Correlation Analysis

  • Nigel Da Costa Lewis
Part of the Finance and Capital Markets Series book series (FCMS)

Abstract

To this point, we have dealt almost exclusively with problems of estimation and statistical inference about a parameter of a probability distribution or characteristic of a sample. Another important element of applied statistical modeling of energy risks concerns the relationship between two or more price or other variables. Generally, a risk manager will be interested in whether above (below) average values of one variable tend to be associated with above (below) average values of the other variable. Take for example, a risk manger working for a petroleum refinery, who for hedging purposes, is interested in knowing the relationship between the spot price of Brent Crude and the future price of diesel fuel. If the risk manager simply assumes crude oil and diesel fuel prices always move in tandem, the company will be exposed to the price risk if this relationship breaks down. If on the other hand, the closeness of the two indices is defined in terms of a correlation coefficient, then the manager at least has some rudimentary way of assessing whether or not the relationship exists and its strength.

Keywords

Europe Covariance Diesel Gasoline Autocorrelation 

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