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Multivariable change of variable.

  1. Nov 20, 2011 #1
    Hi there.

    In the multivariate case it is proven that if

    X~Nm(U, S) and Y = a + CX where C is an invertible n x n matrix, and S is the covariance matrix then:

    Y ~ Nm(a + CU, CSC')

    I am trying to apply this proof to a similar problem.

    If we have X1...Xk with Xi ~ Nm(Ui, Si) where i = 1...k, with Xi independent.

    what is the distribution of Y = a + sigma (i=1 to k) CiXi

    I'm trying to apply the change of variable formula here to derive this, but I don't know how to use it for a function of several variables. In the proof with only X I can understand it.

    Here Y = a + (C1X1 + C2X2 + C3X3 + ... + CkXk)
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  3. Nov 21, 2011 #2


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    That does not look like a generalization, it looks like a special case of your first statement. The "C" in your first theorem is just the matrix with a single row, [itex]\begin{bmatrix} C_1 & C_2 & \cdot\cdot\cdot & C_k\end{bmatrix}[/itex]
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