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Estimation of means in graphical Gaussian models with symmetries

Helene Gehrmann and Steffen L. Lauritzen

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We study the problem of estimability of means in undirected graphical Gaussian models with symmetry restrictions represented by a colored graph. Following on from previous studies, we partition the variables into sets of vertices whose corresponding means are restricted to being identical. We find a necessary and sufficient condition on the partition to ensure equality between the maximum likelihood and least-squares estimators of the mean.

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Ann. Statist. Volume 40, Number 2 (2012), 1061-1073.

First available in Project Euclid: 18 July 2012

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Primary: 62H12: Estimation
Secondary: 62F99: None of the above, but in this section

Conditional independence invariance maximum likelihood estimation patterned mean vector symmetry


Gehrmann, Helene; Lauritzen, Steffen L. Estimation of means in graphical Gaussian models with symmetries. Ann. Statist. 40 (2012), no. 2, 1061--1073. doi:10.1214/12-AOS991.

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