Estimation of bivariate excess probabilities for elliptical models

Belkacem Abdous, Anne Laure Fougères, Kilani Ghoudi, Philippe Soulier

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    Let (X, Y) be a random vector whose conditional excess probability θ(x, y) := P(Y ≤ y X > x) is of interest. Estimating this kind of probability is a delicate problem as soon as x tends to be large, since the conditioning event becomes an extreme set. Assume that (X, Y) is elliptically distributed, with a rapidly varying radial component. In this paper, three statistical procedures are proposed to estimate θ(x, y) for fixed x, y, with x large. They respectively make use of an approximation result of Abdous et al. (cf. Canad. J. Statist. 33 (2005) 317-334, Theorem 1), a new second order refinement of Abdous et al.'s Theorem 1, and a non-approximating method. The estimation of the conditional quantile function θ(x, ·)← for large fixed x is also addressed and these methods are compared via simulations. An illustration in the financial context is also given.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1065-1088
    Number of pages24
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


    • Asymptotic independence
    • Conditional excess probability
    • Elliptic law
    • Financial contagion
    • Rapidly varying tails

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistics and Probability


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