## Archive for the ‘**CCAR**’ Category

## Using Tweedie Parameter to Identify Distributions

In the development of operational loss models, it is important to identify which distribution should be used to model operational risk measures, e.g. frequency and severity. For instance, why should we use the Gamma distribution instead of the Inverse Gaussian distribution to model the severity?

In my previous post https://statcompute.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/modified-park-test-in-sas, it is shown how to use the Modified Park test to identify the mean-variance relationship and then decide the corresponding distribution of operational risk measures. Following the similar logic, we can also leverage the flexibility of the Tweedie distribution to accomplish the same goal. Based upon the parameterization of a Tweedie distribution, the variance = Phi * (Mu ** P), where Mu is the mean and P is the power parameter. Depending on the specific value of P, the Tweedie distribution can accommodate several important distributions commonly used in the operational risk modeling, including Poisson, Gamma, Inverse Gaussian. For instance,

- With P = 0, the variance would be independent of the mean, indicating a Normal distribution.
- With P = 1, the variance would be in a linear form of the mean, indicating a Poisson-like distribution
- With P = 2, the variance would be in a quadratic form of the mean, indicating a Gamma distribution.
- With P = 3, the variance would be in a cubic form of the mean, indicating an Inverse Gaussian distribution.

In the example below, it is shown that the value of P is in the neighborhood of 1 for the frequency measure and is near 3 for the severity measure and that, given P closer to 3, the Inverse Gaussian regression would fit the severity better than the Gamma regression.

library(statmod) library(tweedie) profile1 <- tweedie.profile(Claim_Count ~ Age + Vehicle_Use, data = AutoCollision, p.vec = seq(1.1, 3.0, 0.1), fit.glm = TRUE) print(profile1$p.max) # [1] 1.216327 # The P parameter close to 1 indicates that the claim_count might follow a Poisson-like distribution profile2 <- tweedie.profile(Severity ~ Age + Vehicle_Use, data = AutoCollision, p.vec = seq(1.1, 3.0, 0.1), fit.glm = TRUE) print(profile2$p.max) # [1] 2.844898 # The P parameter close to 3 indicates that the severity might follow an Inverse Gaussian distribution BIC(glm(Severity ~ Age + Vehicle_Use, data = AutoCollision, family = Gamma(link = log))) # [1] 360.8064 BIC(glm(Severity ~ Age + Vehicle_Use, data = AutoCollision, family = inverse.gaussian(link = log))) # [1] 350.2504

Together with the Modified Park test, the estimation of P in a Tweedie distribution is able to help us identify the correct distribution employed in operational loss models in the context of GLM.

## Double Poisson Regression in SAS

In the previous post (https://statcompute.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/more-about-flexible-frequency-models), I’ve shown how to estimate the double Poisson (DP) regression in R with the gamlss package. The hurdle of estimating DP regression is the calculation of a normalizing constant in the DP density function, which can be calculated either by the sum of an infinite series or by a closed form approximation. In the example below, I will show how to estimate DP regression in SAS with the GLIMMIX procedure.

First of all, I will show how to estimate DP regression by using the exact DP density function. In this case, we will approximate the normalizing constant by computing a partial sum of the infinite series, as highlighted below.

data poi; do n = 1 to 5000; x1 = ranuni(1); x2 = ranuni(2); x3 = ranuni(3); y = ranpoi(4, exp(1 * x1 - 2 * x2 + 3 * x3)); output; end; run; proc glimmix data = poi; nloptions tech = quanew update = bfgs maxiter = 1000; model y = x1 x2 x3 / link = log solution; theta = exp(_phi_); _variance_ = _mu_ / theta; p_u = (exp(-_mu_) * (_mu_ ** y) / fact(y)) ** theta; p_y = (exp(-y) * (y ** y) / fact(y)) ** (1 - theta); f = (theta ** 0.5) * ((exp(-_mu_)) ** theta); do i = 1 to 100; f = f + (theta ** 0.5) * ((exp(-i) * (i ** i) / fact(i)) ** (1 - theta)) * ((exp(-_mu_) * (_mu_ ** i) / fact(i)) ** theta); end; k = 1 / f; prob = k * (theta ** 0.5) * p_y * p_u; if log(prob) ~= . then _logl_ = log(prob); run;

Next, I will show the same estimation routine by using the closed form approximation.

proc glimmix data = poi; nloptions tech = quanew update = bfgs maxiter = 1000; model y = x1 x2 x3 / link = log solution; theta = exp(_phi_); _variance_ = _mu_ / theta; p_u = (exp(-_mu_) * (_mu_ ** y) / fact(y)) ** theta; p_y = (exp(-y) * (y ** y) / fact(y)) ** (1 - theta); k = 1 / (1 + (1 - theta) / (12 * theta * _mu_) * (1 + 1 / (theta * _mu_))); prob = k * (theta ** 0.5) * p_y * p_u; if log(prob) ~= . then _logl_ = log(prob); run;

While the first approach is more accurate by closely following the DP density function, the second approach is more efficient with a significantly lower computing cost. However, both are much faster than the corresponding R function gamlss().

## SAS Macro Calculating Goodness-of-Fit Statistics for Quantile Regression

As shown by Fu and Wu in their presentation (https://www.casact.org/education/rpm/2010/handouts/CL1-Fu.pdf), the quantile regression is an appealing approach to model severity measures with high volatilities due to its statistical characteristics, including the robustness to extreme values and no distributional assumptions. Curti and Migueis also pointed out in a research paper (https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/feds/2016/files/2016002r1pap.pdf) that the operational loss is more sensitive to macro-economic drivers at the tail, making the quantile regression an ideal model to capture such relationships.

While the quantile regression can be conveniently estimated in SAS with the QUANTREG procedure, the standard SAS output doesn’t provide goodness-of-fit (GoF) statistics. More importantly, it is noted that the underlying rationale of calculating GoF in a quantile regression is very different from the ones employed in OLS or GLM regressions. For instance, the most popular R-square is not applicable in the quantile regression anymore. Instead, a statistic called “R1” should be used. In addition, AIC and BIC are also defined differently in the quantile regression.

Below is a SAS macro showing how to calculate GoF statistics, including R1 and various information criterion, for a quantile regression.

%macro quant_gof(data = , y = , x = , tau = 0.5); ***********************************************************; * THE MACRO CALCULATES GOODNESS-OF-FIT STATISTICS FOR *; * QUANTILE REGRESSION *; * ------------------------------------------------------- *; * REFERENCE: *; * GOODNESS OF FIT AND RELATED INFERENCE PROCESSES FOR *; * QUANTILE REGRESSION, KOENKER AND MACHADO, 1999 *; ***********************************************************; options nodate nocenter; title; * UNRESTRICTED QUANTILE REGRESSION *; ods select ParameterEstimates ObjFunction; ods output ParameterEstimates = _est; proc quantreg data = &data ci = resampling(nrep = 500); model &y = &x / quantile = &tau nosummary nodiag seed = 1; output out = _full p = _p; run; * RESTRICTED QUANTILE REGRESSION *; ods select none; proc quantreg data = &data ci = none; model &y = / quantile = &tau nosummary nodiag; output out = _null p = _p; run; ods select all; proc sql noprint; select sum(df) into :p from _est; quit; proc iml; use _full; read all var {&y _p} into A; close _full; use _null; read all var {&y _p} into B; close _null; * DEFINE A FUNCTION CALCULATING THE SUM OF ABSOLUTE DEVIATIONS *; start loss(x); r = x[, 1] - x[, 2]; z = j(nrow(r), 1, 0); l = sum(&tau * (r <> z) + (1 - &tau) * (-r <> z)); return(l); finish; r1 = 1 - loss(A) / loss(B); adj_r1 = 1 - ((nrow(A) - 1) * loss(A)) / ((nrow(A) - &p) * loss(B)); aic = 2 * nrow(A) * log(loss(A) / nrow(A)) + 2 * &p; aicc = 2 * nrow(A) * log(loss(A) / nrow(A)) + 2 * &p * nrow(A) / (nrow(A) - &p - 1); bic = 2 * nrow(A) * log(loss(A) / nrow(A)) + &p * log(nrow(A)); l = {"R1" "ADJUSTED R1" "AIC" "AICC" "BIC"}; v = r1 // adj_r1 // aic // aicc // bic; print v[rowname = l format = 20.8 label = "Fit Statistics"]; quit; %mend quant_gof;

## Modeling Generalized Poisson Regression in SAS

The Generalized Poisson (GP) regression is a very flexible statistical model for count outcomes in that it can accommodate both over-dispersion and under-dispersion, which makes it a very practical modeling approach in real-world problems and is considered a serious contender for the Quasi-Poisson regression.

Prob(Y) = Alpha / Y! * (Alpha + Xi * Y) ^ (Y – 1) * EXP(-Alpha – Xi * Y)

E(Y) = Mu = Alpha / (1 – Xi)

Var(Y) = Mu / (1 – Xi) ^ 2

While the GP regression can be conveniently estimated with HMM procedure in SAS, I’d always like to dive a little deeper into its model specification and likelihood function to have a better understanding. For instance, there is a slight difference in GP model outcomes between HMM procedure in SAS and VGAM package in R. After looking into the detail, I then realized that the difference is solely due to the different parameterization.

Basically, there are three steps for estimating a GP regression with NLMIXED procedure. Due to the complexity of GP likelihood function and its convergence process, it is always a good practice to estimate a baseline Standard Poisson regression as a starting point and then to output its parameter estimates into a table, e.g. _EST as shown below.

ods output ParameterEstimates = _est; proc genmod data = mylib.credit_count; model majordrg = age acadmos minordrg ownrent / dist = poisson link = log; run;

After acquiring parameter estimates from a Standard Poisson regression, we can use them to construct initiate values of parameter estimates for the Generalized Poisson regression. In the code snippet below, we used SQL procedure to create 2 macro variables that we are going to use in the final model estimation of GP regression.

proc sql noprint; select "_"||compress(upcase(parameter), ' ')||" = "||compress(put(estimate, 10.2), ' ') into :_parm separated by ' ' from _est; select case when upcase(parameter) = 'INTERCEPT' then "_"||compress(upcase(parameter), ' ') else "_"||compress(upcase(parameter), ' ')||" * "||compress(upcase(parameter), ' ') end into :_xb separated by ' + ' from _est where upcase(parameter) ~= 'SCALE'; quit; /* %put &_parm; _INTERCEPT = -1.38 _AGE = 0.01 _ACADMOS = 0.00 _MINORDRG = 0.46 _OWNRENT = -0.20 _SCALE = 1.00 %put &_xb; _INTERCEPT + _AGE * AGE + _ACADMOS * ACADMOS + _MINORDRG * MINORDRG + _OWNRENT * OWNRENT */

In the last step, we used the NLMIXED procedure to estimate the GP regression by specifying its log likelihood function that would generate identical model results as with HMM procedure. It is worth mentioning that the expected mean _mu = exp(x * beta) in SAS and the term exp(x * beta) refers to the _alpha parameter in R. Therefore, the intercept would be different between SAS and R, primarily due to different ways of parameterization with the identical statistical logic.

proc nlmixed data = mylib.credit_count; parms &_parm.; _xb = &_xb.; _xi = 1 - exp(-_scale); _mu = exp(_xb); _alpha = _mu * (1 - _xi); _prob = _alpha / fact(majordrg) * (_alpha + _xi * majordrg) ** (majordrg - 1) * exp(- _alpha - _xi * majordrg); ll = log(_prob); model majordrg ~ general(ll); run;

In addition to HMM and NLMIXED procedures, GLIMMIX can also be employed to estimate the GP regression, as shown below. In this case, we need to specify both the log likelihood function and the variance function in terms of the expected mean.

proc glimmix data = mylib.credit_count; model majordrg = age acadmos minordrg ownrent / link = log solution; _xi = 1 - 1 / exp(_phi_); _variance_ = _mu_ / (1 - _xi) ** 2; _alpha = _mu_ * (1 - _xi); _prob = _alpha / fact(majordrg) * (_alpha + _xi * majordrg) ** (majordrg - 1) * exp(- _alpha - _xi * majordrg); _logl_ = log(_prob); run;

## Estimate Regression with (Type-I) Pareto Response

The Type-I Pareto distribution has a probability function shown as below

f(y; a, k) = k * (a ^ k) / (y ^ (k + 1))

In the formulation, the scale parameter **0 < a < y** and the shape parameter **k > 1 **.

The positive lower bound of Type-I Pareto distribution is particularly appealing in modeling the severity measure in that there is usually a reporting threshold for operational loss events. For instance, the reporting threshold of ABA operational risk consortium data is $10,000 and any loss event below the threshold value would be not reported, which might add the complexity in the severity model estimation.

In practice, instead of modeling the severity measure directly, we might model the shifted response ** y` = severity – threshold ** to accommodate the threshold value such that the supporting domain of y` could start from 0 and that the Gamma, Inverse Gaussian, or Lognormal regression can still be applicable. However, under the distributional assumption of Type-I Pareto with a known lower end, we do not need to shift the severity measure anymore but model it directly based on the probability function.

Below is the R code snippet showing how to estimate a regression model for the Pareto response with the lower bound ** a = 2 ** by using the **VGAM** package.

library(VGAM) set.seed(2017) n <- 200 a <- 2 x <- runif(n) k <- exp(1 + 5 * x) pdata <- data.frame(y = rpareto(n = n, scale = a, shape = k), x = x) fit <- vglm(y ~ x, paretoff(scale = a), data = pdata, trace = TRUE) summary(fit) # Coefficients: # Estimate Std. Error z value Pr(>|z|) # (Intercept) 1.0322 0.1363 7.574 3.61e-14 *** # x 4.9815 0.2463 20.229 < 2e-16 *** AIC(fit) # -644.458 BIC(fit) # -637.8614

The SAS code below estimating the Type-I Pareto regression provides almost identical model estimation.

proc nlmixed data = pdata; parms b0 = 0.1 b1 = 0.1; k = exp(b0 + b1 * x); a = 2; lh = k * (a ** k) / (y ** (k + 1)); ll = log(lh); model y ~ general(ll); run; /* Fit Statistics -2 Log Likelihood -648.5 AIC (smaller is better) -644.5 AICC (smaller is better) -644.4 BIC (smaller is better) -637.9 Parameter Estimate Standard DF t Value Pr > |t| Error b0 1.0322 0.1385 200 7.45 <.0001 b1 4.9815 0.2518 200 19.78 <.0001 */

At last, it is worth pointing out that the conditional mean of Type-I Pareto response is not equal to ** exp(x * beta) ** but ** a * k / (k – 1) ** with ** k = exp(x * beta) **. Therefore, the conditional mean only exists when ** k > 1 **, which might cause numerical issues in the model estimation.

## More about Flexible Frequency Models

Modeling the frequency is one of the most important aspects in operational risk models. In the previous post (https://statcompute.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/more-flexible-approaches-to-model-frequency), the importance of flexible modeling approaches for both under-dispersion and over-dispersion has been discussed.

In addition to the quasi-poisson regression, three flexible frequency modeling techniques, including generalized poisson, double poisson, and Conway-Maxwell poisson, with their implementations in R should also be demonstrated below. While the example is specifically related to the over-dispersed data simulated with the negative binomial distributional assumption, these approaches can be generalized to the under-dispersed data as well given their flexibility. However, as demonstrated below, the calculation of parameters for these modeling approaches is not straight-forward.

**Over-Dispersed Data Simulation**

> set.seed(1) > ### SIMULATE NEG. BINOMIAL WITH MEAN(X) = MU AND VAR(X) = MU + MU ^ 2 / THETA > df <- data.frame(y = MASS::rnegbin(1000, mu = 10, theta = 5)) > ### DATA MEAN > mean(df$y) [1] 9.77 > ### DATA VARIANCE > var(df$y) [1] 30.93003003

**Generalized Poisson Regression**

> library(VGAM) > gpois <- vglm(y ~ 1, data = df, family = genpoisson) > gpois.theta <- exp(coef(gpois)[2]) > gpois.lambda <- (exp(coef(gpois)[1]) - 1) / (exp(coef(gpois)[1]) + 1) > ### ESTIMATE MEAN = THETA / (1 - LAMBDA) > gpois.theta / (1 - gpois.lambda) (Intercept):2 9.77 > ### ESTIMATE VARIANCE = THETA / ((1 - LAMBDA) ^ 3) > gpois.theta / ((1 - gpois.lambda) ^ 3) (Intercept):2 31.45359991

**Double Poisson Regression**

> ### DOUBLE POISSON > library(gamlss) > dpois <- gamlss(y ~ 1, data = df, family = DPO, control = gamlss.control(n.cyc = 100)) > ### ESTIMATE MEAN > dpois.mu <- exp(dpois$mu.coefficients) > dpois.mu (Intercept) 9.848457877 > ### ESTIMATE VARIANCE = MU * SIGMA > dpois.sigma <- exp(dpois$sigma.coefficients) > dpois.mu * dpois.sigma (Intercept) 28.29229702

**Conway-Maxwell Poisson Regression**

> ### CONWAY-MAXWELL POISSON > library(CompGLM) > cpois <- glm.comp(y ~ 1, data = df) > cpois.lambda <- exp(cpois$beta) > cpois.nu <- exp(cpois$zeta) > ### ESTIMATE MEAN = LAMBDA ^ (1 / NU) - (NU - 1) / (2 * NU) > cpois.lambda ^ (1 / cpois.nu) - (cpois.nu - 1) / (2 * cpois.nu) (Intercept) 9.66575376 > ### ESTIMATE VARIANCE = LAMBDA ** (1 / NU) / NU > cpois.lambda ^ (1 / cpois.nu) / cpois.nu (Intercept) 29.69861239

## Modified Park Test in SAS

The severity measure in operational loss models has an empirical distribution with positive values and a long tail to the far right. To estimate regression models for severity measures with such data characteristics, we can consider several candidate distributions, such as Lognormal, Gamma, inverse Gaussian, and so on. A statistical approach is called for to choose the appropriate estimator with a correct distributional assumption. The modified Park test is designed to fill the gap.

For any GLM model, a general relationship between the variance and the mean can be described as below:

**var(y | x) = alpha * [E(y | x)] ^ lambda**

- With lambda = 0, it is suggested that the relationship between the variance and the mean is orthogonal. In this case, a Gaussian distributional assumption should be considered.
- With lambda = 1, it is suggestion that the variance is proportional to the mean. In this case, a Poisson-like distribution assumption should be considered.
- With lambda = 2, it is suggested that the variance is quadratic to the mean. In this case, a Gamma distributional assumption should be considered.
- With lambda = 3, it is suggested that the variance is cubic to the mean. In this case, an Inverse Gaussian distributional assumption should be considered.

Without the loss of generality, the aforementioned logic can be further formulated as below given E(y | x) = yhat for an arbitrary estimator. As mentioned by Manning and Mullahy (2001), a Gamma estimator can be considered a natural baseline estimator.

**var(y | x) = alpha * [E(y | x)] ^ lambda**

** –> (y – yhat) ^ 2 = alpha * [yhat] ^ lambda**

** –> log(y – yhat) ^ 2 = log(alpha) + lambda * log(yhat)**

With the above formulation, there are two ways to construct the statistical test for lambda, which is the so-called “modified Park test”.

In the OLS regression setting, the log of squared residuals from the baseline estimator can be regression on a constant and the log of predicted values from the baseline estimator, e.g. a Gamma regression.

proc reg data = data; model ln_r2 = ln_yhat; park_test: test ln_yhat = 2; run;

In the demonstrated example, we want to test the null hypothesis if the coefficient of ln_yhat is statistically different from 2, which suggests a Gamma distributional assumption.

Alternatively, in the GLM setting, the squared residuals from the baseline estimator can be regressed on a constant and the log of predicted values from the baseline estimator. In this specific GLM, the Gamma distribution and the log() link function should be employed.

proc nlmixed data = data; parms b0 = 1 b2 = 2 scale = 10; mu = exp(b0 + b1 * x); b = mu / scale; model r2 ~ gamma(scale, b); contrast 'park test' b1 - 2; run;

Similarly, if the null hypothesis that the coefficient of ln_yhat minus 2 is not statistically different from 0 cannot be rejected, then the Gamma distributional assumption is valid based on the modified Park test.