I'm trying to generate a bivariate random sample of the t-copula (using rho = 0.8), without using the "copula" package and its function "rCopula" with method "tCopula". I'm using the following R-code:

`N <- 10000 R <- array(c(1,0.8,0.8,1), dim=c(2,2)) L <- t(chol(R)) Z <- rbind(rnorm(N),rnorm(N)) X <- L%*%Z df <- 2 W <- df/rchisq(N,df) Y <- sqrt(W)*X plot(Y[1,],Y[2,]) U <- pt(Y,df) plot(U[1,],U[2,]) `

But the plot does not look like random points from a t-copula:

Does anyone know if I'm making a conceptual error or a mistake in the code?

It should look more like this: (generated using the copula package and its inbuilt functions)

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#### Best Answer

Despite their relative simplicity I've found it quite difficult to find a straightforward guide to copulas besides this short blog post. I went back through your code, fixed it up a bit and annotated *what* the steps were doing, but not *why*, as best I could if it should be of any use to others just starting out.

Update: After a bit more research I found this pdf, section 5 / pg 18 of which outlines pseudo code for a number of different copulas.

`#a tcopula using rho = 0.8 #done from first principles require(mvtnorm) numObs <- 10000 #NX2 shaped matrix initialObservations <- rmvnorm(numObs,mean=rep(0,2)) #this is a 2X2 symmetric matrix based off of rho=0.8 and is positive definite psdRhoMatrix <- matrix(c(1,0.8,0.8,1),2,2) #the transpose of the cholesky decomposition of the psdRhoMatrix #which gives us a lower triangle matrix for some particular reason lowerTriangleCholesky <- chol(psdRhoMatrix) #this lower triangle matrix (for whatever reason) is able to make #the observations in each column correlated # NX2 = NX2 %*% 2X2 correlatedObservations <- initialObservations %*% lowerTriangleCholesky degreesOfFreedom <- 2 #the meaning of this step eludes me, it's a vector of random chi-square observations. #Maybe something to do with applying the inverse CDF. randomChiSqrStep <- degreesOfFreedom/rchisq(numObs,degreesOfFreedom) #transforming the correlated variables #the random chiSquaredStep is applied to each column of the correlatedObservations #for element wise multiplication to be properly applied the data needs to be #sorted into columns rather than rows. NX2 = NX1 * NX2 penultimateTransformation <- sqrt(randomChiSqrStep) * correlatedObservations plot(penultimateTransformation[,1],penultimateTransformation[,2]) #run the fully transformed and correlated observations through the t-dist PDF and that's it tCopulaOutPut <- pt(penultimateTransformation,degreesOfFreedom) plot(tcopulaOutPut[,1],tcopulaOutPut[,2]) `

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