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TITLE:  Inference and Optimalities in Estimation of Gaussian Graphical Model

SPEAKER: Harrison Zhou


Gaussian graphical model has a wide range of applications. The study of Gaussian graphical model had attracted a lot of attention recently. In this talk we consider a basic question: when is it possible to obtain statistical inference for estimation of Gaussian Graphical Model? A regression approach will be proposed to obtain asymptotically efficient estimation of each entry when the precision matrix is sufficient sparse. If the precision matrix is not sufficient sparse, i.e., the sparseness condition fails, a lower bound is established to show that it is on longer possible to achieve a parametric rate estimation of each entry by a construction of a subset of sparse precision matrices and Le Cam's Lemma.

If time permits, we apply the asymptotic normality result to do adaptive support recovery, to obtain adaptive rate-optimal estimation of the precision matrix under various matrix
l_q norms, and to do inference and estimation for a class of latent variable graphical models, without the need of the irrepresentable condition and the l_1 constraint of the precision matrix, which are commonly required in literature.

This is a joint work with Zhao Ren, Tingni Sun and Cun-Hui Zhang.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Zhou is a professor and chair in statistics department at Yale University. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2004. He has been working on Decision theory, Le Cam theory, Shrinkage estimation and Model selection, Function (wavelet) estimation, Multiple comparisons, Functional data analysis, Covariance matrix estimation, Bioinformatics, etc. He received the Noether Young Researcher Scholar Award and Tweedie Award in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He was also a receipent of the prestigous National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He will deliver the distinguished IMS Medallion Lecture, Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2014. More details about his research are at http://www.stat.yale.edu/~hz68/


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