A -statistic for the tail index of a multivariate stable random vector is given as an extension of the univariate case introduced by Fan (2006). Asymptotic normality and consistency of the proposed -statistic for the tail index are proved theoretically. The proposed estimator is used to estimate the spectral measure. The performance of both introduced tail index and spectral measure estimators is compared with the known estimators by comprehensive simulations and real datasets.

1. Introduction

In recent years, stable distributions have received extensive use in a vast number of fields including physics, economics, finance, insurance, and telecommunications. Different sorts of data found in applications arise from heavy tailed or asymmetric distribution, where normal models are clearly inappropriate. In fact, stable distributions have theoretical underpinnings to accurately model a wide variety of processes. Stable distribution has originated with the work of Lévy [1]. There are a variety of ways to introduce a stable random vector. In the following, two definitions are proposed for a stable random vector; see Samorodnitsky and Taqqu [2].

Definition 1. A random vector is said to be stable in if for any positive numbers and there are a positive number and a vector such thatwhere and are independent and identical copies of and .

Definition 2. Let . Then is a non-Gaussian -stable random vector in if there exist a finite measure on the unit sphere and a vector such thatwhere for , , , and denotes the sign function. The pair is unique.

The parameter , in Definitions 1 and 2, is called tail index. A random vector is said to be a strictly -stable random vector in if for ; see Samorodnitsky and Taqqu [2]. We note that is strictly -stable, in the sense of Definition 1, if . Throughout we assume that is strictly -stable and . The probability density function of a stable distribution has no closed-form expression and moments with orders greater than or equal to are not finite for the members of this class. The two aforementioned difficulties make statistical inference about the parameters of a stable distribution hard. However, a series of contributions has permitted inference about the parameters of univariate and multivariate stable distributions. For example, in the univariate case, maximum likelihood (ML) estimation was studied first by DuMouchel (1971) and then by Nolan [3]. Although the ML approach leads to an efficient estimate for samples of large size, it involves numerical complexities. A program, called STABLE, uses a cubic spline interpolation of stable densities for this purpose; see Nolan [4]. STABLE estimates all four parameters of a stable distribution for . Sample quantile (SQ) technique is another approach proposed by McCulloch [5]. The results are simple and consistent estimators of all four parameters based on five sample quantiles. The empirical characteristic function (CF) is suggested by Kogon and Williams [6]. The CF and SQ methods work well but are not as efficient as the ML method. As the last approach considered here, -statistics for the tail index and scale parameters of a univariate strictly stable distribution are introduced by Fan [7]. In multivariate case, the focus of interest is the spectral measure estimation. Among them, we refer to Nolan et al. [8], Pivato and Seco [9], Ogata [10], and Mohammadi et al. [11].

The structure of the paper is as follows. In Section 2, new estimators for the tail index and spectral measure of a strictly stable distribution are presented which is an extension of the -statistic proposed by Fan [7] for the univariate case. A comprehensive simulation study is performed in Section 3 to compare the performance of the introduced estimators and the known estimators. Two real data sets are analyzed in this section to illustrate the performance of the proposed method.

2. New Estimators

This section consists of two subsections. Firstly, we propose an estimator for the tail index. Secondly, an estimator for the spectral measure is given.

2.1. Estimation of Tail Index

The main result of this section is given in Theorem 4, which gives -statistic for the inverse of tail index of a strictly stable distribution. We present the main result in the light of Lemma 3 given as follows. The proofs are given in the Appendix.

Lemma 3. Let be a -dimensional strictly stable random vector. Then, is finite, where denotes the Euclidean norm.

Theorem 4. Let be a sequence of observations from a -dimensional strictly stable random vector. Then whereis the -statistic for .

As it is seen, from Theorem 4, the introduced -statistic is an unbiased estimator for . Hereafter, we write as introduced estimator for . Here, subscript MU indicates that is constructed based on multivariate -statistic defined in Theorem 4. It should be noted that when the true value of is near two, the kernel given in (4) could be less than 0.5. So, is greater than two. In this case, we set .

2.2. Spectral Measure Estimation

We use to estimate an -point discrete approximation to the exact spectral measure of the formwhere is a mass at point in the unit sphere and is an indicator function at point ; for , see Byczkowski et al. [12]. To estimate , we replace Definition 2 for a strictly -dimensional stable random vector withwhere for and for . Definewhere , for . Using (7) and (8), both sides of (6) are connected together through the following linear system:where . Assuming that in (9) is nonsingular, then . Hence, we estimate the vector of the masses aswherein which is -th vector observation in random sample of size .

Due to the standard error of , we have two problems with direct use of (10). Firstly, may be complex, and secondly, its real part may be quite negative. Since and are complex while gamma is constrained to be real (and nonnegative), the Euclidean norm used by McCulloch [13] and Nolan et al. [8] must be replaced with the complex modulus to solve both problems in a novel way. For this, we use the library in the package. In the next section, the estimated spectral measure , based on , is shown by . We note that another estimator of can be constructed by separating both of the real and imaginary parts in the structure of . But simulation results show that constructed estimator gives the same performance.

3. Simulation Study

This section is in three parts. Firstly, we study the performance of the proposed estimator with the known ones for estimating the tail index. Secondly, we compare the performance of the spectral measure estimator developed through the introduced tail index estimator with the known approaches. In the last subsection, we give a real data example to illustrate the efficiency of the proposed estimators.

3.1. Performance Analysis of the Tail Index Estimators

Here, we perform a simulation study to compare the performance of and four other estimators for , including () , () , () , and () . The first three competitors are ML, SQ, and CF estimations for the tail index, respectively. Each of three competitors is obtained as after projecting the -dimensional stable random vector using . Here, is the number of masses, is an arbitrary unit vector, and is the -dimensional stable random vector. It is worth noting that the first three competitors are computed by the help of software after projecting. The fourth estimator, that is, , is the second estimator for tail index proposed by Mohammadi et al. [11]. We compare both the bias and root mean-squared error (RMSE) of estimators for 500 replications of samples of size and of a bivariate stable random vector generated by the method given in Modarres and Nolan [14]. We use two settings for discrete spectral measure with masses, including and . In both cases, masses are concentrated on points = for . In the first case that data are coming from a stable distribution with , we generate from a uniform distribution on the unit sphere . For the second case, we set . Biases and RMSEs for = (0.1 : 0.1 : 0.9, 0.95, 1.05, 1.1 : 0.1 : 1.9, 1.95, 2) are shown in Figures 1 and 2. As Figure 1 shows, when , we observe that is more efficient than for . Also, it works better than in terms of RMSE (for ). Based on Figure 2, when , we observe that is more efficient than other methods when and in the sense of RMSE. Also, when and , is more efficient than , , and with respect to RMSE.

3.2. Performance Analysis of the Spectral Measure Estimators

Here, we compare the performance of the estimator for masses of spectral measure constructed based on -statistic, with the other four known estimators for the spectral measure. The competitors are three types of estimators for based on empirical characteristic function method: () ; () ; () ; and () Mohammadi et al. [11] estimator for , . For computing , , and , we use command in the program, where is data vector, is number of spectral measure masses, is the method to use for estimating parameters of univariate stable distribution, that is, MLE, SQ, and CF (corresponding codes in are 1, 2, and 3, respectively), is the method to use for estimating parameters of bivariate stable distribution (we set which corresponds to empirical characteristic function approach, ), and refers to kind of parameterization. Here, we set since we are using the characteristic function in (2). More information about the first three competitors is given in Robust Analysis Inc. [15]. The estimators , , , and are obtained by substituting , , , and into (7) and then solving linear system (10), respectively. Comparisons are based on the RMSE of , for , which is defined as , where is the number of iterations and is the estimation of th component of at th iteration. We consider five scenarios for the structure of discrete spectral measure as follows.(1)Independent case: .(2)Symmetric case: .(3)Uniform case: .(4)Triangle case: .(5)Exchangeable case: .We note that the first and the third scenarios above are similar to Examples and of Nolan et al. [8], respectively. The fourth scenario is called Triangle since corresponding density contour plot is similar to a triangle. For each of the above five scenarios, we arrange the settings of simulation as , = 1.25; 1.75; = 2000; 5000 ( is sample size), and . It should be noted that masses are located at , for , and components of are generated from a uniform distribution on the unit sphere . The results of simulations are given in Figures 36. As it is seen, shows better performance than .

3.3. Real Data Analysis

Here, we give two examples. In the first example, adjusted daily log-return (in percent) for the 30 stocks at the Dow Jones index is collected between January 3, 2000, and December 31, 2004. The log-return percent of 1247 closing prices has been computed for AXP (American Express Company) and MRK (Merck & Co. Inc.) stocks after multiplying the daily log-return by 100; see Nolan [16]. The scatter plot of AXP and MRK stocks log-return percent values, , is shown in Figure 7. We use a bivariate -stable distribution with points of masses for spectral measure addressed by , for . We estimate the location parameter as . So, a strictly -stable distribution is fitted to the . For this, we set , for . Table 1 shows the results for modelling data through five methods. We note that estimated tail indices are , , , , and . As it is seen, estimated tail indices through estimators and are closer together than the other estimators. In the second example, we focus on the cubic-root of the monthly average of river discharge. We choose discharge of the Odra and Wisla rivers in Poland during 1901 to 1986 (raw data are in m3/s. They are available at https://nelson.wisc.edu/sage/data-and-models/riverdata/). The scatter plot for cubic-root of Odra river discharge versus cubic-root of Wisla river discharge is shown in Figure 8. Setting , , and , for , we obtain . After fitting a strictly -stable distribution to the shifted data, results for estimating spectral measure are given in Table 2. Estimated tail indices are , , , , and . Based on results given in Table 2, estimated masses through estimators , , and are closer together than the other estimators. We compare here with and since the latter estimators are among the best estimators for the masses as shown in the previous subsection.

4. Conclusion

We compare the performance of the introduced -statistic for the tail index with the well-known methods, including maximum likelihood, empirical characteristic function, sample quantile, and that introduced in Mohammadi et al. [11] through a simulation study. In the sense of root mean-squared error, it is proved that proposed tail index estimator always outperforms Mohammadi et al. [11] and SQ methods when . This is while ML and CF methods show better performance than the proposed estimator for large , say in terms of root mean-squared error. Simulation studies for estimating the discrete spectral measure under five scenarios prove that estimator of based on introduced -statistic shows, in terms of root mean-squared error, better performance than Mohammadi et al. [11] estimator. Analysis of two sets of real data reveals that estimator of the tail index and based on -statistic shows expedient performance. As some possible future works, firstly, we aim to introduce a -statistic for the case of a nonzero location parameter. Secondly, we look for methodology possibly based on a -statistic, to estimate tail, masses, and location parameters simultaneously. Finally, recalling that the approach employed in this work is based on characteristic function, the discrete spectral measure using can be estimated through projection approach.


Proof of Lemma 3. We show that . Suppose and , , , , , and . Sowhere , in the above, denotes one of the components of vector . It should be noted that inequality holds irrespective of . On the other hand, Thus, Generally, for , one can write where we adopt this convention that . Let stands for a univariate strictly stable random variable with tail index , scale parameter , and skewness parameter . It is well known that if is an -stable random vector, then any linear combination of its components such as , for , follows a stable distribution with tail index ,where is spectral measure and ; see Samorodnitsky and Taqqu [2]. It follows, from Kuruoglu [17], that if , then where . Also, where , for and . Parameters and are defined in (A.5). Finally,The proof is complete since all terms on the right-hand side of (A.8) are finite.

Proof of Theorem 4. We rewrite Definition 1 asSetting , , and in (A.9), it yieldsBy applying log-transformation, after taking the Euclidean norm, to both sides of (A.10), we haveThe right-hand side of (A.11) can be used to define a symmetric kernel of the formTo guarantee the asymptotic normality of the introduced -statistics for with kernel (A.12), we need to check that . It suffices to show that . For this, the result of Lemma 3 shows that is finite. On the other hand, from (A.10) it turns out thatWe use property (A.13) to calculate variance of the right-hand side of (A.12) as whereApplying property (A.13) again on the right-hand side of (A.15), we havewhere we used the result of Lemma 3 to get the right-hand side of (A.16). This means thatTherefore, . Now, we define -statistic for with kernel given in (A.12) asBy definition, given -statistic in (A.18) is unbiased estimator for .

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.