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An Introduction to Copulas

Nelsen, Roger B.

Originally published as volume 139 in the series "Lecture Notes Statistics"

2nd ed. 2006, XIV, 272 p.

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Copulas are functions that join multivariate distribution functions to their one-dimensional margins. The study of copulas and their role in statistics is a new but vigorously growing field. In this book the student or practitioner of statistics and probability will find discussions of the fundamental properties of copulas and some of their primary applications. The applications include the study of dependence and measures of association, and the construction of families of bivariate distributions.

With 116 examples, 54 figures, and 167 exercises, this book is suitable as a text or for self-study. The only prerequisite is an upper level undergraduate course in probability and mathematical statistics, although some familiarity with nonparametric statistics would be useful. Knowledge of measure-theoretic probability is not required. The revised second edition includes new sections on extreme value copulas, tail dependence, and quasi-copulas.

Roger B. Nelsen is Professor of Mathematics at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Proofs Without Words: Exercises in Visual Thinking and Proofs Without Words II: More Exercises in Visual Thinking, published by the Mathematical Association of America.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Measures of association - Multivariate distributions - Parametric statistics - Statistical models - copula - dependence - mathematical statistics - statistics

Related subjects » Business, Economics & Finance - Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes - Quantitative Finance - Statistical Theory and Methods - Theoretical Computer Science

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