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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8927248, 8 pages
Research Article

Spatial Tail Dependence and Survival Stability in a Class of Archimedean Copulas

1UFR-SEG, Université Ouaga II, 12 BP 417, Ouagadougou 12, Burkina Faso
2FSEG, Université des SSG, BP 2575, Bamako, Mali
3UFR-ST, Université de Koudougou, BP 376, Koudougou, Burkina Faso

Received 27 February 2016; Accepted 17 May 2016

Academic Editor: Radko Mesiar

Copyright © 2016 Diakarya Barro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper investigates properties of extensions of tail dependence of Archimax copulas to high dimensional analysis in a spatialized framework. Specifically, we propose a characterization of bivariate margins of spatial Archimax processes while spatial multivariate upper and lower tail dependence coefficients are modeled, respectively, for Archimedean copulas and Archimax ones. A property of stability is given using convex transformations of survival copulas in a spatialized Archimedean family.

1. Introduction

In stochastic multivariate modeling, the use of copulas provides a powerful method of analysing the dependence structure of two or more random variables. Copulas were first introduced via a pioneering result of Abe Sklar (see Durante and Sempi [1]) by means of a theorem which bears his name and which constitutes the fundamental tool of copulas applications to dependence modeling in statistics. Since then, the copula functions appear implicitly in any multivariate distributions as a structure that allows separating the marginal distributions and the dependence model. Specifically, the -dimensional copula associated with a random vector with cumulative distribution is given by the probability integral transformation mapping to via the Sklar representation (see [2]); such that, for all ,Several approaches of construction of multivariate copulas have been developed and many surveys of copulas theory and applications have appeared in the literature to date. For instance, Joe [2] and Nelsen [3] are two key textbooks on copulas analysis, providing clear and detailed introductions to copulas and dependence modeling with an emphasis on statistical and mathematical foundations in spatial context.

Arising naturally in the context of Laplace Transforms (see Joe [2]), Archimedean copulas form a prominent class of copulas which leads to the construction of multivariate distributions involving one-dimensional generator functions (Charpentier and Segers [4]). Particularly, an -dimensional copula is an Archimedean copula, if there exists a continuous and strictly decreasing convex function , the generator of , in the class of completely monotone functions:with generalized inverse such thatStandard properties of Archimedean copulas can be found in McNeil and Nešlehová [5]. Particularly Nelsen ([6] or [3]) provides a list of common one-parameter Archimedean generator functions while Whelan [7] and Hofert and Scherer [8] studied algorithms for sampling Archimedean copulas. The class of Archimedean copulas started a wide range of applications for a number of properties like their computational tractability and their flexibility to model dependences between random variables. One of the most salient properties is the exchangeability induced by the algebraic associativity; that is, in bivariate case, However, for many other applications like risk managment, the exchangeability turns out to be restrictive. To overcome this drawback researchers have developed other approaches of modeling. For example, Joe [2] and Hofert and Scherer [8] use Laplace Transforms (LT) to derive more asymmetric and flexible extensions of multivariate Archimedean copulas. In the same vein and with the aim to construct Archimedean copulas belonging to given domain of attraction, Charpentier et al. (see [9]) introduced, in bivariate context, the family of Archimax copulas by combining the extreme values and Archimedean copulas classes into a single class. A member of this class with generator has the following representation:where satisfies relation (1) and is a convex dependence function mapping to and verifying .

Particularly, in stationary geostatistical context, we have where is the distance between the two sites.

The main contribution of this paper is to model multivariate tail dependence by extending this asymptotic result to spatial framework. Property of spatial stability of survival Archimax copulas is also proved. The paper is organized as follows: Section 2 gives the basic definitions and properties that will be needed for our results. Section 3 presents our main results. Thus, the parametric tail dependence is also generalized. Specifically, the upper parameter is analytically modeled via the LT-generator of the process and the lower parameter is characterized both for strictly Archimedean and for strictly extremal subclasses in parametric context.

2. Materials and Methods

In this section we collect the important definitions and properties on multivariate tail dependence and survival Archimax copulas that turn out to be necessary for our approach. The reader which is interested in bivariate statements of Archimedean copulas is referred to Genest and MacKay [10] and the software R and Evanesce [11] implements Archimax models proposed by Joe [2].

2.1. Multivariate Tail Dependence Coefficient

The concept of tail dependence of two random variables is related to the magnitude of the occurrence that one component is extremely large assuming that the other component is also extremely large. For two random variables and with joint distribution function , the upper tail dependence coefficient (TDC) is the conditional probability (if it exists) that is greater than the th percentile of given that is greater than the th percentile of as approaches 1; that is,Similarly, the lower TDC is defined, if it exists, by

Several approaches of generalization of TDC to high dimensional cases have been proposed.

Definition 1 (see Diakarya [12] or [13]). A multivariate generalization of the TDC consists in considering variables and to quantify the conditional probability that each of the variables takes values from the tail given that the remaining variables take values from the tail too. For a given , the corresponding generalized upper TDC is given bySimilarly, the lower TDC is given by

2.2. Radial Symmetry of Survival Distributions Functions

In multivariate modeling with Archimedean copulas in actuarial fields or duration analysis in economics, it is more appropriate to use the stochastic behaviours by means of survival function of the distribution associated with the underlying copula.

Definition 2 (Cherubini et al. [14]). The survival function of the cumulative distribution function associated with a random vector denoted as represents, if evaluated at , the joint probability that is greater than , respectively, where is the set of nonempty subsets of while denotes the set of lower marginal distributions of .

Thus, we derive from relation (11) the survival version of Sklar’s representation (1) aswhere are the generalized pseudoinverses of (see Joe [2]).

Note that, in stochastic analysis, care needs to be taken when dealing with survival concept in multivariate case. Indeed, it follows that, for ,

By analogy, in copulas framework, there is no confusion between the suvival copula of (the copula of the survival function of ) and the cocopula of (the survival distribution of the distribution ).

Then, for all , it follows that

Particularly in analysis with Archimedean copulas, survival distributions are often used to characterize exchangeability or the radial symmetry which is a key tool among the possibilities in which sense random vectors are symmetric. Following Nelsen [3], the random vector is said to be radially symmetric about if its joint distribution function satisfieswhere is the survival function of . In terms of copulas relation (15) means that

3. Main Results

3.1. Spatial Dependence of Marginal Archimax Process

Let be a continuous stochastic random vector observed at a finite number of locations , , with joint distribution whose underlying parametric copula is .

For simplicity reasons, let us note (which is different from , the th power of

Under this notational assumption, the process is given by and . We extend the concept of Archimax copula as follows.

Definition 3. The process is called 2-marginally Archimax if for all every bivariate marginal distribution can be associated with an Archimax copula with a completely monotone function

Consider, for example, the process whose underlying copula is the following nested model:for all , where is an -Archimedean copula. For the simple case where , the bivariate marginal copulas are the models of Gumbel, such that, for all site and for all , which belongs to the class of Archimax models for with

Consider a 2-marginally Archimax process with joint distribution function Assume that satisfies the regularly varying property with index (, written as . That means particularly that there exists a random vector , distributed on the unit spatialized parametric simplex, such that, for any and any Borel-set ,where symbolizes vague convergence and is an arbitrary norm of (see Nelsen [3]).

The following result characterizes the bivariate marginal distributions of Archimax processes.

Proposition 4. Let be a 2-marginally Archimax process, with joint distribution , and generated by If there exists such as , then every bivariate marginal distribution of , related to with , is given bywhere is a space-varying, convex appropriate function mapping to

Proof. Suppose that the processes have a common bivariate marginal distribution; that is, for any site , and let denote the Archimax copula associated with the common bivariate margins of .
Then, it follows that, for all ,whenever is such that with
According to Sklar’s theorem via relation (1), for all , it comes that Therefore, for all ,Furthermore, while characterizing extensions of Archimax distributions, Genest et al.[15] showed that if an Archimax copula with Pickands dependence function belongs to the max-domain of attraction (MDA) of another given Archimax copula , then there exists , such thatConsequently, combining (1) and (5), it follows that, for all ,In particular, in a bivariate spatial context, it follows that, for all , is the Pickands dependence function to which the copula in its domain of attraction belongs.
Finaly, by combining (1) and (29), we have the following where is expressed in terms of : Thus, we obtain (22) which is satisfied as asserted.

Definition 5. The function is called a spatial dependence Archimax function.

3.2. Spatial Upper Tail Dependence of Archimedean Copulas

One of the key properties of copulas is that they remain invariant under strictly increasing transformations of the marginal laws. Therefore, the tail dependence parameter becomes a pure property of the copula associated with the random vector, that is, independent of marginal laws. Then, from Durante and Sempi [1] the copula-based version of relation (9) is given bywhere is the survival copula of . Then, in parametric context it follows this result.

Proposition 6. Let be a spatial Archimedean copula with generator . Then, for all , , the parametric generalization to of the upper TDC is given analytically byfor specific elements of the set of nonempty subsets of

Proof. Assume that the copula is a spatial Archimedean one, for a given . That means particularly that, for all ,Moreover, noting that every copula is also a cumulative distribution function (with uniform margins), we let be the survival distribution .
Then, using relation (14) in a space-varying context, it follows thatFurthermore, from Charpentier et al. (see in [9]), it comes thatwhere denotes the set
Then, for , we can rewrite more simply formula (24) such thatwhere contains elements of the set of nonempty subsets of with for all
Therefore, using simultaneously (35) and (36), it comes that, for all ,where is rather such as for all .
Specifically, by replacing in (37) the Archimedean copula by its analytical form (33), it comes that Furthermore, using relation (17) in a parametric case, it follows that Finally, using the analytical form of in (31), we obtain (32) as asserted.

3.3. Spatial Lower Tail Dependence of Archimax Copulas

While modeling stochastic dependence Schmitz (see in [16]) established the consistency of the copulas associated with stochastic processes. Particularly, that means in a Archimedean class that the lower marginal copulas are still Archimedean copulas.

Similarly, the copula-based version of relations (10) is given bywhere is the marginal copula underlying the marginal vector of () components such that The following result generalizes the space-varying lower TDC in a marginal Archimax field.

Proposition 7. Let be the generator of a 2-marginally Archimax process Then, for all and (), the generalized lower TDC, , is given by the following:(i)   where is a specific ratio in if is strictly Archimedean.(ii)   for a specific conditional measure if is strictly extremal.

Proof. From formula (40) in a parametric and spatial context, it follows that where in Archimax copulas. In other terms, can either take a strictly Archimedean form or satisfy the max-stability property of extremal copulas.
(i) Let be strictly Archimedean copulas and so satisfy formula (2); then it follows that when the function belongs to class (2).
Then, is stricly increasing from to and and then as asserted.
(ii) Suppose that are rather extreme values copulas. Then the canonical representation of Pickands (see in [14]) shows thatwhere is the Pickands function of defined on and subject to valid properties given in (Nelsen [3]).
Thus, formula (45) gives where is instead the Pickands function of .
Finally, it follows that a convex measure mapping to is as follows: Then as asserted.

3.4. Stability of Survival and Spatialized Archimedean Copulas

Let be a 2-marginally Archimax process with generator We obtain the following property.

Proposition 8. Let be the generator of a 2-marginally Archimax process with copulas . Let moreover denote the survival spatial copulas of the copulas of the process. Then, under the strictly extremal assumption of the copulas and for all , the geometric combinationprovides a space-parameter bivariate extremal copula.

Proof. Proof of Proposition 8 consists in establishing first that, for every , the copula is also an extreme value copula. Following Diakarya [12] or Liebscher [17], one can use transformations for and , mapping to such as to show that, in -dimensional fields for all and for all , the geometric transformationwhich givesis still a copula for any family like in time series of -dimensional copulas radially symmetric.
Therefore, in a bivariate and space-varying framework, the following transformation is still a copula: Moreover, any copula is extremal one by assumption and therefore verifies particularly the copula-based max-stability property given in bivariate parametric case asThen, using relation (52), it follows, for all , thatFurthermore, using the radial symmetry of the copulas we derive from (52) that A sufficient condition is to prove that verifies the copula-based max-stability property, for all , which then gives, due to formula (53), for all , Let us use again the fact that are extreme values models.
So, for all and , Using a second time (27) it follows that Hence satisfies relation (52) which characterizes the extremal copulas.

4. Conclusion and Discussion

The results of this study provide important properties on parametric copulas and tail dependence in a spatial context. Properties have been proposed on spatial dependence for stochastic processes with bivariate marginal copulas in the Archimax class. More specifically, in a spatialized framework the characterization of the tail dependence concept has been extended to multivariate Archimedean copulas, for the upper coefficient, and to -dimensional copulas with Archimax bivariate marginal, for the lower tail coefficient. Otherwise spatialized bivariate Archimedean copulas have been shown to be stable under geometric combinations.

These are very interesting results for a number of reasons. For example, the characterization of the tail dependence parameters provides an explicit form involving more computability. Moreover, these results allow us to extend stochastic processes analysis to marginal Archimax families. The particularity of our paper in stochastic processes analysis is that it investigates both survival and conditional properties of Archimax copulas in a parametric spatial and parametric context.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that there are no competing interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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