Copulas with Prescribed Correlation Matrix

  • Luc Devroye
  • Gérard Letac
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2137)


Consider the convex set R n of semi positive definite matrices of order n with diagonal \((1,\ldots,1).\) If μ is a distribution in \(\mathbb{R}^{n}\) with second moments, denote by R(μ) ∈ R n its correlation matrix. Denote by C n the set of distributions in [0, 1] n with all margins uniform on [0, 1] (called copulas). The paper proves that \(\mu \mapsto R(\mu )\) is a surjection from C n on R n if n ≤ 9. It also studies the Gaussian copulas μ such that R(μ) = R for a given R ∈ R n . 


Correlation Matrix Extreme Point Orthogonal Projection Symmetric Matrice Stochastic Calculus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Equipe de Statistique et ProbabilitésUniversité de ToulouseToulouseFrance

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