# INTRODUCTION TO COPULAS

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INTRODUCTION TO COPULAS
Presented by : Mohsen Ben Hassine 2011

Outline Definitions and Basic Properties Dependence Important copulas
Methods of Constructing Copulas Choice of Models

Definitions and Basic Properties
The Word Copula is a Latin noun that means ''A link, tie, bond'‘ Appeared for the first time (Sklar 1959) Non-linear dependence Be able to measure dependence for heavy tail distributions

Definitions and Basic Properties
Marginal distribution function Joint distribution function For each pair (x, y), we can associate three numbers: F(x), G(y) and H(x, y)

Definitions and Basic Properties
An n-dimensional copula is a distribution function on [0, 1]n, with standard uniform marginal distributions. If (X, Y ) is a pair of continuous random variables with distribution function H(x, y) and marginal distributions Fx(x) and FY (y) respectively, then U = FX(x) ~ U(0, 1) and V = FY(y) ~ U(0, 1) and the distribution function of (U, V ) is a copula.

Definitions and Basic Properties
Example: Independent Copula

Definitions and Basic Properties
The graph of Independent Copula

Definitions and Basic Properties
The Frechet-Hoeffding Bounds for Joint Distribution Fréchet Upper bound Copula ( Countermonotonic) Fréchet Lower bound Copula (Comonotonic)

Definitions and Basic Properties
Any copula will be bounded by Fréchet lower and upper bound copulas U1=U U2=1-U1

Definitions and Basic Properties
Sklar's Theorem Let H be a joint df with marginal dfs F and G, Then there exists a copula C such that If F and G are continuous, then the copula is unique

Dependence Rank correlation Linear correlation
The correlation coefficient between a pair of variables (X,Y ), defined as Rank correlation Spearman’s rho : Pearson applied to ranks Kendall’s Tau Tail dependence

Spearman’s Rho Kendall’s Tau
Dependence Spearman’s Rho Kendall’s Tau

Gaussian (Normal) copula For ρ=0.3
Important copulas Gaussian (Normal) copula For ρ=0.3

Student’s t-copula For v=2, ρ=0.3
Important copulas Student’s t-copula For v=2, ρ=0.3

General form : Important copulas
Archimedean copulas The family of Archimedean copulas is a useful tool to generate copulas General form : where ф was a decreasing function mapping [0, 1] into [0, ∞]

Important copulas Archimedean copulas

Important copulas Archimedean copulas
Densities of the Gumbel (upper left), Clayton (upper right), Frank (lower left) and generalized Clayton (lower right) copulas.

Methods of Constructing Copulas
The Inversion Method By Sklar’s theorem, given continuous margins F1 and F2 and the joint continuous distribution function F(y1,y2) = C(F1(y1),F2(y2)), the corresponding copula is generated using the unique inverse transformations y1 = F1−1 (u1), and y2 = F2−1 (u2),

Methods of Constructing Copulas
The Inversion Method (example) hence y1 = −log(−log(u1)) and y2 = −log (−log(u2)). After substituting these expressions for y1 and y2 into the distribution function

Methods of Constructing Copulas
Other Methods Algebraic Methods Some derivations of copulas begin with a relationship between marginals based on independence. Then this relationship is modified by introducing a dependence parameter and the corresponding copula is obtained. Mixtures and Convex Sums Given a copula C, its lower and upper bounds CL and CU, and the product copula Cp, a new copula can be constructed using a convex sum

If a researcher wants to explore the structure of dependence, he may estimate several copulas and choose one on the basis of best fit to the data Model selection approach Genest and Rivest (1993) : minimizing the distance function (Archimedean copulas) Ané and Kharoubi (2003) (all copulas) : Find a copula minimizing Choice of Models

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