Forecasts from dynamic factor models potentially benefit from refining the data set by eliminating uninformative series. The paper proposes to use prediction weights as provided by the factor model itself for this purpose. Monte Carlo simulations and an empirical application to short-term forecasts of euro area, German, and French GDP growth from unbalanced monthly data suggest that both prediction weights and Least Angle Regressions result in improved nowcasts. Overall, prediction weights provide yet more robust results.
dynamic factor models forecasting LARS variable selection