Archive for August, 2014

I realized today that orthogonality and non-correlation (in the linear sense) of two random variables X and Y are strongly linked in our minds – and they shouldn’t. The fact is that whether orthogonality, i.e. E(XY)=0, implies correlation, or non-correlation, depends on whether the expected values of the variables are non-zero or not. I believe in the power of tables -so here it is, and easily verifiable from the definition Cov(X,Y) = E(XY) – E(X)E(Y)


Orthog Corrle table