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Correlation between three variables question

I was asked this question regarding correlation recently, and although it seems intuitive, I still haven't worked out the answer satisfactorily. I hope you can help me out with this seemingly simple ...
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Correlation between two linear sums of random variables

I understand how to create random variables with a prespecified correlational structure using a Cholsesky decomposition. But I would like to be able to solve the inverse problem: Given random ...
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Generating correlated random numbers: Why does Cholesky decomposition work?

Let's say I want to generate correlated random variables. I understand that I can use Cholesky decomposition of the correlation matrix to obtain the correlated values. If $C$ is the correlation ...
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Correlation between variables

I asked this question on stats SE but did not find a suitable answer so far. Maybe someone can help. Given n random variables x1,...,xn (one-dimensional). The following is known (corr() = Pearson ...
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Covariance, covariance operator, and covariance function

I am trying to get my head wrapped around this article in Wikipedia. The first definition given there is the covariance of a probability measure $\mathbf{P}$: $$\mathrm{Cov}(x, y) = \int_{H} \langle ...
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Generate Correlated Normal Random Variables

I know that for the $2$-dimensional case: given a correlation $\rho$ you can generate the first and second values, $ X_1 $ and $X_2$, from the standard normal distribution. Then from there make $X_3$ ...
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Given X and Y are correlated and Y and Z are correlated what is the range of correlation between X and Z?

How can I calculate the range of correlation of two variables X and Z given I have the correlations of X and Y, and Y and Z? I've found a few resources around, namely this, but I'd like a research ...
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Calculating the variance of the ratio of random variables

I want to calculate $\newcommand{\var}{\mathrm{var}}\var(X/Y)$. I know that the solution is $$\var(X) + \var(Y) - 2 \var(X) \var(Y) \mathrm{corr}(X,Y) \>,$$ but, how do I derive it from "common" ...
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Bounds on off-diagonal entries of a correlation matrix

Assume that all the entries of an $n \times n$ correlation matrix which are not on the main diagonal are equal to $q$. Find upper and lower bounds on the possible values of $q$. I know that the ...
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Wedge Product Formula For Sine. Analogous Formula Generalizing Cosine to Higher Dimensions?

So I was day dreaming about linear algebra today (in a class which had nothing to do with linear algebra), when I stumbled across an interesting relationship. I was thinking about how determinants are ...
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Determinant of a N symmetric square matrix with diagonal 1

What is the determinant of a symmetric $n \times n$ matrix with all diagonals be 1 and all others are $\rho$ (yes correlation matrix)? Anyone can tell me a method to work it out elegantly? Thanks!
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Correlations between neighboring Voronoi cells

For a sequence $X_1,X_2,X_3,\ldots$ of random variables, what it means to say $X_1$ is correlated with $X_2$ is unambiguous. It may be that the bigger $X_1$ is, the bigger $X_2$ is likely to be. If, ...
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How to perform nonlinear regression with correlated errors?

I have a nonlinear least squares problem, but the errors are correlated. I could use R's nls function to do the regression if the errors were independent, but I don't know the right way to handle ...
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Simulate correlated $\chi^2$ distribution

I understand that when one have multiple independent variable that follows $N\sim(0,1)$, denoted as $A$ if we have a correlation matrix $R$, we can generate correlated variables $B$ that are normally ...
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Maximum and minimum Correlation Coefficient

I have a question regarding the correlation coefficient. The inspiration is from a story where a student collected a set of $(X,Y)$ pairs, but lost the pairings. Hence, he is left with two sets of ...
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Meaning of denominator in correlation?

I can't quite grasp the meaning of the denominator in the correlation coefficient. $$\frac{\sum(X - \bar X)(Y-\bar Y)}{\sqrt {\sum (X-\bar X)^2\sum(Y-\bar Y)^2}}$$ What exactly am I dividing with, ...
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Is the relation of having positive covariance well behaved with respect to taking the inverse?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two random variables, $X$ strictly positive. Assume that Cov$(X,Y)>0$. Does this imply that Cov$(1/X, Y)<0$? I know that being positively correlated is not a transitive ...
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Does $0$ correlation imply independence for marginally normal distributions?

Assume $X \sim \mathcal N(\mu_1, \sigma_1^2)$ and $Y \sim \mathcal N(\mu_2, \sigma_2^2)$. If $\rho_{X,Y} = 0$ then $X \bot Y$. Can someone give a hint why this is true ?
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Windowed Linear Correlation

$\DeclareMathOperator \Cov {Cov}$ $\DeclareMathOperator \Var {Var}$ $\DeclareMathOperator \E {E}$ Consider the following experiment: For $N\geq1$, consider $N$ black balls. Let us paint each black ...
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Expectation product of pairwise uncorrelated variables

Suppose I have three uncorrelated random variables $X, Y$ and $Z$ (discrete or continuous) such that $$\newcommand{\Cov}{\mathrm{Cov}}\Cov(X,Y)=0;\quad \Cov(Y,Z)=0;\quad \Cov(X,Z)=0 \tag{$\ast$}$$ I ...
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special matrix in terms of its covariance matrix

How can we find a matrix $S\in \mathcal{M}_{n,n}$ and $Z\in \mathcal{M}_{n,m}$ whose $n$ entries of the $i^{th}$ column $Z_i$ are correlated $Z_i \sim \mathcal{N}(0,S)$ where $S \in \mathcal{M}_{n,n}$ ...
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correlation between two different variables

I am studying stochastic processes and found the next problem: Let $A$ and $\Phi $ be two independent random variables such that $E(A) = 0$, $E(A^2) < \infty$, and $\Phi$ is uniformly distributed ...
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What is a common way to measure the “goodness of fit” of an individual data point to a correlation?

Let's say I have a collection of data points (X & Y values) that show some correlation when, eg, Pearson's correlation formula is applied. What is a good measure for determining which data points ...
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MATLAB's implementation of cross correlation

Wikipedia gives the cross-correlation as $$ \begin{align*} (f \star g)[n] = \sum^{\infty}_{m = -\infty} f^{*}[m] g[n+m] \end{align*} $$ MATLAB's documentation gives ...