### Working paper

## Robust covariance estimation under L_4-L_2 norm equivalence

In this paper, we consider Tyler's robust covariance M-estimator under group symmetry constraints. We assume that the covariance matrix is invariant to the conjugation action of a unitary matrix group, referred to as group symmetry. Examples of group symmetric structures include circulant, perHermitian, and proper quaternion matrices. We introduce a group symmetric version of Tyler's estimator (STyler) and provide an iterative fixed point algorithm to compute it. The classical results claim that at least n=p+1 sample points in general position are necessary to ensure the existence and uniqueness of Tyler's estimator, where p is the ambient dimension. We show that the STyler requires significantly less samples. In some groups, even two samples are enough to guarantee its existence and uniqueness. In addition, in the case of elliptical populations, we provide high probability bounds on the error of the STyler. These, too, quantify the advantage of exploiting the symmetry structure. Finally, these theoretical results are supported by numerical simulations.

We study the Gaussian and robust covariance estimation, assuming the true covariance matrix to be a Kronecker product of two lower dimensional square matrices. In both settings we define the estimators as solutions to the constrained maximum likelihood programs. In the robust case, we consider Tyler’s estimator defined as the maximum likelihood estimator of a certain distribution on a sphere. We develop tight sufficient conditions for the existence and uniqueness of the estimates and show that in the Gaussian scenario with the unknown mean, p/q+q/p+2 samples are almost surely enough to guarantee the existence and uniqueness, where p and q are the dimensions of the Kronecker product factors. In the robust case with the known mean, the corresponding sufficient number of samples is max[p/q,q/p]+1.

We consider certain spaces of functions on the circle, which naturally appear in harmonic analysis, and superposition operators on these spaces. We study the following question: which functions have the property that each their superposition with a homeomorphism of the circle belongs to a given space? We also study the multidimensional case.

We consider the spaces of functions on the m-dimensional torus, whose Fourier transform is p -summable. We obtain estimates for the norms of the exponential functions deformed by a C1 -smooth phase. The results generalize to the multidimensional case the one-dimensional results obtained by the author earlier in “Quantitative estimates in the Beurling—Helson theorem”, Sbornik: Mathematics, 201:12 (2010), 1811 – 1836.

We consider the spaces of function on the circle whose Fourier transform is p-summable. We obtain estimates for the norms of exponential functions deformed by a C1 -smooth phase.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.