mxPearsonSelCov {OpenMx}R Documentation

Perform Pearson Aitken selection


[Maturing] These functions implement the Pearson Aitken selection formulae.


mxPearsonSelCov(origCov, newCov)
mxPearsonSelMean(origCov, newCov, origMean)



covariance matrix. The covariance prior to selection.


covariance matrix. A subset of origCov to replace.


column vector. A mean vector to adjust.


Which dimensions to condition on can be communicated in one of two ways: (1) newCov is a submatrix of origCov. The dimnames are matched to determine which partition of origCov to replace with newCov. Or (2) newCov is the same dimension as origCov. The matrix entries are inspected to determine which entries have changed. The changed entries determine which partition of origCov to replace with newCov.

Let the n \times n covariance matrix R (origCov) be partitioned into non-empty, disjoint sets p and q. Let R_{ij} denote the covariance matrix between the p and q variables where the subscripts denote the variable subsets (e.g. R_{pq}). Let column vectors \mu_p and \mu_q contain the means of p and q variables, respectively. We wish to compute the conditional covariances of the variables in q for a subset of the population where R_{pp} and \mu_p are known (or partially known)—that is, we wish to condition the covariances and means of q on those of p. Let V_{pp} (newCov) be an arbitrary covariance matrix of the same dimension as R_{pp}. If we replace R_{pp} by V_{pp} then the mean of q (origMean) is transformed as

\mu_q \to \mu_q + R_{qp} R_{pp}^{-1} \mu_p

and the covariance of p and q are transformed as

\left[ \begin{array}{c|c} R_{pp} & R_{pq} \\ \hline R_{qp} & R_{qq} \end{array} \right] \to \left[ \begin{array}{c|c} V_{pp} & V_{pp}R_{pp}^{-1}R_{pq} \\ \hline R_{qp}R_{pp}^{-1}V_{pp} & R_{qq}-R_{qp} (R_{pp}^{-1} - R_{pp}^{-1} V_{pp} R_{pp}^{-1}) R_{pq} \end{array} \right]


Aitken, A. (1935). Note on selection from a multivariate normal population. Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (Series 2), 4(2), 106-110. doi:10.1017/S0013091500008063



m1 <- mxModel(
  mxMatrix('Full', 10, 10, values=rWishart(1, 20, toeplitz((10:1)/10))[,,1],
           dimnames=list(paste0('c',1:10),paste0('c',1:10)), name="m1"),
  mxMatrix('Full', 2, 2, values=diag(2),
           dimnames=list(paste0('c',1:2),paste0('c',1:2)), name="m2"),
  mxMatrix('Full', 10, 1, values=runif(10),
           dimnames=list(paste0('c',1:10),c('v')), name="u1"),
  mxAlgebra(mxPearsonSelCov(m1, m2), name="c1"),
  mxAlgebra(mxPearsonSelMean(m1, m2, u1), name="u2")

m1 <- mxRun(m1)

[Package OpenMx version 2.21.11 Index]