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Are copulas unimodal?


  • Cuculescu, Ioan
  • Theodorescu, Radu


Three types of unimodality (central convex, block, and star) are considered and the corresponding sets of unimodal copulas determined. Examples of star unimodal copulas, absolutely continuous, with a nonnull singular part, and even singular, are given. Necessary and sufficient conditions for a diagonal to be the diagonal section of a star unimodal copula are also indicated. Attention is also paid to the Archimedean case.

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  • Cuculescu, Ioan & Theodorescu, Radu, 2003. "Are copulas unimodal?," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 48-71, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:86:y:2003:i:1:p:48-71

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    1. Capéraà, Philippe & Fougères, Anne-Laure & Genest, Christian, 2000. "Bivariate Distributions with Given Extreme Value Attractor," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 30-49, January.
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    1. Müller, Alfred & Scarsini, Marco, 2005. "Archimedean copulæ and positive dependence," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 93(2), pages 434-445, April.
    2. Zalzadeh, Saeed & Pellerey, Franco, 2016. "A positive dependence notion based on componentwise unimodality of copulas," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 51-57.


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