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Random matrix

by Marco Taboga, PhD

A matrix whose entries are random variables is called random matrix.

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Associated random vector

A random matrix is usually dealt with by studying and specifying the characteristics of the associated random vector, obtained by stacking its columns. So, for example, given a $2\times 2$ random matrix[eq1]we can study its associated vectorization[eq2]which is a random vector and can be dealt with using all the standard tools usually employed to deal with random vectors.

A random matrix is said to be discrete if the associated random vector is discrete and it is said to be absolutely continuous if the associated random vector is absolutely continuous.

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The lecture entitled Random vectors provides more details about random matrices and their probability distributions.

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