Copulas for statistical signal processing (part II): simulation, optimal selection and practical applications

Xuexing Zeng, Jinchang Ren, Meijun Sun, Stephen Marshall, Tariq Durrani

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This paper presents algorithms for generating random variables for exponential/Rayleigh/Weibull, Nakagami-m and Rician copulas with any desired copula parameter(s), using the direct conditional cumulative distribution function method and the complex Gaussian distribution method. Moreover, a novel method for optimal copula selection is also proposed, based on the criterion that for a given series of copulas, the optimal copula will have its copula density based mutual information closest to the corresponding bivariate distribution based mutual information. The corresponding bivariate distribution is the bivariate distribution that is used to derive this copula. Akaike information criterion (AIC) and Bayes’ information criterion (BIC) are compared with the proposed mutual information based criterion for optimal copula selection. In addition, several case studies are also presented to further validate the effectiveness of the copulas, which include dual branch selection combining diversity using Nakagami-m, exponential/Rayleigh/Weibull and Rician copulas with different marginal distributions as in real applications
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-690
Number of pages10
JournalSignal Processing
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • copulas
  • statistical signal processing
  • copula random variables generation
  • optimal copula selection

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