Generalised hyperbolic distribution

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generalised hyperbolic
Parameters \lambda (real)
\alpha (real)
\beta asymmetry parameter (real)
\delta scale parameter (real)
\mu location (real)
\gamma = \sqrt{\alpha^2 - \beta^2}
Support x \in (-\infty; +\infty)\!
pdf \frac{(\gamma/\delta)^\lambda}{\sqrt{2\pi}K_\lambda(\delta \gamma)} \; e^{\beta (x - \mu)} \!
\times \frac{K_{\lambda - 1/2}\left(\alpha \sqrt{\delta^2 + (x - \mu)^2}\right)}{\left(\sqrt{\delta^2 + (x - \mu)^2} / \alpha\right)^{1/2 - \lambda}} \!
Mean \mu + \frac{\delta \beta K_{\lambda+1}(\delta \gamma)}{\gamma K_\lambda(\delta\gamma)}
Variance \frac{\delta K_{\lambda+1}(\delta \gamma)}{\gamma K_\lambda(\delta\gamma)} + \frac{\beta^2\delta^2}{\gamma^2}\left( \frac{K_{\lambda+2}(\delta\gamma)}{K_{\lambda}(\delta\gamma)} -
  \frac{K_{\lambda+1}^2(\delta\gamma)}{K_{\lambda}^2(\delta\gamma)} \right)
MGF \frac{e^{\mu z}\gamma^\lambda}{(\sqrt{\alpha^2 -(\beta +z)^2})^\lambda} \frac{K_\lambda(\delta \sqrt{\alpha^2 -(\beta +z)^2})}{K_\lambda (\delta \gamma)}

The generalised hyperbolic distribution (GH) is a continuous probability distribution defined as the normal variance-mean mixture where the mixing distribution is the generalized inverse Gaussian distribution. Its probability density function (see the box) is given in terms of modified Bessel function of the second kind, denoted by K_\lambda.[1]

As the name suggests it is of a very general form, being the superclass of, among others, the Student's t-distribution, the Laplace distribution, the hyperbolic distribution, the normal-inverse Gaussian distribution and the variance-gamma distribution.

It is mainly applied to areas that require sufficient probability of far-field behaviour, which it can model due to its semi-heavy tails—a property the normal distribution does not possess. The generalised hyperbolic distribution is often used in economics, with particular application in the fields of modelling financial markets and risk management, due to its semi-heavy tails. This class is closed under linear operations. It was introduced by Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, which studied the physics of wind-blown sand.[2]

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  1. ^ Ole E Barndorff-Nielsen, Thomas Mikosch and Sidney I. Resnick, Lévy Processes: Theory and Applications, Birkhäuser 2013
  2. ^ Barndorff-Nielsen, Ole (1977). "Exponentially decreasing distributions for the logarithm of particle size". Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (The Royal Society) 353 (1674): 401–409. doi:10.1098/rspa.1977.0041. JSTOR 79167.