@article{1089,
abstract = {We discuss properties of distributions that are multivariate totally positive of order two (MTP2) related to conditional independence. In particular, we show that any independence model generated by an MTP2 distribution is a compositional semigraphoid which is upward-stable and singleton-transitive. In addition, we prove that any MTP2 distribution satisfying an appropriate support condition is faithful to its concentration graph. Finally, we analyze factorization properties of MTP2 distributions and discuss ways of constructing MTP2 distributions; in particular we give conditions on the log-linear parameters of a discrete distribution which ensure MTP2 and characterize conditional Gaussian distributions which satisfy MTP2.},
author = {Fallat, Shaun and Lauritzen, Steffen and Sadeghi, Kayvan and Uhler, Caroline and Wermuth, Nanny and Zwiernik, Piotr},
issn = {00905364},
journal = {Annals of Statistics},
number = {3},
pages = {1152 -- 1184},
publisher = {Institute of Mathematical Statistics},
title = {{Total positivity in Markov structures}},
doi = {10.1214/16-AOS1478},
volume = {45},
year = {2017},
}
@article{698,
abstract = {Extracellular matrix signals from the microenvironment regulate gene expression patterns and cell behavior. Using a combination of experiments and geometric models, we demonstrate correlations between cell geometry, three-dimensional (3D) organization of chromosome territories, and gene expression. Fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments showed that micropatterned fibroblasts cultured on anisotropic versus isotropic substrates resulted in repositioning of specific chromosomes, which contained genes that were differentially regulated by cell geometries. Experiments combined with ellipsoid packing models revealed that the mechanosensitivity of chromosomes was correlated with their orientation in the nucleus. Transcription inhibition experiments suggested that the intermingling degree was more sensitive to global changes in transcription than to chromosome radial positioning and its orientations. These results suggested that cell geometry modulated 3D chromosome arrangement, and their neighborhoods correlated with gene expression patterns in a predictable manner. This is central to understanding geometric control of genetic programs involved in cellular homeostasis and the associated diseases. },
author = {Wang, Yejun and Nagarajan, Mallika and Uhler, Caroline and Shivashankar, Gv},
issn = {10591524},
journal = {Molecular Biology of the Cell},
number = {14},
pages = {1997 -- 2009},
publisher = {American Society for Cell Biology},
title = {{Orientation and repositioning of chromosomes correlate with cell geometry dependent gene expression}},
doi = {10.1091/mbc.E16-12-0825},
volume = {28},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1168,
abstract = {Optimum experimental design theory has recently been extended for parameter estimation in copula models. The use of these models allows one to gain in flexibility by considering the model parameter set split into marginal and dependence parameters. However, this separation also leads to the natural issue of estimating only a subset of all model parameters. In this work, we treat this problem with the application of the (Formula presented.)-optimality to copula models. First, we provide an extension of the corresponding equivalence theory. Then, we analyze a wide range of flexible copula models to highlight the usefulness of (Formula presented.)-optimality in many possible scenarios. Finally, we discuss how the usage of the introduced design criterion also relates to the more general issue of copula selection and optimal design for model discrimination.},
author = {Perrone, Elisa and Rappold, Andreas and Müller, Werner},
journal = {Statistical Methods and Applications},
number = {3},
pages = {403 -- 418},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{D inf s optimality in copula models}},
doi = {10.1007/s10260-016-0375-6},
volume = {26},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1208,
abstract = {We study parameter estimation in linear Gaussian covariance models, which are p-dimensional Gaussian models with linear constraints on the covariance matrix. Maximum likelihood estimation for this class of models leads to a non-convex optimization problem which typically has many local maxima. Using recent results on the asymptotic distribution of extreme eigenvalues of the Wishart distribution, we provide sufficient conditions for any hill climbing method to converge to the global maximum. Although we are primarily interested in the case in which n≫p, the proofs of our results utilize large sample asymptotic theory under the scheme n/p→γ>1. Remarkably, our numerical simulations indicate that our results remain valid for p as small as 2. An important consequence of this analysis is that, for sample sizes n≃14p, maximum likelihood estimation for linear Gaussian covariance models behaves as if it were a convex optimization problem. © 2016 The Royal Statistical Society and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.},
author = {Zwiernik, Piotr and Uhler, Caroline and Richards, Donald},
issn = {13697412},
journal = {Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series B: Statistical Methodology},
number = {4},
pages = {1269 -- 1292},
publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell},
title = {{Maximum likelihood estimation for linear Gaussian covariance models}},
doi = {10.1111/rssb.12217},
volume = {79},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1293,
abstract = {For a graph G with p vertices the closed convex cone S⪰0(G) consists of all real positive semidefinite p×p matrices whose sparsity pattern is given by G, that is, those matrices with zeros in the off-diagonal entries corresponding to nonedges of G. The extremal rays of this cone and their associated ranks have applications to matrix completion problems, maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian graphical models in statistics, and Gauss elimination for sparse matrices. While the maximum rank of an extremal ray in S⪰0(G), known as the sparsity order of G, has been characterized for different classes of graphs, we here study all possible extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). We investigate when the geometry of the (±1)-cut polytope of G yields a polyhedral characterization of the set of extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). For a graph G without K5 minors, we show that appropriately chosen normal vectors to the facets of the (±1)-cut polytope of G specify the off-diagonal entries of extremal matrices in S⪰0(G). We also prove that for appropriately chosen scalars the constant term of the linear equation of each facet-supporting hyperplane is the rank of its corresponding extremal matrix in S⪰0(G). Furthermore, we show that if G is series-parallel then this gives a complete characterization of all possible extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). Consequently, the sparsity order problem for series-parallel graphs can be solved in terms of polyhedral geometry.},
author = {Solus, Liam T and Uhler, Caroline and Yoshida, Ruriko},
journal = {Linear Algebra and Its Applications},
pages = {247 -- 275},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Extremal positive semidefinite matrices whose sparsity pattern is given by graphs without K5 minors}},
doi = {10.1016/j.laa.2016.07.026},
volume = {509},
year = {2016},
}