Term of Award

Fall 2012

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Committee Chair

Patricia Humphrey

Committee Member 1

Martha Abell

Committee Member 2

Jonathan Duggins

Committee Member 3

Jonathan Duggins


In this thesis we explore the problem of detecting change-points in cross-asset correlations using a non-parametric approach. We began by comparing and contrasting several common methods for change-point detection as well as methods for measuring correlation. We finally settle on a statistic introduced in early 2012 by Herold Dehling et.al. and test this statistic against real world financial data. We provide the estimated change-point for this data as well as the asymptotic p-value associated with this statistic. Once this process was complete we went on to use simulated data to measure the accuracy, power, and type 1 error associated with this new statistic. Finally, we were able to draw conclusions on the functionality and usefulness of this statistic.

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