Asymptotic total variation tests for copulas, Marten Wegkamp, 5-27-15

Asymptotic total variation tests for copulas

Jean-David Fermanian, Dragan Radulović, and Marten Wegkamp

Received: November 2012

Revised: April 2014

First available in Project Euclid: 27 May 2015


We propose a new platform of goodness-of-fit tests for copulas, based on empirical copula processes and nonparametric bootstrap counterparts. The standard Kolmogorov–Smirnov type test for copulas that takes the supremum of the empirical copula process indexed by orthants is extended by test statistics based on the empirical copula process indexed by families of Ln disjoint boxes, with Ln slowly tending to infinity. Although the underlying empirical process does not converge, the critical values of our new test statistics can be consistently estimated by nonparametric bootstrap techniques, under simple or composite null assumptions. We implemented a particular example of these tests and our simulations confirm that the power of the new procedure is oftentimes higher than the power of the standard Kolmogorov–Smirnov or the Cramér–von Mises tests for copulas.

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Fermanian, Jean-David; Radulović, Dragan; Wegkamp, Marten. Asymptotic total variation tests for copulas. Bernoulli 21 (2015), no. 3, 1911--1945. doi:10.3150/14-BEJ632.