Semiparametric Multivariate Density Estimation for Positive Data Using Copulas
CORE Discussion Paper No. 2007/54
28 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2007
Date Written: July 26, 2007
In this paper we estimate density functions for positive multivariate data. We propose a semiparametric approach. The estimator combines gamma kernels or local linear kernels, also called boundary kernels, for the estimation of the marginal densities with semiparametric copulas to model the dependence. This semiparametric approach is robust both to the well known boundary bias problem and the curse of dimensionality problem. We derive the mean integrated squared error properties, including the rate of convergence, the uniform strong consistency and the asymptotic normality. A simulation study investigates the finite sample performance of the estimator. We find that univariate least squares cross validation, to choose the bandwidth for the estimation of the marginal densities, works well and that the estimator we propose performs very well also for data with unbounded support. Applications in the field of finance are provided.
Keywords: Asymptotic properties, asymmetric kernels, boundary bias, copula, curse of dimension, least squares cross validation
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