Spectral statistics of large dimensional spearman's rank correlation matrix and its application

Zhigang Bao, Liang Ching Lin, Guangming Pan, Wang Zhou

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Let Q = (Q1, . . . , Qn) be a random vector drawn from the uniform distribution on the set of all n! permutations of {1, 2, . . . , n}. Let Z = (Z1, . . . , Zn), where Zj is the mean zero variance one random variable obtained by centralizing and normalizing Qj , j = 1, . . . , n. Assume that Xi , i = 1, . . . ,p are i.i.d. copies of 1/√ p Z and X = Xp,n is the p × n random matrix with Xi as its ith row. Then Sn = XX is called the p × n Spearman's rank correlation matrix which can be regarded as a high dimensional extension of the classical nonparametric statistic Spearman's rank correlation coefficient between two independent random variables. In this paper, we establish a CLT for the linear spectral statistics of this nonparametric random matrix model in the scenario of high dimension, namely, p = p(n) and p/n→c ∈ (0,∞) as n→∞.We propose a novel evaluation scheme to estimate the core quantity in Anderson and Zeitouni's cumulant method in [Ann. Statist. 36 (2008) 2553-2576] to bypass the so-called joint cumulant summability. In addition, we raise a two-step comparison approach to obtain the explicit formulae for the mean and covariance functions in the CLT. Relying on this CLT, we then construct a distribution-free statistic to test complete independence for components of random vectors. Owing to the nonparametric property, we can use this test on generally distributed random variables including the heavy-tailed ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2588-2623
Number of pages36
JournalAnnals of Statistics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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