Estimation of a covariance matrix with zeros
We consider estimation of the covariance matrix of a multivariate random vector under the constraint that certain covariances are zero. We first present an algorithm, which we call iterative conditional fitting, for computing the maximum likelihood estimate of the constrained covariance matrix, under the assumption of multivariate normality. In contrast to previous approaches, this algorithm has guaranteed convergence properties. Dropping the assumption of multivariate normality, we show how to estimate the covariance matrix in an empirical likelihood approach. These approaches are then compared via simulation and on an example of gene expression. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 94 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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