Statistics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2-2016

Publication Source

Electronic Journal of Statistics

Volume

10

Issue

1

Start Page

1

Last Page

59

DOI

10.1214/15-EJS1081

Abstract

This is an expository paper that reviews recent developments on optimal estimation of structured high-dimensional covariance and precision matrices. Minimax rates of convergence for estimating several classes of structured covariance and precision matrices, including bandable, Toeplitz, sparse, and sparse spiked covariance matrices as well as sparse precision matrices, are given under the spectral norm loss. Data-driven adaptive procedures for estimating various classes of matrices are presented. Some key technical tools including large deviation results and minimax lower bound arguments that are used in the theoretical analyses are discussed. In addition, estimation under other losses and a few related problems such as Gaussian graphical models, sparse principal component analysis, factor models, and hypothesis testing on the covariance structure are considered. Some open problems on estimating high-dimensional covariance and precision matrices and their functionals are also discussed.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The original and published work is available at: https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1455715952#abstract

Keywords

Adaptive estimation, banding, block thresholding, covariance matrix, factor model, Frobenius norm, Gaussian graphical model, hypothesis testing, minimax lower bound, operator norm, optimal rate of convergence, precision matrix, Schatten norm, spectral norm, tapering, thresholding

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.