- October 2017
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- In this article, we focus on the estimation of a high-dimensional inverse covariance (i.e., precision) matrix. We propose a simple improvement of the graphical Lasso (glasso) framework that is able to attain better statistical performance without increasing significantly the computational cost. The proposed improvement is based on computing a root of the sample covariance matrix to reduce the spread of the associated eigen values. Through extensive numerical results, using both simulated and real datasets, we show that the proposed modification improves the glasso procedure. Our results reveal that the square-root improvement can be a reasonable choice in practice. Supplementary material for this article is available online.
- gaussian graphical model; gene expression; high-dimensionality; penalized estimation; portfolio selection