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Sparse Matrix Graphical Models

  • Chenlei Leng
  • Cheng Yong Tang
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    Matrix-variate observations are frequently encountered in many contemporary statistical problems due to a rising need to organize and analyze data with structured information. In this article, we propose a novel sparse matrix graphical model for these types of statistical problems. By penalizing, respectively, two precision matrices corresponding to the rows and columns, our method yields a sparse matrix graphical model that synthetically characterizes the underlying conditional independence structure. Our model is more parsimonious and is practically more interpretable than the conventional sparse vector-variate graphical models. Asymptotic analysis shows that our penalized likelihood estimates enjoy better convergent rates than that of the vector-variate graphical model. The finite sample performance of the proposed method is illustrated via extensive simulation studies and several real datasets analysis.

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    Volume (Year): 107 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 499 (September)
    Pages: 1187-1200

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jnlasa:v:107:y:2012:i:499:p:1187-1200
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