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A Multivariate Discrete Poisson-Lindley Distribution: Extensions and Actuarial Applications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 August 2013

José María Sarabia
Department of Economics, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
N. Balakrishnan
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaL8S 4K1


This paper proposes multivariate versions of the continuous Lindley mixture of Poisson distributions considered by Sankaran (1970). This new class of distributions can be used for modelling multivariate dependent count data when marginal overdispersion is present. After discussing some of its properties, a general multivariate model with Poisson-Lindley marginals and with a flexible covariance structure is proposed. Several specific models as well as one that allows correlations of any sign are considered, and then some estimation methods are discussed. Finally, some illustrative examples are given for fitting and demonstrating the usefulness of these bivariate distributions.

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Copyright © International Actuarial Association 2012

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