ellipCopula: Construction of Elliptical Copula Class Objects

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Construction of Elliptical Copula Class Objects


Creating elliptical copula objects with corresponding dimension and parameters, including the dispersion structure P (pronounced “Rho”).


ellipCopula (family, param, dim = 2, dispstr = "ex", df = 4, ...)

normalCopula(param, dim = 2, dispstr = "ex")

     tCopula(param, dim = 2, dispstr = "ex", df = 4,
             df.fixed = FALSE, df.min = 0.01)

dispstrToep(perm = NULL, check = TRUE)

## S4 method for signature 'matrix,normalCopula'
pCopula(u, copula, algorithm=NULL, keepAttr=FALSE, ...)

## S4 method for signature 'matrix,tCopula'
pCopula(u, copula, algorithm=NULL, keepAttr=FALSE, ...)



a character string specifying the family of an elliptical copula. Must be "normal" (the default) or "t".


a numeric vector specifying the parameter values; P2p() accesses this vector, whereas p2P() and getSigma() provide the corresponding “P” matrix, see below.


the dimension of the copula.


a string specifying the “dispersion structure”, i.e., type of the symmetric positive definite matrix characterizing the elliptical copula. Currently available structures are "ex" for exchangeable, "ar1" for AR(1), "toep" for Toeplitz (toeplitz), and "un" for unstructured.

The dispersion structure for Toeplitz can (and often should) now be specified by dispstrToep(), see there.


integer value specifying the number of degrees of freedom of the multivariate t distribution used to construct the t copulas.


logical specifying if the degrees of freedom df will be considered as a parameter (to be estimated) or not. The default, FALSE, means that df is to be estimated if the object is passed as argument to fitCopula.


non-negative number; the strict lower bound for df, mainly during fitting when df.fixed=FALSE, with fitCopula.


an R object of class "Copula", in our case inheriting from "ellipCopula".


a vector of the copula dimension d or a matrix with d columns, giving the points where the distribution function needs to be evaluated. Note that values outside of the cube [0,1]^d are treated equivalently to those on the cube boundary.


NULL or an "algorithm" object for package mvtnorm's pmvt() or pmvnorm() functions, see algorithms. Note that for larger dimensions, the monte-carlo based GenzBretz(..) must be used, consequently with slightly random results. By default, algorithm = NULL, algorithm is chosen separately for each row x <- u[i,], for


via hidden function pmvnormAlgo(dim, x, ...) which currently is defined as

 pmvnormAlgo <- function(dim, x, ...) {
    if(dim <= 3 && !anyNA(x) && (!any(xI <- x == Inf) || all(xI)))
    else if(dim <= 5)

via (hidden) pmvtAlgo(dim, x, ...) which is the same as pmvnormAlgo() above, but as Miwa() is not applicable, without the else if(dim <= 5) Miwa(...) clause.


logical passed to pmvnorm or pmvt, respectively.


for the pCopula() methods, optional arguments to the corresponding algorithm.


an integer vector of length d =dim, which must be a permutation of 1:d specifying the (column) ordering of the variables which has Toeplitz dispersion.


a logical specifying if the validity of perm should be checked (not strictly, currently).



ellipCopula(), normalCopula(), or tCopula():

an elliptical copula object of class "normalCopula" or "tCopula".


the character string "toep", optionally with attribute (see attributes, attr) "perm" with a permutation p of 1:d, such that (the column permuted) U[p], or in the data case the column-permuted matrix U[,p] has as dispersion matrix toeplitz(c(1, par)), with par the respective parameter vector of bivariate “correlations” ρ_{i,j}.

Note that the result of dispstrToep() is currently stored in the dispstr slot of the copula object.

pCopula(u, *):

the numerical vector of copula probabilites of length nrow(u).


ellipCopula() is a wrapper for normalCopula() and tCopula().

The pCopula() methods for the normal- and t-copulas accept optional arguments to be passed to the underlying (numerical integration) algorithms from package mvtnorm's pmvnorm and pmvt, respectively, notably algorithm, see GenzBretz, or abseps which defaults to 0.001.

See Also

p2P(), and getSigma() for construction and extraction of the dispersion matrix P or Sigma matrix of (generalized) correlations.

archmCopula, fitCopula.


normalCopula(c(0.5, 0.6, 0.7), dim = 3, dispstr = "un")
t.cop <- tCopula(c(0.5, 0.3), dim = 3, dispstr = "toep",
                 df = 2, df.fixed = TRUE)
getSigma(t.cop) # P matrix (with diagonal = 1)
stopifnot(all.equal(toeplitz(c(1, .5, .3)), getSigma(t.cop)))

## dispersion "AR1" :
nC.7 <- normalCopula(0.8, dim = 7, dispstr = "ar1")
stopifnot(all.equal(toeplitz(.8^(0:6)), getSigma(nC.7)))

## from the wrapper
norm.cop <- ellipCopula("normal", param = c(0.5, 0.6, 0.7),
                        dim = 3, dispstr = "un")
if(require("scatterplot3d") && dev.interactive(orNone=TRUE)) {
  ## 3d scatter plot of 1000 random observations
  scatterplot3d(rCopula(1000, norm.cop))
  scatterplot3d(rCopula(1000, t.cop))
uN <- rCopula(512, norm.cop)
set.seed(2); pN1 <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop)
set.seed(3); pN2 <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop)
stopifnot(identical(pN1, pN2)) # no longer random for dim = 3
(Xtras <- copula:::doExtras())
if(Xtras) { ## a bit more accurately:
  set.seed(4); pN1. <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, abseps = 1e-9)
  set.seed(5); pN2. <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, abseps = 1e-9)
  stopifnot(all.equal(pN1., pN2., 1e-5))# see 3.397e-6
  ## but increasing the required precision (e.g., abseps=1e-15) does *NOT* help

## For smaller copula dimension 'd', alternatives are available and
## non-random, see ?GenzBretz from package 'mvtnorm' :
has_mvtn <- "package:mvtnorm" %in% search() #% << (workaround ESS Rd render bug)
  require("mvtnorm")# -> GenzBretz(), Miva(), and TVPACK() are available
## Note that Miwa() would become very slow for dimensions 5, 6, ..
set.seed(4); pN1.M <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, algorithm = Miwa(steps = 512))
set.seed(5); pN2.M <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, algorithm = Miwa(steps = 512))
stopifnot(all.equal(pN1.M, pN2.M, tol= 1e-15))# *no* randomness
set.seed(4); pN1.T <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, algorithm = TVPACK(abseps = 1e-10))
set.seed(5); pN2.T <- pCopula(uN, norm.cop, algorithm = TVPACK(abseps = 1e-14))
stopifnot(all.equal(pN1.T, pN2.T, tol= 1e-15))# *no* randomness (but no effect of 'abseps')
   detach("package:mvtnorm")# (revert)

## Versions with unspecified parameters:
allEQ <- function(u,v) all.equal(u, v, tolerance=0)
stopifnot(allEQ(ellipCopula("norm"), normalCopula()),
          allEQ(ellipCopula("t"), tCopula()))
tCopula(dim=4, df.fixed=TRUE)
tCopula(dim=5, disp = "toep", df.fixed=TRUE)
normalCopula(dim=4, disp = "un")

## Toeplitz after *permutation* dispersions (new in copula 1.1-0) ---------
tpar <- c(7,5,3)/8 # *gives* pos.def.:
(ev <- eigen(toeplitz(c(1, tpar)), symmetric=TRUE, only.values=TRUE)$values)
stopifnot(ev > 0)
N4.   <- ellipCopula("normal", dim=4, param=tpar, dispstr = "toep") #"regular"
## reversed order is "the same" for toeplitz structure:
N4.pr <- ellipCopula("normal", dim=4, param=tpar, dispstr = dispstrToep(4:1))
N4.p1 <- ellipCopula("normal", dim=4, param=tpar, dispstr = dispstrToep(c(4,1:3)))
N4.p2 <- ellipCopula("normal", dim=4, param=tpar, dispstr = dispstrToep(c(4:3,1:2)))
N4.p3 <- ellipCopula("normal", dim=4, param=tpar, dispstr = dispstrToep(c(2,4,1,3)))

(pm <- attr(N4.p3@dispstr, "perm")) # (2 4 1 3)
ip <- c(3,1,4,2) # the *inverse* permutation of (2 4 1 3) = Matrix::invPerm(pm)
(Sp3 <- getSigma(N4.p3)) # <-- "permuted toeplitz"
Sp3[ip, ip] # re-ordered rows & columns => *is* toeplitz :
stopifnot(exprs = {
  ## permutations  pm  and  ip  are inverses:
  pm[ip] == 1:4
  ip[pm] == 1:4
  is.matrix(T4 <- toeplitz(c(1, tpar)))
  identical(getSigma(N4.),   T4)
  identical(getSigma(N4.pr), T4) # 4:1 and 1:4 is "the same" for Rho
  identical(Sp3[ip, ip]  ,   T4)
  identical(Sp3,      T4[pm,pm])
## Data generation -- NB: The U matrices are equal only "in distribution":
set.seed(7); U.p3 <- rCopula(1000, N4.p3)
set.seed(7); U.   <- rCopula(1000, N4.)
stopifnot(exprs = {
 all.equal(loglikCopula(tpar, u=U.p3,      copula= N4.p3),
           loglikCopula(tpar, u=U.p3[,ip], copula= N4.) -> LL3)
 all.equal(loglikCopula(tpar, u=U.,      copula= N4.),
           loglikCopula(tpar, u=U.[,pm], copula= N4.p3) -> LL.)
c(LL. , LL3)# similar but different
if(Xtras) {
  fm.  <- fitCopula(N4.  , U.  )
  fm.3 <- fitCopula(N4.p3, U.p3)
  stopifnot(all.equal(coef(fm.), coef(fm.3), tol = 0.01))# similar but different

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