A New Parametrization of Correlation Matrices

For the modeling of covariance matrices, the literature has proposed a variety of methods to enforce the positive (semi) definiteness. In this paper, we propose a method that is based on a novel parametrization of the correlation matrix, specifically the off-diagonal elements of the matrix logarithmic transformed correlations. This parametrization has many attractive properties, a wide range of applications, and may be viewed as a multivariate generalization of Fisher’s Z-transformation of a single correlation.

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