We consider a multiple regression model in which the regressors are Fourier cosine vectors. These regressors are intended as approximations to ‘slowly changing' regressors of the kind often found in time series regression applications. The errors in the model are assumed to be generated by a special type of autoregressive model defined so that the regressors are eigenvectors of the quadratic forms occurring in the exponent of the probability density of the errors. This autoregression is intended as an approximation to the usual stationary autoregression. Both approximations are adopted for the sake of mathematical convenience.
Student's t-statistics are constructed for the autoregressive coefficients in a manner analogous to ordinary regression. It is shown that these statistics are distributed as Student's t to the first order of approximation, that is with errors in the density of order T
−1/2, where T is the sample size, while the squares of the statistics are distributed as the square of Student's t to the second order of approximation, that is with errors in the density of order Τ