Bayesian nonparametric estimation of a copula
Walker, Stephen G.
arxiv: Statistics::Computation | Statistics::Theory | Statistics::Methodology | Statistics::Other Statistics | Computer Science::Databases
A copula can fully characterize the dependence of multiple variables. The purpose of this paper is to provide\ud a Bayesian nonparametric approach to the estimation of a copula, and we do this by mixing over a class\ud of parametric copulas. In particular, we show that any bivariate copula density can be arbitrarily accurately\ud approximated by an infinite mixture of Gaussian copula density functions. The model can be estimated by\ud Markov chain Monte Carlo methods and the model is demonstrated on both simulated and real data sets.