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A Note on the Comedian for Elliptical Distributions

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The comedianCOM(X, Y) of random variablesX,Yis a median based robust alternative to the covariance ofXofY. For the bivariate normal case it is known thatCOM(X, Y), standardized by the median absolute deviations ofXandY, is a symmetric, strictly increasing and continuous function of the correlation coefficient[rho]with range [-1, 1] and can therefore serve as a robust alternative to[rho]. We show that this result, which is not true in general, extends to elliptical distributions even in the case where moments ofX,Ydo not exist.

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  • Falk, Michael, 1998. "A Note on the Comedian for Elliptical Distributions," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 67(2), pages 306-317, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:67:y:1998:i:2:p:306-317
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    1. Michael Falk, 1997. "On Mad and Comedians," Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Springer;The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, vol. 49(4), pages 615-644, December.
    2. Cambanis, Stamatis & Huang, Steel & Simons, Gordon, 1981. "On the theory of elliptically contoured distributions," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 368-385, September.
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