Title

Conditional and Unconditional Statistical Independence

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

1-1-1987

CFDP Number

824R

CFDP Revision Date

1987-12-01

CFDP Pages

14

Abstract

Conditional independence almost everywhere in the space of the conditioning variates does not imply unconditional independence, although it may well imply unconditional independence of certain functions of the variables. An example that is important in linear regression theory is discussed in detail. This involves orthogonal projections on random linear manifolds, which are conditionally independent but not unconditionally independent under normality. Necessary and sufficient conditions are obtained under which conditional independence does imply unconditional independence.

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