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Robust estimators and tests for bivariate copulas based on likelihood depth


  • Denecke, Liesa
  • Müller, Christine H.


Estimators and tests based on likelihood depth for one-parametric copulas are given. For the Gaussian and Gumbel copulas, it is shown that the maximum depth estimators are biased. They can be corrected and the new estimators are robust against contamination. For testing, simplicial likelihood depth is considered. Because of the bias of the maximum depth estimator, simplicial likelihood depth is not a degenerated U-statistic so that easily asymptotic [alpha]-level tests can be derived for arbitrary hypotheses. Tests are in particular investigated for the one-sided alternatives. Simulation studies for the Gaussian and Gumbel copulas show that the power of the first test is rather good, but the latter one has to be improved, which is also done here. The new tests are robust against contamination.

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  • Denecke, Liesa & Müller, Christine H., 2011. "Robust estimators and tests for bivariate copulas based on likelihood depth," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 55(9), pages 2724-2738, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:55:y:2011:i:9:p:2724-2738

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    1. Christoph P. Kustosz & Anne Leucht & Christine H. MÜller, 2016. "Tests Based on Simplicial Depth for AR(1) Models With Explosion," Journal of Time Series Analysis, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(6), pages 763-784, November.
    2. Davy Paindaveine & Germain Van Bever, 2017. "Halfspace Depths for Scatter, Concentration and Shape Matrices," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2017-19, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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