A Projection Based Conditional Dependence Measure with Applications to High-dimensional Undirected Graphical Models


Measuring conditional dependence is an important topic in econometrics with broad applications including graphical models. Under a factor model setting, a new conditional dependence measure based on projection is proposed. The corresponding conditional independence test is developed with the asymptotic null distribution unveiled where the number of factors could be high-dimensional. It is also shown that the new test has control over the asymptotic type I error and can be calculated efficiently. A generic method for building dependency graphs without Gaussian assumption using the new test is elaborated. We show the superiority of the new method, implemented in the R package , through simulation and real data studies.

Journal of Econometrics