Sparsity in High-Dimensional Extremes: Nicolas Meyer
From Belle Taylor
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Name: Nicolas Meyer
Talk Title: Multivariate sparse clustering for extremes
Abstract: Studying the tail dependence of multivariate extremes is a major challenge in extreme value analysis. Under a regular variation assumption, the dependence structure of the positive extremes is characterized by a measure, the spectral measure, defined on the positive orthant of the unit sphere. This measure gathers information on the localization of large events and has often a sparse support since such events do not simultaneously occur in all directions. However, it is defined via weak convergence which does not provide a natural way to capture this sparsity structure. In this talk, we introduce the notion of sparse regular variation which allows to better learn the tail structure of a random vector X. We use this concept in a statistical framework and provide a procedure which captures clusters of extremal coordinates of X. This approach also includes the identification of a threshold above which the values taken by X are considered as extreme. It leads to an efficient algorithm called MUSCLE. We illustrate our method on numerical experiments and on wind speed data in Ireland.
This talk is an invited talk at EVA 2021.