Exact formulas for the normalizing constants of Wishart distributions for graphical models

C. Uhler, A. Lenkoski, D. Richards, ArXiv (2014).

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Gaussian graphical models have received considerable attention during the past four decades from the statistical and machine learning communities. In Bayesian treatments of this model, the G-Wishart distribution serves as the conjugate prior for inverse covariance matrices satisfying graphical constraints. While it is straightforward to posit the unnormalized densities, the normalizing constants of these distributions have been known only for graphs that are chordal, or decomposable. Up until now, it was unknown whether the normalizing constant for a general graph could be represented explicitly, and a considerable body of computational literature emerged that attempted to avoid this apparent intractability. We close this question by providing an explicit representation of the G-Wishart normalizing constant for general graphs.
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2014-06-18
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A.L.'s research was supported by Statistics for Innovation sfi2 in Oslo. D.R.'s research was partially supported by the U.S. National Science Foun-dation grant DMS-1309808; and by a Romberg Guest Professorship at the Heidelberg University Graduate School for Mathematical and Computational Methods in the Sciences, funded by German Universities Excellence Initiative grant GSC 220/2.
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Uhler C, Lenkoski A, Richards D. Exact formulas for the normalizing constants of Wishart distributions for graphical models. ArXiv. 2014.
Uhler, C., Lenkoski, A., & Richards, D. (2014). Exact formulas for the normalizing constants of Wishart distributions for graphical models. ArXiv. ArXiv.
Uhler, Caroline, Alex Lenkoski, and Donald Richards. “ Exact Formulas for the Normalizing Constants of Wishart Distributions for Graphical Models.” ArXiv. ArXiv, 2014.
C. Uhler, A. Lenkoski, and D. Richards, “ Exact formulas for the normalizing constants of Wishart distributions for graphical models,” ArXiv. ArXiv, 2014.
Uhler C, Lenkoski A, Richards D. 2014. Exact formulas for the normalizing constants of Wishart distributions for graphical models. ArXiv.
Uhler, Caroline, et al. “ Exact Formulas for the Normalizing Constants of Wishart Distributions for Graphical Models.” ArXiv, ArXiv, 2014.

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