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Generate random variables with predefined correlation structure AND fixing some values

I need to generate 4 random variables that show a predefined correlation structure Sigma AND where certain values of Vars 1-4 are fixed. As an illustrative example, consider the variables: ...
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Direct parametrization of Cholesky decomposition of spatial covariance matrix

In spatial data analysis, a simple way to model the covariance stucture between spatial observations is via a covariance function like $cov(y_i,y_j) = C e^{-rD_{ij}}$, based on some (euclidean) ...
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Are VAR and VEC models theoretically neutral?

I have recently been introduced to Vector Autoregression (VAR) and Vector Error Correction (VEC) models in an Econometrics class, where both approaches were presented as a neutral way to test economic ...
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Decomposition of a random vector into uncorrelated components

I have a set of random vectors $Y_i$ and their correlation matrix $C_{i,j}$. Each vector can be thought of as a sum of two uncorrelated vectors $Y_i=A_iX+B_iY$, where $X,Y$ are the same vectors for ...
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Why use upper triangular Cholesky?

Software packages seem to prefer to work with the upper triangular part of the Cholesky factorization, see for example cholupdate. Why is this? It seems that it is ...
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R: difference between Generalized Least Square and the Standard Least Squares with Cholesky

According to Wikipedia (source of all truth and knowledge...), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalized_least_squares#Properties a weighted least square regression is equivalent to a standard least ...
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Trying to use Cholesky decomposition of covariance matrix to sample error ellipsoid

I'm trying to construct an error ellipsoid from a covariance matrix (which exists for a 3D point) and then sample consistent xyz points in this region. In a previous question when I asked about this (...
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Can I use the Cholesky-method for generating correlated random variables with given mean?

I want to generate correlated random variables with a given correlation matrix, means, and variances. Does the Cholesky decomposition only work when the initial random variables are iids with the same ...
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Confused about Cholesky and eigen decomposition

I'm looking to generate correlated random variables. I have a symmetric, positive definite matrix. So I know that you can use the Cholesky decomposition, however I keep being told that this only works ...
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How do you translate a density from Cholesky factor to density of the matrix?

Suppose $L$ is a random $p\times p$ lower triangular matrix, with known density, $f(L)$. To compute the density of $C=L L^{\top}$, one needs to use the change of density formula. This is a little bit ...
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Generate normally distributed random numbers with non positive-definite covariance matrix

I estimated the sample covariance matrix $C$ of a sample and get a symmetric matrix. With $C$, I would like to create $n$-variate normal distributed r.n. but therefore I need the Cholesky ...
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Cholesky versus eigendecomposition for drawing samples from a multivariate normal distribution

I would like to draw a sample $\mathbf{x} \sim N\left(\mathbf{0}, \mathbf{\Sigma} \right)$. Wikipedia suggests either using a Cholesky or Eigendecomposition, i.e. $ \mathbf{\Sigma} = \mathbf{D}_1\...