Introduction to Financial Econometrics
Appendix Matrix Algebra Review
Eric Zivot
Department of Economics
University of Washington
January 3, 2000
This version: February 6, 2001

1 Matrix Algebra Review
A matrix is just an array of numbers. The dimension of a matrix is determined by
the number of its rows and columns. For example, a matrix A with n rows and m
columns is illustrated below
ï£® ï£¹
a11 a12 . . . a1m
ï£¯ a21 a22 . . . a2m ï£º
ï£¯ ï£º
A =ï£¯ . .ï£º
.
ï£°. . ... . ï£»
. . .
(nÃ—m)
an1 an2 . . . anm

where aij denotes the ith row and j th column element of A.
A vector is simply a matrix with 1 column. For example,
ï£® ï£¹
x1
ï£¯ x2 ï£º
ï£¯ ï£º
x =ï£¯ . ï£º
ï£°.ï£».
(nÃ—1)
xn
is an n Ã— 1 vector with elements x1 , x2 , . . . , xn . Vectors and matrices are often written
in bold type (or underlined) to distinguish them from scalars (single elements of
vectors or matrices).
The transpose of an n Ã— m matrix A is a new matrix with the rows and columns
of A interchanged and is denoted A0 or A| . For example,
ï£® ï£¹
Â· Â¸ 14
123
, A0 = ï£° 2 5 ï£»
A=
456 (3Ã—2)
(2Ã—3)
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1
ï£® ï£¹
1 Â£ Â¤
= ï£° 2 ï£», x0 =
x 123.
(3Ã—1) (1Ã—3)
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A symmetric matrix A is such that A = A0 . Obviously this can only occur if A
is a square matrix; i.e., the number of rows of A is equal to the number of columns.
For example, consider the 2 Ã— 2 matrix
Â· Â¸
12
A= .
21

Clearly, Â· Â¸
12
A0 = A = .
21

1.1 Basic Matrix Operations
Matrix addition and subtraction are element by element operations and only apply
to matrices of the same dimension. For example, let
Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
49 20
A= , B= .
21 07

Then
Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
49 20 4+2 9+0 69
A+B = + = = ,
21 07 2+0 1+7 28
Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
4âˆ’2 9âˆ’0
49 20 29
Aâˆ’B = âˆ’ = = .
2âˆ’0 1âˆ’7 2 âˆ’6
21 07

1.1.2 Scalar Multiplication
Here we refer to the multiplication of a matrix by a scalar number. This is also an
element-by-element operation. For example, let c = 2 and
Â· Â¸
3 âˆ’1
A= .
05

Then Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
2 Â· 3 2 Â· (âˆ’1) 6 âˆ’2
cÂ·A= = .
2 Â· (0) 2Â·5 0 10

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1.1.3 Matrix Multiplication
Matrix multiplication only applies to conformable matrices. A and B are conformable
matrices of the number of columns in A is equal to the number of rows in B. For
example, if A is mÃ— n and B is m Ã— p then A and B are conformable. The mechanics
of matrix multiplication is best explained by example. Let
Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
12 121
and B =
A= .
34 342
(2Ã—2) (2Ã—3)

Then
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸
12 121
AÂ·B Â·
=
34 342
(2Ã—2) (2Ã—3)
Â· Â¸
1Â·1+2Â·3 1Â·2+2Â·4 1Â·1+2Â·2
=
3Â·1+4Â·3 3Â·2+4Â·4 3Â·1+4Â·2
Â· Â¸
7 10 5
= =C
15 22 11 (2Ã—3)

The resulting matrix C has 2 rows and 3 columns. In general, if A is n Ã— m and B
is m Ã— p then C = A Â· B is n Ã— p.
As another example, let
Â· Â¸ Â·Â¸
12 2
A = 3 4 and B = 6 .
(2Ã—2) (2Ã—1)

Then
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸
12 5
AÂ·B Â·
=
34 6
(2Ã—2) (2Ã—1)
Â· Â¸
1Â·5+2Â·6
=
3Â·5+4Â·6
Â· Â¸
17
= .
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As a & example, let
nal
ï£® ï£¹ ï£® ï£¹
1 4
x = ï£° 2 ï£», y = ï£° 5 ï£».
3 6

Then ï£®
ï£¹
4
Â£ Â¤
x0 y = 1 2 3 Â· ï£° 5 ï£» = 1 Â· 4 + 2 Â· 5 + 3 Â· 6 = 32
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1.2 The Identity Matrix
The identity matrix plays a similar role as the number 1. Multiplying any number by
1 gives back that number. In matrix algebra, pre or post multiplying a matrix A by
a conformable identity matrix gives back the matrix A. To illustrate, let
Â· Â¸
10
I=
01

denote the 2 dimensional identity matrix and let
Â· Â¸
a11 a12
A=
a21 a22

denote an arbitrary 2 Ã— 2 matrix. Then
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸
10 a11 a12
IÂ·A = Â·
01 a21 a22
Â· Â¸
a11 a12
= =A
a21 a22

and
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸
a11 a12 10
AÂ·I = Â·
a21 a22 01
Â· Â¸
a11 a12
= = A.
a21 a22

1.3 Inverse Matrix
To be completed.

1.4 Representing Summation Using Vector Notation
Consider the sum
n
X
xk = x1 + Â· Â· Â· + xk.
k=1

Let x = (x1 , . . . , xn )0 be an n Ã— 1 vector and 1 = (1, . . . , 1)0 be an n Ã— 1 vector of
ones. Then
ï£®ï£¹
1 n
X
Â£ Â¤ ï£¯.ï£º
0
x 1 = x1 . . . xn Â· ï£° . ï£» = x1 + Â· Â· Â· + xk = xk
.
1 k=1

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and ï£®
ï£¹
x1 n
X
Â£ Â¤ï£¯.ï£º
0
1 x = 1 . . . 1 Â· ï£° . ï£» = x1 + Â· Â· Â· + xn = xk .
.
xn k=1

Next, consider the sum of squared x values
n
X
x2 = x2 + Â· Â· Â· + x2 .
k 1 n
k=1

This sum can be conveniently represented as
ï£® ï£¹
x
Â¤ ï£¯ .1 n
X
Â£ ï£º
x0 x = x1 . . . xn Â· ï£° . 2 2
x2 .
ï£» = x1 + Â· Â· Â· + xn =
. k
xn k=1

Last, consider the sum of cross products
n
X
xk yk = x1 y1 + Â· Â· Â· xn yn .
k=1

This sum can be compactly represented by
ï£® ï£¹
y
Â¤ ï£¯ .1 ï£º Xn
Â£
0
x y = x1 . . . xn Â· ï£° . ï£» = x1 y1 + Â· Â· Â· xn yn = xk yk .
.
yn k=1

Note that x0 y = y0 x.

1.5 Representing Systems of Linear Equations Using Matrix
Algebra
Consider the system of two linear equations

(1)
x+y = 1
2x âˆ’ y = 1 (2)

which is illustrated in Figure xxx. Equations (1) and (2) represent two straight lines
which intersect at the point x = 2 and y = 1 . This point of intersection is determined
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by solving for the values of x and y such that x + y = 2x âˆ’ y 1 .
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Soving for x gives x = 2y. Substituting this value into the equation x + y = 1 gives 2y + y = 1
and solving for y gives y = 1/3. Solving for x then gives x = 2/3.

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The two linear equations can be written in matrix form as
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
11 x 1
=
2 âˆ’1 y 1
or
AÂ·z=b
where Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
11 x 1
and b =
A= , z= .
2 âˆ’1 y 1
If there was a (2 Ã— 2) matrix B, with elements bij , such that B Â· A = I, where I
is the (2 Ã— 2) identity matrix, then we could solve for the elements in z as follows. In
the equation A Â· z = b, pre-multiply both sides by B to give

BÂ·AÂ·z = BÂ·b
=â‡’ I Â· z = B Â· b
=â‡’ z = B Â· b

or Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
b11 Â· 1 + b12 Â· 1
x b11 b12 1
= =
b21 Â· 1 + b22 Â· 1
y b21 b22 1
If such a matrix B exists it is called the inverse of A and is denoted Aâˆ’1 . In-
tuitively, the inverse matrix Aâˆ’1 plays a similar role as the inverse of a number.
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Suppose a is a number; e.g., a = 2. Then we know that a Â· a = aâˆ’1 a = 1. Similarly,
in matrix algebra Aâˆ’1 A = I where I is the identity matrix. Next, consider solving
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the equation ax = 1. By simple division we have that x = a x = aâˆ’1 x. Similarly, in
matrix algebra if we want to solve the system of equation Ax = b we multiply by
Aâˆ’1 and get x = Aâˆ’1 b.
Using B = Aâˆ’1 , we may express the solution for z as

z = Aâˆ’1 b.

As long as we can determine the elements in Aâˆ’1 then we can solve for the values of
x and y in the vector z. Since the system of linear equations has a solution as long as
the two lines intersect, we can determine the elements in Aâˆ’1 provided the two lines
are not parallel.
nding the elements of Aâˆ’1 and typical
There are general numerical algorithms for &
spreadsheet programs like Excel have these algorithms available. However, if A is a
(2 Ã— 2) matrix then there is a simple formula for Aâˆ’1 . Let A be a (2 Ã— 2) matrix such
that Â· Â¸
a11 a12
A= .
a21 a22

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Then Â· Â¸
1 a22 âˆ’a12
Aâˆ’1 = .
âˆ’a21 a11
a11 a22 âˆ’ a21 a12
By brute force matrix multiplication we can verify this formula
Â· Â¸Â· Â¸
1 a22 âˆ’a12 a11 a12
Aâˆ’1 A =
a11 a22 âˆ’ a21 a12 âˆ’a21 a11 a21 a22
Â· Â¸
1 a22 a11 âˆ’ a12 a21 a22 a12 âˆ’ a12 a22
=
a11 a22 âˆ’ a21 a12 âˆ’a21 a11 + a11 a21 âˆ’a21 a12 + a11 a22
Â· Â¸
1 a22 a11 âˆ’ a12 a21 0
=
âˆ’a21 a12 + a11 a22
0
a11 a22 âˆ’ a21 a12
Â· a22 a11 âˆ’a12 a21 Â¸
0
a11 a22 âˆ’a21 a12
= âˆ’a21 a12 +a11 a22
0 a11 a22 âˆ’a21 a12
Â· Â¸
10
= .
01

Let s apply the above rule to & the inverse of A in our example:
nd
Â· Â¸ Â·1 1 Â¸
1 âˆ’1 âˆ’1
Aâˆ’1 = = 3 âˆ’1 . 3
2
âˆ’1 âˆ’ 2 âˆ’2 1 3 3

Notice that Â· Â¸Â· Â¸ Â· Â¸
1 1
11 10
Aâˆ’1 A = 3 3 = .
2 âˆ’1
2 âˆ’1 01
3 3
Our solution for z is then

z = Â· âˆ’1 b Â¸ Â· Â¸
A
1 1
1
3 3
= 2 âˆ’1
1
3
Â¸3 Â· Â¸
Â·2
x
3
= =
1
y
3

so that x = 2 and y = 1 .
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In general, if we have n linear equations in n unknown variables we may write the
system of equations as

a11 x1 + a12 x2 + Â· Â· Â· + a1n xn = b1
a21 x1 + a22 x2 + Â· Â· Â· + a2n xn = b2
.
.=. .
. .
an1 x1 + an2 x2 + Â· Â· Â· + ann xn = bn

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which we may then express in matrix form as
ï£® ï£¹ï£® ï£¹ ï£® ï£¹
a12 Â· Â· Â· a1n
a11 x1 b1
ï£¯ a21 a22 Â· Â· Â· a2n ï£º ï£¯ ï£ºï£¯ ï£º
x2 b2
ï£¯ ï£ºï£¯ ï£ºï£¯ ï£º
ï£¯. . ï£ºï£¯ ï£º=ï£¯ ï£º
. .
ï£°. . ï£»ï£° . .
ï£»ï£° ï£»
. . . .
an2 Â· Â· Â· ann
an1 xn bn
or
A Â· x = b.
(nÃ—1) (nÃ—1)
(nÃ—n)

The solution to the system of equations is given by

x = Aâˆ’1 b

where Aâˆ’1 A = I and I is the (n Ã— n) identity matrix. If the number of equations is
greater than two, then we generally use numerical algorithms to & the elements in
nd
Aâˆ’1 .

Excellent treatments of portfolio theory using matrix algebra are given in Ingersol
(1987), Huang and Litzenberger (1988) and Campbell, Lo and MacKinlay (1996).

3 Problems
To be completed

References
[1] Campbell, J.Y., Lo, A.W., and MacKinlay, A.C. (1997). The Econometrics of
Financial Markets. Priceton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

[2] Huang, C.-F., and Litzenbeger, R.H. (1988). Foundations for Financial Eco-
nomics. New York: North-Holland.

[3] Ingersoll, J.E. (1987). Theory of Financial Decision Making. Totowa, New Jersey:
Rowman & Little& eld.

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