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### Condition for covariance matrix to be non-invertible

Context: I'm working on a machine learning problem where I'm using multivariate normal likelihood which requires calculating determinant and inverting the covariance matrix. I'm trying to generate ...
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### Impute Missing Correlations from Incomplete Correlation Matrix in R

I am in need of a function that will take an incomplete correlation matrix and return a complete matrix with correlations imputed for missing values. I am working on models that utilize only summary ...
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### How to get the determinant of a covariance matrix from its diagonal elements

I am trying to implement a speaker recognition system in MATLAB. I am using Gaussian Mixture Models (GMM) for speaker modelling and maximizing the posterior probabilities for classification. The ...
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### What does Determinant of Covariance Matrix give?

I am representing my 3d data in covariance matrix. I just want to know what the determinant of a covariance matrix gives. If the determinant is positive, zero, negative, high positive, high negative, ...
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### How to calculate Eigenvalue without using eign() function with R? [closed]

I understand how to calculate EIGN by hand but when I try to write code without function EIGN(), I did not have a clue. To calculate Eigenvalue is to count all the possible c in ...
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### Why do we use the determinant of the covariance matrix when using the multivariate normal?

I am not well versed in statistics. I wanted to know why we use the determinant of the covariance matrix instead of having the covariance matrix itself when writing down the multivariate normal ...
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### Why does correlation matrix need to be positive semi-definite and what does it mean to be or not to be positive semi-definite?

I have been researching the meaning of positive semi-definite property of correlation or covariance matrices. I am looking for any information on Definition of positive semi-definiteness; Its ...
I am trying to identify the maximum likelihood estimates in an SDM model (a hedonic home price model, with observations being 5,000 individual homes), $$y=\rho W y + X\beta + WX\lambda + \epsilon$$ ...