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Data Science Seminar
Hosted by Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2017
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Room: WH-100E
  • Speaker: Wei Yang (Binghamton University)
  • Title: Random Covariance Matrix and the Marchenko-Pastur law


Let x be a p-dimensional centered random vector, with some un- known covariance matrix Σ. Let x1 , · · · , xn be n i.i.d copies of x, we can form

S =sample mean of xi*xi's

Which is an example of a p×p random matrix. When {xi }_{i∈{n}} are realized, S is just a sample covariance matrix. If n is large, S by the Law of Large number is a good estimator for Σ. When the size n is limited, but n, p are comparable, the classical Marchenko-Pastur (MP) Law says that , the eigenvalues of S follows roughly the MP distribution. In this talk, we are going to use the Stieltjes Transformation (Resolvent) method to prove a version of the MP Law. The focus will be on the method of proof, a common technique in the theory of Random Matrices.

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