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Estimating Number of Factors by Adjusted Eigenvalues Thresholding-郑术蓉教授(东北师范大学)

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题目:Estimating Number of Factors by Adjusted Eigenvalues Thresholding

报告人:郑术蓉教授(东北师范大学)

Abstract : Determining the number of common factors is an important and practical topic in high-dimensional factor models. The existing literature is mainly based on the eigenvalues of the covariance matrix. Owing to the incomparability of the eigenvalues of the covariance matrix caused by the heterogeneous scales of the observed variables, it is not easy to find an accurate relationship between these eigenvalues and the number of common factors.

To overcome this limitation, we appeal to the correlation matrix and demonstrate, surprisingly, that the number of eigenvalues greater than $1$ of the population correlation matrix is the same as the number of common factors under certain mild conditions.  To utilize such a relationship, we study random matrix theory based on the sample correlation matrix in order to correct biases in estimating the top eigenvalues and to take into account of estimation errors in eigenvalue estimation.  Thus, we propose a tuning-free scale-invariant adjusted correlation thresholding (ACT) method for determining the number of common factors in high-dimensional factor models, taking into account the sampling variabilities and biases of top sample eigenvalues. We also establish the optimality of the proposed ACT method in terms of minimal signal strength and the optimal threshold.  Simulation studies lend further support to our proposed method and show that our estimator outperforms competing methods in most test cases.

个人简介:郑术蓉,东北师范大学数学与统计学院教授,主要从事大维随机矩阵理论及其应用的研究,曾在Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, Journal of the American Statistical Association等学术期刊上发表多篇跟大维随机矩阵有关的学术论文。

时间:2020年10月22日(周四)下午19:00-20:00

地点:线上腾讯会议(会议号:766 943 031)

联系人:周洁,胡涛

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