# Selection and maximum likelihood estimation of bivariate copula families

### Description

This function selects an appropriate bivariate copula family for given bivariate copula data using one of a range of methods. The corresponding parameter estimates are obtained by maximum likelihood estimation.

### Usage

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BiCopSelect(u1, u2, familyset=NA, selectioncrit="AIC",
indeptest=FALSE, level=0.05)
``` |

### Arguments

`u1,u2` |
Data vectors of equal length with values in [0,1]. |

`familyset` |
Vector of bivariate copula families to select from
(the independence copula MUST NOT be specified in this vector, otherwise it will be selected).
The vector has to include at least one bivariate copula family that allows for positive and one that allows for negative dependence.
If |

`selectioncrit` |
Character indicating the criterion for bivariate copula selection. Possible choices: |

`indeptest` |
Logical; whether a hypothesis test for the independence of |

`level` |
Numeric; significance level of the independence test (default: |

### Details

Copulas can be selected according to the Akaike and Bayesian Information Criteria (AIC and BIC, respectively).
First all available copulas are fitted using maximum likelihood estimation.
Then the criteria are computed for all available copula families
(e.g., if `u1`

and `u2`

are negatively dependent, Clayton, Gumbel, Joe, BB1, BB6, BB7 and BB8 and their survival copulas are not considered)
and the family with the minimum value is chosen.
For observations *u_{i,j}, i=1,...,N,\ j=1,2,* the AIC of a bivariate copula family *c* with parameter(s) *\boldsymbol{θ}* is defined as

*
AIC := -2 ∑_{i=1}^N ln[c(u_{i,1},u_{i,2}|θ)] + 2k,
*

where *k=1* for one parameter copulas and *k=2* for the two parameter t-, BB1, BB6, BB7 and BB8 copulas.
Similarly, the BIC is given by

*
BIC := -2 ∑_{i=1}^N ln[c(u_{i,1},u_{i,2}|θ)] + ln(N)k.
*

Evidently, if the BIC is chosen, the penalty for two parameter families is stronger than when using the AIC.

Additionally a test for independence can be performed beforehand.

### Value

`family` |
The selected bivariate copula family. |

`par, par2` |
The estimated bivariate copula parameter(s). |

`p.value.indeptest` |
P-value of the independence test if performed. |

### Note

When the bivariate t-copula is considered and the degrees of freedom are estimated to be larger than 30, then the bivariate Gaussian copula is taken into account instead. Similarly, when BB1 (Clayton-Gumbel), BB6 (Joe-Gumbel), BB7 (Joe-Clayton) or BB8 (Joe-Frank) copulas are considered and the parameters are estimated to be very close to one of their boundary cases, the respective one parameter copula is taken into account instead.

### Author(s)

Eike Brechmann, Jeffrey Dissmann

### References

Akaike, H. (1973). Information theory and an extension of the maximum likelihood principle. In B. N. Petrov and F. Csaki (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Information Theory Budapest, Akademiai Kiado, pp. 267-281.

Brechmann, E. C. (2010).
Truncated and simplified regular vines and their applications.
Diploma thesis, Technische Universitaet Muenchen.

http://mediatum.ub.tum.de/doc/1079285/1079285.pdf.

Manner, H. (2007). Estimation and model selection of copulas with an application to exchange rates. METEOR research memorandum 07/056, Maastricht University.

Schwarz, G. E. (1978). Estimating the dimension of a model. Annals of Statistics 6 (2), 461-464.

### See Also

`CDVineCopSelect`

, `BiCopIndTest`

### Examples

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## Example 1: Gaussian copula with large dependence parameter
par1 = 0.7
fam1 = 1
dat1 = BiCopSim(500,fam1,par1)
# select the bivariate copula family and estimate the parameter(s)
cop1 = BiCopSelect(dat1[,1],dat1[,2],familyset=c(1:10),indeptest=FALSE,level=0.05)
cop1$family
cop1$par
cop1$par2
## Example 2: Gaussian copula with small dependence parameter
par2 = 0.01
fam2 = 1
dat2 = BiCopSim(500,fam2,par2)
# select the bivariate copula family and estimate the parameter(s)
cop2 = BiCopSelect(dat2[,1],dat2[,2],familyset=c(1:10),indeptest=TRUE,level=0.05)
cop2$family
cop2$par
cop2$par2
## Not run:
## Example 3: empirical data
data(worldindices)
cop3 = BiCopSelect(worldindices[,1],worldindices[,4],familyset=c(1:10,13,14,16,23,24,26))
cop3$family
cop3$par
cop3$par2
## End(Not run)
``` |