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The midasr R package provides econometric methods for working with mixed frequency data. The package provides tools for estimating time series MIDAS regression, where response and explanatory variables are of different frequency, e.g. quarterly vs monthly. The fitted regression model can be tested for adequacy and then used for forecasting. More specifically, the following main functions are available:

The package provides the usual methods for generic functions which can be used on fitted MIDAS regression object: summary, coef, residuals, deviance, fitted, predict, logLik. It also has additional methods for estimating robust standard errors: estfun and bread.

The package also provides all the popular MIDAS regression restrictions such as normalized Almon exponential, normalized beta and etc.

The package development was influenced by features of the MIDAS Matlab toolbox created by Eric Ghysels.

The package has the project webpage and you can follow its development on github.

The detailed description of the package features can be found in the JSS article.


The stable versions of the package have version numbers x.y. All the stable versions are submitted to CRAN. The development versions have version numbers x.y.z.

To install the development version of midasr, it’s easiest to use the devtools package:

# install.packages("devtools")