Correlation coefficient of X Y,Z

#1
the correlation coefficient of X Y is 0.6, and the correlation coefficient of Y Z is 0.7,
what is the range of the correlation coefficient of X and Z?
 

trinker

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#2
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BGM

TS Contributor
#4
Let \( \rho = Corr[X, Z] \). Then we have the following correlation matrix for \( X, Y, Z \):

\( \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0.6 & \rho \\ 0.6 & 1 & 0.7 \\ \rho & 0.7 & 1 \end{bmatrix}\)

I think the question want you to check whether this matrix is positive-definite or not.

One easy way to check is the Sylvester's Criterion:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvester_criterion

which essentially require you to have a positive determinant. When you compute it, you should obtain a quadratic polynomial in \( \rho \) and thus you should obtain a bound for it.
 
#5
Thanks! I am sorry to reply you so late. I think this is the right answer, it is a question of a hedge fund company, but I didn't pass the interview, so I was eager to know the answer. I shouldn't forget that the correlation matrix should be positive-definite.


Let \( \rho = Corr[X, Z] \). Then we have the following correlation matrix for \( X, Y, Z \):

\( \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0.6 & \rho \\ 0.6 & 1 & 0.7 \\ \rho & 0.7 & 1 \end{bmatrix}\)

I think the question want you to check whether this matrix is positive-definite or not.

One easy way to check is the Sylvester's Criterion:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvester_criterion

which essentially require you to have a positive determinant. When you compute it, you should obtain a quadratic polynomial in \( \rho \) and thus you should obtain a bound for it.