Partial martingale difference correlation

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We introduce the partial martingale difference correlation, a scalar-valued measure of conditional mean dependence of Y given X, adjusting for the nonlinear dependence on Z, where X, Y and Z are random vectors of arbitrary dimensions. At the population level, partial martingale difference correlation is a natural extension of partial distance correlation developed recently by Székely and Rizzo [14], which characterizes the dependence of Y and X, after controlling for the nonlinear effect of Z. It extends the martingale difference correlation first introduced in Shao and Zhang [10] just as partial distance correlation extends the distance correlation in Székely, Rizzo and Bakirov [13]. Sample partial martingale difference correlation is also defined building on some new results on equivalent expressions of sample martingale difference correlation. Numerical results demonstrate the effectiveness of these new dependence measures in the context of variable selection and dependence testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1492-1517
Number of pages26
JournalElectronic Journal of Statistics
StatePublished - 2015


  • Distance correlation
  • Nonlinear dependence
  • Partial correlation
  • Variable selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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