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Conditional Independence Beyond Domain Separability: Discussion of Engelke and Hitz (2020)

by   Yuexia Zhang, et al.

We congratulate Engelke and Hitz on a thought-provoking paper on graphical models for extremes. A key contribution of the paper is the introduction of a novel definition of conditional independence for a multivariate Pareto distribution. Here, we outline a proposal for independence and conditional independence of general random variables whose support is a general set Omega in multidimensional real number space. Our proposal includes the authors' definition of conditional independence, and the analogous definition of independence as special cases. By making our proposal independent of the context of extreme value theory, we highlight the importance of the authors' contribution beyond this particular context.


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