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A Note on the Regularity of Center-Outward Distribution and Quantile Functions


  • Eustasio Del Barrio
  • Alberto Gonzalez-Sanz
  • Marc Hallin


We provide sufficient conditions under which the center-outward distribution and quantile functions introduced in Chernozhukov et al. (2017) and Hallin (2017) are homeomorphisms, thereby extending a recent result by Figalli [17]. Our approach relies on Cafarelli’s classical regularity theory for the solutions of the Monge-Amp`ere equation, but has to deal with difficulties related with the unboundedness at the origin of the density of the spherical uniform reference measure. Our conditions are satisfied by probabillities on Euclidean space with a general (bounded or unbounded) convex support which are not covered in [17]. We provide some additional results about center-outward distribution and quantile functions, including the fact that quantile sets exhibit some weak form of convexity.

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  • Eustasio Del Barrio & Alberto Gonzalez-Sanz & Marc Hallin, 2019. "A Note on the Regularity of Center-Outward Distribution and Quantile Functions," Working Papers ECARES 2019-33, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/299088

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