# InvertedWishart

## InvertedWishart(psi, n, I, J)

The inverted Wishart distribution represents a distribution over covariance matrices, i.e., each sample from the **InvertedWishart** is a covariance matrix. It is conjugate to the Wishart distribution, which means it can be updated after observing data and computing its sample covariance, such that the Posterior is still a **InvertedWishart** distribution. Because of this conjugacy property, it is therefore usually used as a Bayesian prior distribution for covariance. The parameter, «psi», must be a positive definite matrix.

Suppose you represent the prior distribution of covariance using an inverted Wishart distribution: `InvertedWishart(Psi, m)`

. You observe some data, `X[I, R]`

, where `R := 1..N`

indexes each datapoint and `I`

is the vector dimension, and compute `A = Sum(X*X[I = J], R)`

, where `A`

is called the scatter matrix. The assumption is made that the data is generated, by nature, from a Gaussian distribution with the "true" covariance. The matrix `A`

is an observation that gives you information about the true covariance matrix, so can use this to obtain a Bayesian posterior distribution on the true covariance given by:

`InverseWishart(A + Psi, n + m)`

## Library

Distribution Variations.ana

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