The student ensemble of correlation matrices: eigenvalue spectrum and Kullback-Leibler entropy

14 October 2007

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We study a new ensemble of random correlation matrices related to multivariate Student (or more generally elliptic) random variables. We establish the exact density of states of empirical correlation matrices that generalises the Marcenko-Pastur result. The comparison between the theoretical density of states in the Student case and empirical financial data is surprisingly good, even if we are still able to detect systematic deviations. Finally, we compute explicitely the Kullback-Leibler entropies of empirical Student matrices, which are found to be independent of the true correlation matrix, as in the Gaussian case. We provide numerically exact values for these Kullback-Leibler entropies.


Giulio Biroli , Marc Potters , Jean-Philippe Bouchaud