Accession Number:

ADA023490

Title:

The Bias in the Roots of Sample Covariance Matrices.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

WYOMING UNIV LARAMIE STATISTICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Many statistical techniques involve the use of the roots of sample covariance matrices, and in general, the roots of Wishart matrices. Any bias in these roots should be taken into account when these methods are employed. It is demonstrated analytically that for certain cases, the roots are biased and the exact bias is computed for some situations. A Monte Carlo simulation is performed for more general cases and the bias is again apparent. The effects of the bias in the study of principal components and in the estimation of the inverse of Wishart matrices are discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE