TY - JOUR
T1 - A general setting for symmetric distributions and their relationship to general distributions
AU - Jupp, P.E.
AU - Regoli, G.
AU - Azzalini, A.
PY - 2016/6
Y1 - 2016/6
N2 - A standard method of obtaining non-symmetrical distributions is that of modulating symmetrical distributions by multiplying the densities by a perturbation factor. This has been considered mainly for central symmetry of a Euclidean space in the origin. This paper enlarges the concept of modulation to the general setting of symmetry under the action of a compact topological group on the sample space. The main structural result relates the density of an arbitrary distribution to the density of the corresponding symmetrised distribution. Some general methods for constructing modulating functions are considered. The effect that transformations of the sample space have on symmetry of distributions is investigated. The results are illustrated by general examples, many of them in the setting of directional statistics.
AB - A standard method of obtaining non-symmetrical distributions is that of modulating symmetrical distributions by multiplying the densities by a perturbation factor. This has been considered mainly for central symmetry of a Euclidean space in the origin. This paper enlarges the concept of modulation to the general setting of symmetry under the action of a compact topological group on the sample space. The main structural result relates the density of an arbitrary distribution to the density of the corresponding symmetrised distribution. Some general methods for constructing modulating functions are considered. The effect that transformations of the sample space have on symmetry of distributions is investigated. The results are illustrated by general examples, many of them in the setting of directional statistics.
KW - Directional statistics
KW - Skew-symmetric distribution
KW - Symmetry-modulated distribution
KW - Transformation
U2 - 10.1016/j.jmva.2016.02.011
DO - 10.1016/j.jmva.2016.02.011
M3 - Article
VL - 148
SP - 107
EP - 119
JO - Journal of Multivariate Analysis
JF - Journal of Multivariate Analysis
SN - 0047-259X
ER -