separately?

and another problem is what does E[(xt-1)^2] gives me? I know E [(εt)^2] gives σ^2.

Thx

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EnumaElish

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I am not specialized in ARMA, so I may be missing something when I ask "how is the mean obviously zero"?

sensitive

Well I should have said this earlier.

The time series is a random Gaussian noise so Zt is independent and identically distributed. hence E[Zt] = 0 --> which is the expectation(mean) and E[(Zt)^2] = σ^2 --> expectation variance.

To answer your question the expectation of each term in the equation is 0.
e.g 1/3E[xt-2] = 0
since we assume the process is stationary then E[xt-1] = E[xt] and so E[xt] α E[Zt] = 0

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EnumaElish

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How are Z and x related?

If E [ε{t}^2] = σ^2, can't you solve E[(x{t})^2] = E[(-1/6x{t-1} + 1/3x{t-2} + ε{t} + 0.7ε{t-1})^2] if you assume E[(x{t})^2] = E[(x{t-s})^2] ?

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