Raven - 1 year ago 108

Python Question

I am trying to find an inverse of this 9x9 covariance matrix so I can use it with mahalanobis distance. However, the result I'm getting from matrix inverse is a matrix full of

`1.02939420e+16`

`3.98290435292e+16`

Although I would like to understand the math behind this, what I really need at this moment is just a solution to this problem so I can continue with implementation. Is there a way how to find an inverse of such matrix? Or is it somehow possible to find inverse covariance matrix directly from data instead?

`[[ 0.46811097 0.15024959 0.01806486 -0.03029948 -0.12472314 -0.11952018 -0.14738093 -0.14655549 -0.06794621]`

[ 0.15024959 0.19338707 0.09046136 0.01293189 -0.05290348 -0.07200769 -0.09317139 -0.10125269 -0.12769464]

[ 0.01806486 0.09046136 0.12575072 0.06507481 -0.00951239 -0.02944675 -0.05349869 -0.07496244 -0.13193147]

[-0.03029948 0.01293189 0.06507481 0.12214787 0.04527352 -0.01478612 -0.02879678 -0.06006481 -0.1114809 ]

[-0.12472314 -0.05290348 -0.00951239 0.04527352 0.164018 0.05474073 -0.01028871 -0.02695087 -0.03965366]

[-0.11952018 -0.07200769 -0.02944675 -0.01478612 0.05474073 0.13397166 0.06839442 0.00403321 -0.02537928]

[-0.14738093 -0.09317139 -0.05349869 -0.02879678 -0.01028871 0.06839442 0.14424203 0.0906558 0.02984426]

[-0.14655549 -0.10125269 -0.07496244 -0.06006481 -0.02695087 0.00403321 0.0906558 0.17054466 0.14455264]

[-0.06794621 -0.12769464 -0.13193147 -0.1114809 -0.03965366 -0.02537928 0.02984426 0.14455264 0.32968928]]

Answer Source

The matrix `m`

you provide has a determinant of `0`

and is hence uninvertible from a numerical point of view (and this explain the great values you have which tends to bump to `Inf`

):

```
In [218]: np.linalg.det(m)
Out[218]: 2.8479946613617788e-16
```

If you start doing linear algebra operations/problem solving, I strongly advise to check some basic concepts, which would avoid doing numerical mistakes/errors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invertible_matrix