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The maximum likelihood estimations for a type of left ellipsoidal distribution
© Wang and Zhang; licensee Springer. 2013
- Received: 22 March 2013
- Accepted: 15 October 2013
- Published: 8 November 2013
In this paper, we prove that if the distribution of an random matrix Y is a left ellipsoidal distribution with parameter , , and are independent and identical distributions, the maximum likelihood estimations of μ, Σ are , if and only if . If are not independent and identical distributions, then Y may be not a normal distribution.
- left ellipsoidal distribution
- normal distribution
- maximum likelihood estimation
where k is an arbitrary integer and k is a constant (see ).
When , it is an ellipsoidal surface. The spectral decomposition of Σ is , where Γ is an orthogonal matrix, , .
the elongated vector of Y, which is denoted by , is normal distribution. For the sake of consistency of symbols, we denote the normal distribution by .
Classical statistical analysis is built on the basis of normal distribution. However, it is still an important problem whether these graceful properties can also be satisfied without the condition that it is a normal distribution.
Since the left ellipsoidal distribution family has much more members than the normal distribution family (in fact, it almost includes all common distributions), a large amount of scholars’ fruitful research shows: on the one hand, the left ellipsoidal distribution as a multivariate normal distribution promotion is ideal; on the other hand, based on the research of the left ellipsoidal distribution, we can get many statistics used as solid properties of hypothesis test (see ). It is a trivial idea to extend the properties of the normal distribution family to the left ellipsoidal distribution family. Nevertheless, that is not always true. In this article, we prove that the maximum likelihood property of normal distribution cannot be extended to the left ellipsoidal distribution.
are the maximum likelihood estimations of μ, Σ, respectively, if m is big enough and is positive definite. When , is positive definite with probability 1 if (see ). Additionally, the rank of does not decrease with the increasing of the columns in Y so that is positive definite when . Now we discuss them in the case of . When one focuses on the maximum likelihood estimation, the likelihood equations need to be deduced by the matrix differential method. Therefore, we add a trivial condition that the distribution density of is differentiable (see [5–8]).
We draw the following conclusions.
Theorem 1.1 Let be independent identically distributed, and . The maximum likelihood estimation of μ, Σ is , if and only if .
Note that for the proof of Theorem 1.1 one can refer to .
When the variables of are not independent, we have the solution as follows.
if and only if , where , we note it in the proof below.
then Y may be not a normal distribution.
where Γ is a random orthogonal matrix with order n. As a result, .
Now the above proposition can be transformed to a research of the form of the left stochastic ellipsoid distribution with a degraded mean.
where , . Therefore, utilizing the single mean degraded left stochastic ellipsoid to express Theorem 1.1, we can obtain Theorem 1.2.
Based on the above discussion, we get the question: If the condition of mutually identically independent distribution is discarded, can one obtain the same solution with Theorem 1.1 from ? In other words, can the proposition be proved or not?
Here, if and only if .
The proposition is proved not to be true through the above discussion, and we can give the paradoxical instance. Now, we firstly deduce the necessary and sufficient conditions that the maximum likelihood estimation of the parameters μ, Σ in the left stochastic ellipsoid is , .
where C is a random matrix.
Consequently, we have the conclusion as follows.
Since if and only if , Y may not be a normal random matrix in general.
For instance, let , , , and .
Since and , and so that the maximum likelihood estimations of μ, Σ are , , then the distribution of Y is not a normal distribution.
In this paper, we proved that if the distribution of an random matrix Y is a left ellipsoidal distribution with parameter , , and are independent and identical distributions, and , then the maximum likelihood estimations of μ, Σ are , . If are not independent and identical distributions, then the maximum likelihood estimations of μ, Σ are , . We used the matrix differential method to deduce that only and only if , which needs to satisfy two conditions.
This work is supported by the Foundation and Frontier Technology Research Project of Henan Province of China (102300410264) and the Education Department Fundamental Research Project of Henan Province of China (2010A110010). The authors would like to thank the anonymous referees for several useful interesting comments and suggestions about the paper.
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