We consider high-dimensional multivariate linear regression models, where the joint distribution of covariates and response variables is a multivariate normal distribution with a bandable covariance matrix. The main goal of this paper is to estimate the regression coefficient matrix, which is a function of the bandable covariance matrix. Although the tapering estimator of covariance has the minimax optimal convergence rate for the class of bandable covariances, we show that it is sub-optimal for the regression coefficient; that is, a minimax estimator for the class of bandable covariances may not be a minimax estimator for its functionals. We propose the blockwise tapering estimator of the regression coefficient, which has the minimax optimal convergence rate for the regression coefficient under the bandable covariance assumption. We also propose a Bayesian procedure called the blockwise tapering post-processed posterior of the regression coefficient and show that the proposed Bayesian procedure has the minimax optimal convergence rate for the regression coefficient under the bandable covariance assumption. We show that the proposed methods outperform the existing methods via numerical studies.
"Estimation of conditional mean operator under the bandable covariance structure." Electron. J. Statist. 16 (1) 1253 - 1302, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1214/22-EJS1981