Journal article

Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Matrix Normal Models via Quiver Representations

Harm Derksen, Visu Makam

SIAM JOURNAL ON APPLIED ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY | SIAM PUBLICATIONS | Published : 2021

Abstract

We study the log-likelihood function and maximum likelihood estimate (MLE) for the matrix normal model for both real and complex models. We describe the exact number of samples needed to achieve (almost surely) three conditions, namely a bounded log-likelihood function, existence of MLEs, and uniqueness of MLEs. As a consequence, we observe that almost sure boundedness of the log-likelihood function guarantees almost sure existence of an MLE, thereby proving a conjecture of Drton, Kuriki, and Hoff [Existence and Uniqueness of the Kronecker Covariance MLE, preprint, arXiv:2003.06024, 2020]. The main tools we use are from the theory of quiver representations, in particular, results of Kac, Kin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The first author was partially supported by NSF grants IIS-1837985 and DMS-2001460. The second author was partially supported by NSF grants DMS-1638352 and CCF-1900460, and by the University of Melbourne.