Regularized estimation of covariance structure through quadratic loss function

Defei Zhang, Xiangzhao Cui, Chun Li , Jine Zhao , Li Zeng , Jianxin Pan

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Estimation of high dimensional covariance structure is an interesting topic in statistics. Motivated by the work of Lin, Higham and Pan (2013), in this paper the quadratic loss function is proposed to measure the discrepancy between a real covariance matrix and its candidate covariance matrix, where the latter has a regular structure. A commonly encountered candidate structures including MA(1), compound symmetry, AR(1) and banded Toeplitz matrix are considered. Regularization is made by selecting the optimal structure from a potential class of candidate covariance structures through minimizing the discrepancy, i.e., the quadratic loss function, between the given matrix and the candidate covariance class. Analytical or numerical solutions to the optimization problems are obtained and simulation studies are also conducted, showing that the proposed approach provides a reliable method to regularize covariance structures. It is applied to analyze real data problems for illustration of the use of the proposed method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultivariate, Multilinear and Mixed Linear Models
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-75493-8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2021


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