Question: Singular covariance matrix

Hi everyone,


I want to create a Gaussian PDF so I need to calculate Determinant(sigma) with sigma the covariance matrix of a gaussian variable.

If we call this variable alpha (which is a 12 dimension vector and represents the noise in a discrete dynamical equation), then sigma_ij=ExpectedValue(alpha_i*alpha_j)-ExpectedValue(alpha_i)*ExpectedValue(alpha_j)

and this is zero most of the time! So the covariance matrix is singular and the determinant is zero. 


How can I solve this problem? Am I calculating the matrix with a wrong way?



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