Covariance Estimation: Optimal Dimension-free Guarantees for Adversarial Corruption and Heavy Tails

  title={Covariance Estimation: Optimal Dimension-free Guarantees for Adversarial Corruption and Heavy Tails},
  author={Pedro Abdalla and Nikita Zhivotovskiy},
We provide an estimator of the covariance matrix that achieves the optimal rate of convergence (up to constant factors) in the operator norm under two standard notions of data contamination: We allow the adversary to corrupt an η -fraction of the sample arbitrarily, while the distribution of the remaining data points only satisfies that the L p marginal moment with some p > 4 is equivalent to the corresponding L 2 -marginal moment. Despite requiring the existence of only a few moments, our… 
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