Statistical estimation of composite risk functionals and risk optimization problems

  • Darinka Dentcheva
  • Spiridon PenevEmail author
  • Andrzej Ruszczyński


We address the statistical estimation of composite functionals which may be nonlinear in the probability measure. Our study is motivated by the need to estimate coherent measures of risk, which become increasingly popular in finance, insurance, and other areas associated with optimization under uncertainty and risk. We establish central limit theorems for composite risk functionals. Furthermore, we discuss the asymptotic behavior of optimization problems whose objectives are composite risk functionals and we establish a central limit formula of their optimal values when an estimator of the risk functional is used. While the mathematical structures accommodate commonly used coherent measures of risk, they have more general character, which may be of independent interest.


Risk measures Composite functionals Central limit theorem 



The first author was partially supported by the NSF Grant DMS-1311978. The second author was partially supported by a research Grant PS27205 of The University of New South Wales and by Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project funding scheme (Project DP160103489). The third author was partially supported by the NSF Grant DMS-1312016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darinka Dentcheva
    • 1
  • Spiridon Penev
    • 2
    Email author
  • Andrzej Ruszczyński
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesStevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Statistics, School of Mathematics and StatisticsThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Management Science and Information SystemsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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