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A copula-based analysis of false discovery rate control under dependence assumptions


  • Cerqueti, Roy
  • Costantini, Mauro
  • Lupi, Claudio


The false discovery rate (FDR) first introduced in Benjamini and Hochberg (1995) is a powerful approach to multiple testing. Benjamini and Yekutieli (2001) proved that the original procedure developed for independent test statistics controls the FDR also for positively dependent test statistics. Furthermore, Yekutieli (2008) showed that a modification of the original procedure can be used even in the presence of non-positively regression dependent test statistics. In this paper we elaborate on Yekutieli (2008) and introduce suitable classes of copulas to identify the conditions under which the dependence properties needed to control the FDR are satisfied.

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  • Cerqueti, Roy & Costantini, Mauro & Lupi, Claudio, 2012. "A copula-based analysis of false discovery rate control under dependence assumptions," Economics & Statistics Discussion Papers esdp12065, University of Molise, Dept. EGSeI.
  • Handle: RePEc:mol:ecsdps:esdp12065

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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. Lai, C. D. & Xie, M., 2000. "A new family of positive quadrant dependent bivariate distributions," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 359-364, February.
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    1. Cerqueti, Roy & Lupi, Claudio, 2015. "Total positivity for a class of non-exchangeable copulas," Economics & Statistics Discussion Papers esdp15077, University of Molise, Dept. EGSeI.
    2. Thorsten Dickhaus & Jakob Gierl, 2012. "Simultaneous test procedures in terms of p-value copulae," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2012-049, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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    Multiple testing; False discovery rate; Copulas;

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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C40 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - General

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