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t0 t−1 t−2 · · · t−(n−1)

t t0 t−1

1

..

t2 t1 t0 .

.. ...

.

tn−1 ··· t0

Robert M. Gray

Information Systems Laboratory

Department of Electrical Engineering

Stanford University

Stanford, California 94305

**Revised March 2000
**

This document available as an

Adobe portable document format (pdf) ﬁle at

http://www-isl.stanford.edu/~gray/toeplitz.pdf

Robert

c M. Gray, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000.

**The preparation of the original report was ﬁnanced in part by the National
**

Science Foundation and by the Joint Services Program at Stanford. Since then it

has been done as a hobby.

ii

Abstract

In this tutorial report the fundamental theorems on the asymptotic be-

havior of eigenvalues, inverses, and products of “ﬁnite section” Toeplitz ma-

trices and Toeplitz matrices with absolutely summable elements are derived.

Mathematical elegance and generality are sacriﬁced for conceptual simplic-

ity and insight in the hopes of making these results available to engineers

lacking either the background or endurance to attack the mathematical lit-

erature on the subject. By limiting the generality of the matrices considered

the essential ideas and results can be conveyed in a more intuitive manner

without the mathematical machinery required for the most general cases. As

an application the results are applied to the study of the covariance matrices

and their factors of linear models of discrete time random processes.

Acknowledgements

The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Ronald M. Aarts of

the Philips Research Labs in correcting many typos and errors in the 1993

revision, Liu Mingyu in pointing out errors corrected in the 1998 revision,

Paolo Tilli of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa for pointing out an in-

correct corollary and providing the correction, and to David Neuhoﬀ of the

University of Michigan for pointing out several typographical errors and some

confusing notation.

Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 The Asymptotic Behavior of Matrices 5

3 Circulant Matrices 15

4 Toeplitz Matrices 19

4.1 Finite Order Toeplitz Matrices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

4.2 Toeplitz Matrices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

4.3 Toeplitz Determinants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

**5 Applications to Stochastic Time Series 47
**

5.1 Moving Average Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

5.2 Autoregressive Processes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

5.3 Factorization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

5.4 Diﬀerential Entropy Rate of Gaussian Processes . . . . . . . . 57

Bibliography 58

1

2 CONTENTS

Chapter 1

Introduction

**A toeplitz matrix is an n × n matrix Tn = tk,j where tk,j = tk−j , i.e., a matrix
**

of the form

t0 t−1 t−2 · · · t−(n−1)

t t0 t−1

1

..

Tn =

t2 t1 t0 . .

(1.1)

.. . ..

.

tn−1 ··· t0

Examples of such matrices are covariance matrices of weakly stationary

stochastic time series and matrix representations of linear time-invariant dis-

crete time ﬁlters. There are numerous other applications in mathematics,

physics, information theory, estimation theory, etc. A great deal is known

about the behavior of such matrices — the most common and complete ref-

erences being Grenander and Szegö [1] and Widom [2]. A more recent text

devoted to the subject is Böttcher and Silbermann [15]. Unfortunately, how-

ever, the necessary level of mathematical sophistication for understanding

reference [1] is frequently beyond that of one species of applied mathemati-

cian for whom the theory can be quite useful but is relatively little under-

stood. This caste consists of engineers doing relatively mathematical (for an

engineering background) work in any of the areas mentioned. This apparent

dilemma provides the motivation for attempting a tutorial introduction on

Toeplitz matrices that proves the essential theorems using the simplest possi-

ble and most intuitive mathematics. Some simple and fundamental methods

that are deeply buried (at least to the untrained mathematician) in [1] are

here made explicit.

3

4 CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION

**In addition to the fundamental theorems, several related results that nat-
**

urally follow but do not appear to be collected together anywhere are pre-

sented.

The essential prerequisites for this report are a knowledge of matrix the-

ory, an engineer’s knowledge of Fourier series and random processes, calculus

(Riemann integration), and hopefully a ﬁrst course in analysis. Several of the

occasional results required of analysis are usually contained in one or more

courses in the usual engineering curriculum, e.g., the Cauchy-Schwarz and

triangle inequalities. Hopefully the only unfamiliar results are a corollary to

the Courant-Fischer Theorem and the Weierstrass Approximation Theorem.

The latter is an intuitive result which is easily believed even if not formally

proved. More advanced results from Lebesgue integration, functional analy-

sis, and Fourier series are not used.

The main approach of this report is to relate the properties of Toeplitz

matrices to those of their simpler, more structured cousin — the circulant or

cyclic matrix. These two matrices are shown to be asymptotically equivalent

in a certain sense and this is shown to imply that eigenvalues, inverses, prod-

ucts, and determinants behave similarly. This approach provides a simpliﬁed

and direct path (to the author’s point of view) to the basic eigenvalue distri-

bution and related theorems. This method is implicit but not immediately

apparent in the more complicated and more general results of Grenander

in Chapter 7 of [1]. The basic results for the special case of a ﬁnite order

Toeplitz matrix appeared in [16], a tutorial treatment of the simplest case

which was in turn based on the ﬁrst draft of this work. The results were sub-

sequently generalized using essentially the same simple methods, but they

remain less general than those of [1].

As an application several of the results are applied to study certain models

of discrete time random processes. Two common linear models are studied

and some intuitively satisfying results on covariance matrices and their fac-

tors are given. As an example from Shannon information theory, the Toeplitz

results regarding the limiting behavior of determinants is applied to ﬁnd the

diﬀerential entropy rate of a stationary Gaussian random process.

We sacriﬁces mathematical elegance and generality for conceptual sim-

plicity in the hope that this will bring an understanding of the interesting

and useful properties of Toeplitz matrices to a wider audience, speciﬁcally

to those who have lacked either the background or the patience to tackle the

mathematical literature on the subject.

Chapter 2

**The Asymptotic Behavior of
**

Matrices

**In this chapter we begin with relevant deﬁnitions and a prerequisite theo-
**

rem and proceed to a discussion of the asymptotic eigenvalue, product, and

inverse behavior of sequences of matrices. The remaining chapters of this

report will largely be applications of the tools and results of this chapter to

the special cases of Toeplitz and circulant matrices.

The eigenvalues λk and the eigenvectors (n-tuples) xk of an n × n matrix

M are the solutions to the equation

M x = λx (2.1)

and hence the eigenvalues are the roots of the characteristic equation of M :

det(M − λI) = 0 . (2.2)

**If M is Hermitian, i.e., if M = M ∗ , where the asterisk denotes conjugate
**

transpose, then a more useful description of the eigenvalues is the variational

description given by the Courant-Fischer Theorem [3, p. 116]. While we will

not have direct need of this theorem, we will use the following important

corollary which is stated below without proof.

**Corollary 2.1 Deﬁne the Rayleigh quotient of an Hermitian matrix H and
**

a vector (complex n−tuple) x by

RH (x) = (x∗ Hx)/(x∗ x). (2.3)

5

6 CHAPTER 2. THE ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR OF MATRICES

**Let ηM and ηm be the maximum and minimum eigenvalues of H, respectively.
**

Then

ηm = min RH (x) = min

∗

x∗ Hx (2.4)

x x x=1

ηM = max RH (x) = max

x ∗

x∗ Hx (2.5)

x x=1

**This corollary will be useful in specifying the interval containing the eigen-
**

values of an Hermitian matrix.

The following lemma is useful when studying non-Hermitian matrices

and products of Hermitian matrices. Its proof is given since it introduces

and manipulates some important concepts.

**Lemma 2.1 Let A be a matrix with eigenvalues αk . Deﬁne the eigenvalues
**

of the Hermitian matrix A∗ A to be λk . Then

n−1

n−1

λk ≥ |αk |2 , (2.6)

k=0 k=0

**with equality iﬀ (if and only if ) A is normal, that is, iﬀ A∗ A = AA∗ . (If A
**

is Hermitian, it is also normal.)

Proof.

The trace of a matrix is the sum of the diagonal elements of a matrix.

The trace is invariant to unitary operations so that it also is equal to the

sum of the eigenvalues of a matrix, i.e.,

n−1

n−1

Tr{A∗ A} = (A∗ A)k,k = λk . (2.7)

k=0 k=0

Any complex matrix A can be written as

A = W RW ∗ . (2.8)

where W is unitary and R = {rk,j } is an upper triangular matrix [3, p. 79].

The eigenvalues of A are the principal diagonal elements of R. We have

n−1

n−1

Tr{A∗ A} = Tr{R∗ R} = |rj,k |2

k=0 j=0

. (2.9)

n−1

n−1

= |αk |2 + |rj,k |2 ≥ |αk |2

k=0 k=j k=0

7

**Equation (2.9) will hold with equality iﬀ R is diagonal and hence iﬀ A is
**

normal.

Lemma 2.1 is a direct consequence of Shur’s Theorem [3, pp. 229-231]

and is also proved in [1, p. 106].

To study the asymptotic equivalence of matrices we require a metric or

equivalently a norm of the appropriate kind. Two norms — the operator or

strong norm and the Hilbert-Schmidt or weak norm — will be used here [1,

pp. 102-103].

Let A be a matrix with eigenvalues αk and let λk be the eigenvalues of

the Hermitian matrix A∗ A. The strong norm A is deﬁned by

A = max

x

RA∗ A (x)1/2 = max

∗

[x∗ A∗ Ax]1/2 . (2.10)

x x=1

From Corollary 2.1

∆

A 2 = max λk = λM . (2.11)

k

**The strong norm of A can be bounded below by letting eM be the eigenvector
**

of A corresponding to αM , the eigenvalue of A having largest absolute value:

A 2 = max

∗

x∗ A∗ Ax ≥ (e∗M A∗ )(AeM ) = |αM |2 . (2.12)

x x=1

**If A is itself Hermitian, then its eigenvalues αk are real and the eigenvalues
**

λk of A∗ A are simply λk = αk2 . This follows since if e(k) is an eigenvector of A

with eigenvalue αk , then A∗ Ae(k) = αk A∗ e(k) = αk2 e(k) . Thus, in particular,

if A is Hermitian then

A = max |αk | = |αM |. (2.13)

k

**The weak norm of an n × n matrix A = {ak,j } is deﬁned by
**

1/2
1/2

n−1

n−1

n−1

−1 −1 ∗ −1

|A| = n 2

|ak,j | = (n Tr[A A]) 1/2

= n λk . (2.14)

k=0 j=0 k=0

**From Lemma 2.1 we have
**

n−1

−1

|A| ≥ n

2

|αk |2 , (2.15)

k=0

**with equality iﬀ A is normal.
**

8 CHAPTER 2. THE ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR OF MATRICES

**The Hilbert-Schmidt norm is the “weaker” of the two norms since
**

n−1

−1

A = max λk ≥ n

2

λk = |A|2 . (2.16)

k

k=0

**A matrix is said to be bounded if it is bounded in both norms.
**

Note that both the strong and the weak norms are in fact norms in the

linear space of matrices, i.e., both satisfy the following three axioms:

1. A ≥ 0 , with equality iﬀ A = 0 , the all zero matrix.

2. A + B ≤ A + B

(2.17)

3. cA = |c|· A

.

**The triangle inequality in (2.17) will be used often as is the following direct
**

consequence:

A − B ≥ | A − B . (2.18)

The weak norm is usually the most useful and easiest to handle of the

two but the strong norm is handy in providing a bound for the product of

two matrices as shown in the next lemma.

Lemma 2.2 Given two n × n matrices G = {gk,j } and H = {hk,j }, then

|GH| ≤ G ·|H|. (2.19)

Proof.

|GH|2 = n−1 | gi,k hk,j |2

i j k

= n−1 gi,k ḡi,m hk,j h̄m,j (2.20)

i j k m

= n−1 h∗j G∗ Ghj ,

j

9

**where ∗ denotes conjugate transpose and hj is the j th column of H. From
**

(2.10)

(h∗j G∗ Ghj )/(h∗j hj ) ≤ G 2

and therefore

|GH|2 ≤ n−1 G 2 h∗j hj = G 2 ·|H|2 .

j

**Lemma 2.2 is the matrix equivalent of 7.3a of [1, p. 103]. Note that the
**

lemma does not require that G or H be Hermitian.

We will be considering n × n matrices that approximate each other when

n is large. As might be expected, we will use the weak norm of the diﬀerence

of two matrices as a measure of the “distance” between them. Two sequences

of n × n matrices An and Bn are said to be asymptotically equivalent if

1. An and Bn are uniformly bounded in strong (and hence in weak) norm:

An , Bn ≤ M < ∞ (2.21)

and

2. An − Bn = Dn goes to zero in weak norm as n → ∞:

lim |An − Bn | = n→∞

n→∞

lim |Dn | = 0.

**Asymptotic equivalence of An and Bn will be abbreviated An ∼ Bn . If one
**

of the two matrices is Toeplitz, then the other is said to be asymptotically

Toeplitz. We can immediately prove several properties of asymptotic equiv-

alence which are collected in the following theorem.

Theorem 2.1

1. If An ∼ Bn , then

lim |An | = lim |Bn |. (2.22)

n→∞ n→∞

2. If An ∼ Bn and Bn ∼ Cn , then An ∼ Cn .

3. If An ∼ Bn and Cn ∼ Dn , then An Cn ∼ Bn Dn .

10 CHAPTER 2. THE ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR OF MATRICES

4. If An ∼ Bn and A−1 −1 −1 −1

n , Bn ≤ K < ∞, i.e., An and Bn exist

and are uniformly bounded by some constant independent of n, then

A−1 −1

n ∼ Bn .

5. If An Bn ∼ Cn and A−1 −1

n ≤ K < ∞, then Bn ∼ An Cn .

Proof.

**1. Eqs. (2.22) follows directly from (2.17).
**

−→

2. |An − Cn | = |An − Bn + Bn − Cn | ≤ |An − Bn | + |Bn − Cn | n→∞ 0

3. Applying Lemma 2.2 yields

|An Cn − Bn Dn | = |An Cn − An Dn + An Dn − Bn Dn |

−→

≤ An ·|Cn − Dn |+ Dn ·|An − Bn | n→∞ 0.

4. |A−1 −1 −1 −1 −1

n − Bn | = |Bn Bn An − Bn An An

−→

≤ Bn−1 · A−1

n ·|Bn − An | n→∞ 0.

5. Bn − A−1 −1 −1

n Cn = An An Bn − An Cn

−→

≤ A−1

n ·|An Bn − Cn | n→∞ 0.

**The above results will be useful in several of the later proofs.
**

Asymptotic equality of matrices will be shown to imply that eigenvalues,

products, and inverses behave similarly. The following lemma provides a

prelude of the type of result obtainable for eigenvalues and will itself serve

as the essential part of the more general theorem to follow.

**Lemma 2.3 Given two sequences of asymptotically equivalent matrices An
**

and Bn with eigenvalues αn,k and βn,k , respectively, then

n−1

n−1

lim n−1 αn,k = lim n−1 βn,k . (2.23)

n→∞ n→∞

k=0 k=0

11

Proof.

Let Dn = {dk,j } = An − Bn . Eq. (2.23) is equivalent to

n→∞

lim n−1 Tr(Dn ) = 0. (2.24)

**Applying the Cauchy-Schwartz inequality [4, p. 17] to Tr(Dn ) yields
**

2

n−1

n−1

|Tr(Dn )|2 =

dk,k

≤n |dk,k |2

k=0 k=0

.

n−1

n−1

≤ n |dk,j |2 = n2 |Dn |2 .

k=0 j=0

**Dividing by n2 , and taking the limit, results in
**

−→

0 ≤ |n−1 Tr(Dn )|2 ≤ |Dn |2 n→∞ 0. (2.25)

**which implies (2.24) and hence (2.23).
**

Similarly to (2.23), if An and Bn are Hermitian then (2.22) and (2.15)

imply that

n−1

n−1

−1 2 −1 2

lim n αn,k = n→∞

lim n βn,k . (2.26)

n→∞

k=0 k=0

**Note that (2.23) and (2.26) relate limiting sample (arithmetic) averages of
**

eigenvalues or moments of an eigenvalue distribution rather than individual

eigenvalues. Equations (2.23) and (2.26) are special cases of the following

fundamental theorem of asymptotic eigenvalue distribution.

**Theorem 2.2 Let An and Bn be asymptotically equivalent sequences of ma-
**

trices with eigenvalues αn,k and βn,k , respectively. Assume that the eigenvalue

n−1

lim n−1

moments of either matrix converge, e.g., n→∞ s

αn,k exists and is ﬁnite

k=0

for any positive integer s. Then

n−1

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

s

αn,k lim n−1

= n→∞ s

βn,k . (2.27)

k=0 k=0

12 CHAPTER 2. THE ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR OF MATRICES

Proof.

∆

Let An = Bn + Dn as in Lemma 2.3 and consider Asn − Bns = ∆n . Since

the eigenvalues of Asn are αn,k

s

, (2.27) can be written in terms of ∆n as

lim n−1 Tr∆n = 0.

n→∞

(2.28)

**The matrix ∆n is a sum of several terms each being a product of ∆n s and
**

Bn s but containing at least one Dn . Repeated application of Lemma 2.2 thus

gives

−→

|∆n | ≤ K |Dn | n→∞ 0. (2.29)

where K does not depend on n. Equation (2.29) allows us to apply Lemma

2.3 to the matrices Asn and Dns to obtain (2.28) and hence (2.27).

Theorem 2.2 is the fundamental theorem concerning asymptotic eigen-

value behavior. Most of the succeeding results on eigenvalues will be appli-

cations or specializations of (2.27).

Since (2.26) holds for any positive integer s we can add sums correspond-

ing to diﬀerent values of s to each side of (2.26). This observation immedi-

ately yields the following corollary.

**Corollary 2.2 Let An and Bn be asymptotically equivalent sequences of ma-
**

trices with eigenvalues αn,k and βn,k , respectively, and let f (x) be any poly-

nomial. Then

n−1

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

lim n−1

f (αn,k ) = n→∞ f (βn,k ) . (2.30)

k=0 k=0

**Whether or not An and Bn are Hermitian, Corollary 2.2 implies that
**

(2.30) can hold for any analytic function f (x) since such functions can be

expanded into complex Taylor series, i.e., into polynomials. If An and Bn

are Hermitian, however, then a much stronger result is possible. In this

case the eigenvalues of both matrices are real and we can invoke the Stone-

Weierstrass approximation Theorem [4, p. 146] to immediately generalize

Corollary 2.3. This theorem, our one real excursion into analysis, is stated

below for reference.

Theorem 2.3 (Stone-Weierstrass) If F (x) is a continuous complex function

on [a, b], there exists a sequence of polynomials pn (x) such that

lim pn (x) = F (x)

n→∞

13

uniformly on [a, b].

**Stated simply, any continuous function deﬁned on a real interval can be
**

approximated arbitrarily closely by a polynomial. Applying Theorem 2.3 to

Corollary 2.2 immediately yields the following theorem:

**Theorem 2.4 Let An and Bn be asymptotically equivalent sequences of Her-
**

mitian matrices with eigenvalues αn,k and βn,k , respectively. Since An and

Bn are bounded there exist ﬁnite numbers m and M such that

m ≤ αn,k , βn,k ≤ M , n = 1, 2, . . . k = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1. (2.31)

**Let F (x) be an arbitrary function continuous on [m, M ]. Then
**

n−1

n−1

−1 −1

lim n

n→∞

F [αn,k ] = n→∞

lim n F [βn,k ] (2.32)

k=0 k=0

if either of the limits exists.

**Theorem 2.4 is the matrix equivalent of Theorem (7.4a) of [1]. When two
**

real sequences {αn,k ; k = 0, 1, . . . , n−1} and {βn,k ; k = 0, 1, . . . , n−1} satisfy

(2.31)-(2.32), they are said to be asymptotically equally distributed [1, p. 62].

As an example of the use of Theorem 2.4 we prove the following corollary

on the determinants of asymptotically equivalent matrices.

**Corollary 2.3 Let An and Bn be asymptotically equivalent Hermitian matri-
**

ces with eigenvalues αn,k and βn,k , respectively, such that αn,k , βn,k ≥ m > 0.

Then

lim (det An )1/n = lim (det Bn )1/n . (2.33)

n→∞ n→∞

Proof.

From Theorem 2.4 we have for F (x) = ln x

n−1

n−1

lim n−1 lim n−1

ln αn,k = n→∞ ln βn,k

n→∞

k=0 k=0

14 CHAPTER 2. THE ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR OF MATRICES

and hence

n−1

n−1

−1 −1

lim exp n

n→∞

ln αn,k = lim exp n

n→∞

ln βn,k

k=0 k=0

or equivalently

**lim exp[n−1 ln det An ] = lim exp[n−1 ln det Bn ],
**

n→∞ n→∞

**from which (2.33) follows.
**

With suitable mathematical care the above corollary can be extended to

the case where αn,k , βn,k > 0, but there is no m satisfying the hypothesis of

the corollary, i.e., where the eigenvalues can get arbitrarily small but are still

strictly positive.

In the preceding chapter the concept of asymptotic equivalence of matri-

ces was deﬁned and its implications studied. The main consequences have

been the behavior of inverses and products (Theorem 2.1) and eigenvalues

(Theorems 2.2 and 2.4). These theorems do not concern individual entries

in the matrices or individual eigenvalues, rather they describe an “average”

−1 −→

behavior. Thus saying A−1 −1 −1

n ∼ Bn means that that |An − Bn | n→∞ 0 and

says nothing about convergence of individual entries in the matrix. In certain

cases stronger results on a type of elementwise convergence are possible using

the stronger norm of Baxter [7, 8]. Baxter’s results are beyond the scope of

this report.

The major use of the theorems of this chapter is that we can often study

the asymptotic behavior of complicated matrices by studying a more struc-

tured and simpler asymptotically equivalent matrix.

Chapter 3

Circulant Matrices

**The properties of circulant matrices are well known and easily derived [3, p.
**

267],[19]. Since these matrices are used both to approximate and explain the

behavior of Toeplitz matrices, it is instructive to present one version of the

relevant derivations here.

A circulant matrix C is one having the form

c0 c1 c2 · · · cn−1

..

cn−1 c0 c1 c2 .

...

cn−1 c0 c1

C= , (3.1)

.. ... ... ...

. c2

c1

c1 ··· cn−1 c0

where each row is a cyclic shift of the row above it. The matrix C is itself

a special type of Toeplitz matrix. The eigenvalues ψk and the eigenvectors

y (k) of C are the solutions of

Cy = ψ y (3.2)

or, equivalently, of the n diﬀerence equations

m−1

n−1

cn−m+k yk + ck−m yk = ψ ym ; m = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1. (3.3)

k=0 k=m

**Changing the summation dummy variable results in
**

n−1−m

n−1

ck yk+m + ck yk−(n−m) = ψ ym ; m = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1. (3.4)

k=0 k=n−m

15

16 CHAPTER 3. CIRCULANT MATRICES

**One can solve diﬀerence equations as one solves diﬀerential equations — by
**

guessing an (hopefully) intuitive solution and then proving that it works.

Since the equation is linear with constant coeﬃcients a reasonable guess is

yk = ρk (analogous to y(t) = esτ in linear time invariant diﬀerential equa-

tions). Substitution into (3.4) and cancellation of ρm yields

n−1−m

n−1

ck ρk + ρ−n ck ρk = ψ.

k=0 k=n−m

**Thus if we choose ρ−n = 1, i.e., ρ is one of the n distinct complex nth roots
**

of unity, then we have an eigenvalue

n−1

ψ= c k ρk (3.5)

k=0

**with corresponding eigenvector
**

y = n−1/2 1, ρ, ρ2 , . . . , ρn−1 , (3.6)

**where the normalization is chosen to give the eigenvector unit energy. Choos-
**

ing ρj as the complex nth root of unity, ρj = e−2πij/n , we have eigenvalue

n−1

ψm = ck e−2πimk/n (3.7)

k=0

and eigenvector

y (m) = n−1/2 1, e−2πim/n , · · · , e−2πi(n−1)/n .

**From (3.7) we can write
**

C = U ∗ ΨU, (3.8)

where

U = y (0) |y (1) | · · · |y (n−1)

= n−1 e−2πimk/n ; m, k = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1

Ψ = {ψk δk,j }

17

To verify (3.8) we note that the (k, j)th element of C, say ak,j , is

n−1

−1

ak,j = n e2πim(k−j)/n ψm

m=0

n−1

n−1

= n−1 e2πim(k−j)/n cr e2πimr/n (3.9)

m=0 r=0

n−1

n−1

= n−1 cr e2πim(k−j+r)/n .

r=0 m=0

But we have

n−1

n k − j = −r mod n

2πim(k−j+r)/n

e =

m=0

0 otherwise

**so that ak,j = c−(k−j) mod n . Thus (3.8) and (3.1) are equivalent. Furthermore
**

(3.9) shows that any matrix expressible in the form (3.8) is circulant.

Since C is unitarily similar to a diagonal matrix it is normal. Note that

all circulant matrices have the same set of eigenvectors. This leads to the

following properties.

**Theorem 3.1 Let C = {ck−j } and B = {bk−j } be circulant n × n matrices
**

with eigenvalues

n−1

ψm = ck e−2πimk/n

k=0

n−1

βm = bk e−2πimk/n ,

k=0

respectively.

1. C and B commute and

CB = BC = U ∗ γU ,

**where γ = {ψm βm δk,m }, and CB is also a circulant matrix.
**

18 CHAPTER 3. CIRCULANT MATRICES

2. C + B is a circulant matrix and

C + B = U ∗ ΩU,

where Ω = {(ψm + βm )δk,m }

3. If ψm = 0; m = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1, then C is nonsingular and

C −1 = U ∗ Ψ−1 U

so that the inverse of C can be straightforwardly constructed.

Proof.

We have C = U ∗ ΨU and B = U ∗ ΦU where Ψ and Φ are diagonal matrices

with elements ψm δk,m and βm φk,m , respectively.

1. CB = U ∗ ΨU U ∗ ΦU

= U ∗ ΨΦU

= U ∗ ΦΨU = BC

Since ΨΦ is diagonal, (3.9) implies that CB is circulant.

2. C + B = U ∗ (Ψ + Φ)U

3. C −1 = (U ∗ ΨU )−1

= U ∗ Ψ−1 U

if Ψ is nonsingular.

**Circulant matrices are an especially tractable class of matrices since in-
**

verses, products, and sums are also circulants and hence both straightforward

to construct and normal. In addition the eigenvalues of such matrices can

easily be found exactly.

In the next chapter we shall see that certain circulant matrices asymp-

totically approximate Toeplitz matrices and hence from Chapter 2 results

similar to those in Theorem 3 will hold asymptotically for Toeplitz matrices.

Chapter 4

Toeplitz Matrices

**In this chapter the asymptotic behavior of inverses, products, eigenvalues,
**

and determinants of ﬁnite Toeplitz matrices is derived by constructing an

asymptotically equivalent circulant matrix and applying the results of the

previous chapters. Consider the inﬁnite sequence {tk ; k = 0, ±1, ±2, · · ·} and

deﬁne the ﬁnite (n × n) Toeplitz matrix Tn = {tk−j } as in (1.1). Toeplitz

matrices can be classiﬁed by the restrictions placed on the sequence tk . If

there exists a ﬁnite m such that tk = 0, |k| > m, then Tn is said to be a

ﬁnite order Toeplitz matrix. If tk is an inﬁnite sequence, then there are two

common constraints. The most general is to assume that the tk are square

summable, i.e., that

∞

|tk |2 < ∞ . (4.1)

k=−∞

**Unfortunately this case requires mathematical machinery beyond that as-
**

sumed in this paper; i.e., Lebesgue integration and a relatively advanced

knowledge of Fourier series. We will make the stronger assumption that the

tk are absolutely summable, i.e.,

∞

|tk | < ∞. (4.2)

k=−∞

**This assumption greatly simpliﬁes the mathematics but does not alter the
**

fundamental concepts involved. As the main purpose here is tutorial and we

wish chieﬂy to relay the ﬂavor and an intuitive feel for the results, this paper

will be conﬁned to the absolutely summable case. The main advantage of

(4.2) over (4.1) is that it ensures the existence and continuity of the Fourier

19

20 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

series f (λ) deﬁned by

∞

n

f (λ) = tk eikλ = n→∞

lim tk eikλ . (4.3)

k=−∞ k=−n

**Not only does the limit in (4.3) converge if (4.2) holds, it converges uniformly
**

for all λ, that is, we have that

−n−1 ∞

n

f (λ) − t eikλ

= tk eikλ + tk eikλ

k

k=−n k=−∞ k=n+1

−n−1 ∞

≤ ikλ

tk e + ikλ

tk e ,

k=−∞ k=n+1

−n−1

∞

≤ |tk | + |tk |

k=−∞ k=n+1

**where the righthand side does not depend on λ and it goes to zero as n → ∞
**

from (4.2), thus given / there is a single N , not depending on λ, such that

n

f (λ) − t eikλ

≤ / , all λ ∈ [0, 2π] , if n ≥ N. (4.4)

k

k=−n

**Note that (4.2) is indeed a stronger constraint than (4.1) since
**

2

∞

∞

|tk |2 ≤ |tk | .

k=−∞ k=−∞

**Note also that (4.2) implies that f (λ) is bounded since
**

∞

|f (λ)| ≤ |tk eikλ |

k=−∞

∞

∆

≤ |tk | = M|f | < ∞ .

k=−∞

**The matrix Tn will be Hermitian if and only if f is real, in which case we
**

denote the least upper bound and greatest lower bound of f (λ) by Mf and

mf , respectively. Observe that max(|mf |, |Mf |) ≤ M|f | .

21

**Since f (λ) is the Fourier series of the sequence tk , we could alternatively
**

begin with a bounded and hence Riemann integrable function f (λ) on [0, 2π]

(|f (λ)| ≤ M|f | < ∞ for all λ) and deﬁne the sequence of n × n Toeplitz

matrices

2π

Tn (f ) = (2π)−1 f (λ)e−i(k−j) dλ ; k, j = 0, 1, · · · , n − 1 . (4.5)

0

**As before, the Toeplitz matrices will be Hermitian iﬀ f is real. The as-
**

sumption that f (λ) is Riemann integrable implies that f (λ) is continuous

except possibly at a countable number of points. Which assumption is made

depends on whether one begins with a sequence tk or a function f (λ) —

either assumption will be equivalent for our purposes since it is the Riemann

integrability of f (λ) that simpliﬁes the bookkeeping in either case. Before

ﬁnding a simple asymptotic equivalent matrix to Tn , we use Corollary 2.1

to ﬁnd a bound on the eigenvalues of Tn when it is Hermitian and an upper

bound to the strong norm in the general case.

**Lemma 4.1 Let τn,k be the eigenvalues of a Toeplitz matrix Tn (f ). If Tn (f )
**

is Hermitian, then

mf ≤ τn,k ≤ Mf . (4.6)

Whether or not Tn (f ) is Hermitian,

Tn (f ) ≤ 2M|f | (4.7)

so that the matrix is uniformly bounded over n if f is bounded.

Proof.

Property (4.6) follows from Corollary 2.1:

max τn,k = max(x∗ Tn x)/(x∗ x) (4.8)

k x

min τn,k = min(x∗ Tn x)/(x∗ x)

k x

22 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

so that

n−1

n−1

x∗ Tn x = tk−j xk x̄j

k=0 j=0

!

n−1

n−1 2π "

= (2π)−1 f (λ)ei(k−j)λ dλ xk x̄j (4.9)

k=0 j=0 0

2π n−1

2

ikλ

= (2π)−1

x ke f (λ) dλ

0 k=0

and likewise

n−1 2π

n−1

∗ −1

x x= |xk | = (2π)

2

dλ| xk eikλ |2 . (4.10)

k=0 0 k=0

Combining (4.9)-(4.10) results in

2π 2

n−1

ikλ

dλf (λ) xk e

0 x∗ Tn x

mf ≤ 2π

k=0

2 = ≤ Mf , (4.11)

n−1

x∗ x

dλ xk eikλ

0 k=0

**which with (4.8) yields (4.6). Alternatively, observe in (4.11) that if e(k) is
**

the eigenvector associated with τn,k , then the quadratic form with x = e(k)

#

yields x∗ Tn x = τn,k n−1k=0 |xk | . Thus (4.11) implies (4.6) directly.

2

**We have already seen in (2.13) that if Tn (f ) is Hermitian, then Tn (f ) =
**

∆

maxk |τn,k | = |τn,M |, which we have just shown satisﬁes |τn,M | ≤ max(|Mf |, |mf |)

which in turn must be less than M|f | , which proves (4.7) for Hermitian ma-

trices.. Suppose that Tn (f ) is not Hermitian or, equivalently, that f is not

real. Any function f can be written in terms of its real and imaginary parts,

f = fr + ifi , where both fr and fi are real. In particular, fr = (f + f ∗ )/2

and fi = (f − f ∗ )/2i. Since the strong norm is a norm,

Tn (f ) = Tn (fr + ifi )

= Tn (fr ) + iTn (fi )

≤ Tn (fr ) + Tn (fi )

≤ M|fr | + M|fi | .

4.1. FINITE ORDER TOEPLITZ MATRICES 23

Since |(f ± f ∗ )/2 ≤ (|f | + |f ∗ |)/2 ≤ M|f | , M|fr | + M|fi | ≤ 2M|f | , proving (4.7).

**Note for later use that the weak norm between Toeplitz matrices has a
**

simpler form than (2.14). Let Tn = {tk−j } and Tn = {tk−j } be Toeplitz, then

by collecting equal terms we have

n−1

n−1

|Tn − Tn |2 = n−1 |tk−j − tk−j |2

k=0 j=0

n−1

= n−1 (n − |k|)|tk − tk |2

k=−(n−1) . (4.12)

n−1

= (1 − |k|/n)|tk − tk |2

k=−(n−1)

**We are now ready to put all the pieces together to study the asymptotic
**

behavior of Tn . If we can ﬁnd an asymptotically equivalent circulant matrix

then all of the results of Chapters 2 and 3 can be instantly applied. The

main diﬀerence between the derivations for the ﬁnite and inﬁnite order case

is the circulant matrix chosen. Hence to gain some feel for the matrix chosen

we ﬁrst consider the simpler ﬁnite order case where the answer is obvious,

and then generalize in a natural way to the inﬁnite order case.

4.1 Finite Order Toeplitz Matrices

**Let Tn be a sequence of ﬁnite order Toeplitz matrices of order m + 1, that is,
**

ti = 0 unless |i| ≤ m. Since we are interested in the behavior or Tn for large n

we choose n >> m. A typical Toeplitz matrix will then have the appearance

of the following matrix, possessing a band of nonzero entries down the central

diagonal and zeros everywhere else. With the exception of the upper left and

lower right hand corners that Tn looks like a circulant matrix, i.e. each row

24 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**is the row above shifted to the right one place.
**

t0 t−1 · · · t−m

t1 t0

..

. 0

.. ..

. .

tm

..

.

T = . (4.13)

tm ··· t1 t0 t−1 · · · t−m

...

t−m

..

.

0 t0 t−1

tm ··· t1 t0

**We can make this matrix exactly into a circulant if we ﬁll in the upper right
**

and lower left corners with the appropriate entries. Deﬁne the circulant

matrix C in just this way, i.e.

t0 t−1 · · · t−m tm ··· t1

..

...

t1 .

tm

. ...

..

tm 0

...

T =

tm t1 t0 t−1 · · · t−m

...

0 t−m

t−m

.. ... ..

. .

t0 t−1

t−1 ··· t−m tm · · · t1 t0

4.1. FINITE ORDER TOEPLITZ MATRICES 25

(n) (n)

c0 ··· cn−1

(n)

cn−1 c0

(n)

···

= . (4.14)

..

.

(n) (n) (n)

c1 cn−1 c0

(n) (n)

Equivalently, C, consists of cyclic shifts of (c0 , · · · , cn−1 ) where

t−k k = 0, 1, · · · , m

(n)

ck = (4.15)

t(n−k)

k = n − m, · · · , n − 1

0 otherwise

**Given Tn (f ), the circulant matrix deﬁned as in (4.14)-(4.15) is denoted Cn (f ).
**

The matrix Cn (f ) is intuitively a candidate for a simple matrix asymp-

totically equivalent to Tn (f ) — we need only prove that it is indeed both

asymptotically equivalent and simple.

**Lemma 4.2 The matrices Tn and Cn deﬁned in (4.13) and (4.14) are asymp-
**

totically equivalent, i.e., both are bounded in the strong norm and.

lim |Tn − Cn | = 0. (4.16)

n→∞

**Proof. The tk are obviously absolutely summable, so Tn are uniformly
**

bounded by 2M|f | from Lemma 4.1. The matrices Cn are also uniformly

bounded since Cn∗ Cn is a circulant matrix with eigenvalues |f (2πk/n)|2 ≤

4M|f2 | . The weak norm of the diﬀerence is

m

|Tn − Cn |2 = n−1 k(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 )

k=0

.

m

−→

≤ mn−1 (|tk |2 + |t−k |2 ) n→∞ 0

k=0

26 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**The above Lemma is almost trivial since the matrix Tn − Cn has fewer
**

than m2 non-zero entries and hence the n−1 in the weak norm drives |Tn −Cn |

to zero.

From Lemma 4.2 and Theorem 2.2 we have the following lemma:

**Lemma 4.3 Let Tn and Cn be as in (4.13) and (4.14) and let their eigen-
**

values be τn,k and ψn,k , respectively, then for any positive integer s

n−1

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

s

τn,k lim n−1

= n→∞ s

ψn,k . (4.17)

k=0 k=0

**In fact, for ﬁnite n,
**

−1 s

n−1 n−1

−1 s

n

τn,k −n ψn,k

≤ Kn−1/2 , (4.18)

k=0 k=0

where K is not a function of n.

Proof.

Equation (4.17) is direct from Lemma 4.2 and Theorem 2.2. Equation

(4.18) follows from Lemma 2.3 and Lemma 4.2.

Lemma 4.3 is of interest in that for ﬁnite order Toeplitz matrices one can

ﬁnd the rate of convergence of the eigenvalue moments. It can be shown that

k ≤ sMfs−1 .

The above two lemmas show that we can immediately apply the results

of Section II to Tn and Cn . Although Theorem 2.1 gives us immediate hope

of fruitfully studying inverses and products of Toeplitz matrices, it is not yet

clear that we have simpliﬁed the study of the eigenvalues. The next lemma

clariﬁes that we have indeed found a useful approximation.

**Lemma 4.4 Let Cn (f ) be constructed from Tn (f ) as in (4.14) and let ψn,k
**

be the eigenvalues of Cn (f ), then for any positive integer s we have

n−1 2π

lim n−1 s

ψn,k = (2π)−1 f s (λ) dλ. (4.19)

n→∞ 0

k=0

4.1. FINITE ORDER TOEPLITZ MATRICES 27

**If Tn (f ) and hence Cn (f ) are Hermitian, then for any function F (x) contin-
**

uous on [mf , Mf ] we have

n−1 2π

lim n−1

n→∞

F (ψn,k ) = (2π)−1 F [f (λ)] dλ. (4.20)

k=0 0

Proof.

From Chapter 3 we have exactly

n−1

ck e−2πijk/n

(n)

ψn,j =

k=0

m

n−1

= t−k e−2πijk/n + tn−k e−2πijk/n . (4.21)

k=0 k=n−m

m

= tk e−2πijk/n = f (2πjn−1 )

k=−m

**Note that the eigenvalues of Cn are simply the values of f (λ) with λ uniformly
**

spaced between 0 and 2π. Deﬁning 2πk/n = λk and 2π/n = ∆λ we have

n−1

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

s

ψn,k = lim n−1

n→∞

f (2πk/n)s

k=0 k=0

n−1

= lim f (λk )s ∆λ/(2π)

n→∞

k=0

2π

= (2π)−1 f (λ)s dλ, (4.22)

0

**where the continuity of f (λ) guarantees the existence of the limit of (4.22)
**

as a Riemann integral. If Tn and Cn are Hermitian than the ψn,k and f (λ)

are real and application of the Stone-Weierstrass theorem to (4.22) yields

(4.20). Lemma 4.2 and (4.21) ensure that ψn,k and τn,k are in the real interval

[mf , Mf ].

Combining Lemmas 4.2-4.4 and Theorem 2.2 we have the following special

case of the fundamental eigenvalue distribution theorem.

28 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**Theorem 4.1 If Tn (f ) is a ﬁnite order Toeplitz matrix with eigenvalues τn,k ,
**

then for any positive integer s

n−1 2π

−1 s −1

lim n τn,k = (2π) f (λ)s dλ. (4.23)

n→∞ 0

k=0

**Furthermore, if Tn (f ) is Hermitian, then for any function F (x) continuous
**

on [mf , Mf ]

n−1 2π

−1 −1

lim n

n→∞

F (τn,k ) = (2π) F [f (λ)] dλ; (4.24)

k=0 0

i.e., the sequences τn,k and f (2πk/n) are asymptotically equally distributed.

**This behavior should seem reasonable since the equations Tn x = τ x and
**

Cn x = ψx, n > 2m + 1, are essentially the same nth order diﬀerence equation

with diﬀerent boundary conditions. It is in fact the “nice” boundary condi-

tions that make ψ easy to ﬁnd exactly while exact solutions for τ are usually

intractable.

With the eigenvalue problem in hand we could next write down theorems

on inverses and products of Toeplitz matrices using Lemma 4.2 and the results

of Chapters 2-3. Since these theorems are identical in statement and proof

with the inﬁnite order absolutely summable Toeplitz case, we defer these

theorems momentarily and generalize Theorem 4.1 to more general Toeplitz

matrices with no assumption of ﬁne order.

4.2 Toeplitz Matrices

Obviously the choice of an appropriate circulant matrix to approximate a

Toeplitz matrix is not unique, so we are free to choose a construction with

the most desirable properties. It will, in fact, prove useful to consider two

slightly diﬀerent circulant approximations to a given Toeplitz matrix. Say

we have an absolutely summable sequence {tk ; k = 0, ±1, ±2, · · ·} with

∞

f (λ) = tk eikλ

k=−∞

. (4.25)

2π

tk = (2π)−1 f (λ)e−ikλ

0

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 29

(n) (n) (n)

Deﬁne Cn (f ) to be the circulant matrix with top row (c0 , c1 , · · · , cn−1 )

where

n−1

ck = n−1

(n)

f (2πj/n)e2πijk/n . (4.26)

j=0

**Since f (λ) is Riemann integrable, we have that for ﬁxed k
**

n−1

lim n−1

(n)

lim c = f (2πj/n)e2πijk/n

n→∞ k n→∞

j=0

(4.27)

2π

= (2π)−1 f (λ)eikλ dλ = t−k

0

(n)

and hence the ck are simply the sum approximations to the Riemann integral

giving t−k . Equations (4.26), (3.7), and (3.9) show that the eigenvalues ψn,m

of Cn are simply f (2πm/n); that is, from (3.7) and (3.9)

n−1

ck e−2πimk/n

(n)

ψn,m =

k=0

n−1

n−1

= n−1 f (2πj/n)e2πijk/n e−2πimk/n

k=0 j=0 . (4.28)

%

n−1

n−1

= f (2πj/n) n−1 22πik(j−m)/n

j=0 k=0

= f (2πm/n)

Thus, Cn (f ) has the useful property (4.21) of the circulant approximation

(4.15) used in the ﬁnite case. As a result, the conclusions of Lemma 4.4

hold for the more general case with Cn (f ) constructed as in (4.26). Equation

(4.28) in turn deﬁnes Cn (f ) since, if we are told that Cn is a circulant matrix

with eigenvalues f (2πm/n), m = 0, 1, · · · , n − 1, then from (3.9)

n−1

= n−1

(n)

ck ψn,m e2πimk/n

m=0

, (4.29)

n−1

= n−1 f (2πm/n)e2πimk/n

m=0

30 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**as in (4.26). Thus, either (4.26) or (4.28) can be used to deﬁne Cn (f ).
**

The fact that Lemma 4.4 holds for Cn (f ) yields several useful properties

as summarized by the following lemma.

Lemma 4.5

**1. Given a function f of (4.25) and the circulant matrix Cn (f ) deﬁned by
**

(4.26), then

∞

(n)

ck = t−k+mn , k = 0, 1, · · · , n − 1. (4.30)

m=−∞

(Note, the sum exists since the tk are absolutely summable.)

2. Given Tn (f ) where f (λ) is real and f (λ) ≥ mf > 0, then

Cn (f )−1 = Cn (1/f ).

3. Given two functions f (λ) and g(λ), then

Cn (f )Cn (g) = Cn (f g).

Proof.

1. Since e−2πimk/n is periodic with period n, we have that

∞

∞

f (2πj/n) = tm ei2πjm/n

t−m e−i2πjm/n

m=−∞ m=−∞

n−1 ∞

= t−1+mn e−2πijl/n

l=0 m=−∞

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 31

and hence from (4.26) and (3.9)

n−1

= n−1

(n)

ck f (2πj/n)e2πijk/n

j=0

n−1

n−1 ∞

= n−1 t−1+mn e2πij(k−l)/n

j=0 l=0 m=−∞

.

n−1 ∞

n−1

= t−1+mn n−1 e2πij(k−l)/n

l=0 m=−∞ j=0

∞

= t−k+mn

m=−∞

**2. Since Cn (f ) has eigenvalues f (2πk/n) > 0, by Theorem 3.1, Cn (f )−1
**

has eigenvalues 1/f (2πk/n), and hence from (4.29) and the fact that

Cn (f )−1 is circulant we have Cn (f )−1 = Cn (1/f ).

**3. Follows immediately from Theorem 3.1 and the fact that, if f (λ) and
**

g(λ) are Riemann integrable, so is f (λ)g(λ).

**Equation (4.30) points out a shortcoming of Cn (f ) for applications as
**

a circulant approximation to Tn (f ) — it depends on the entire sequence

{tk ; k = 0, ±1, ±2, · · ·} and not just on the ﬁnite collection of elements

{tk ; k = 0, ±1, · · · , ±n − 1} of Tn (f ). This can cause problems in practi-

cal situations where we wish a circulant approximation to a Toeplitz matrix

Tn when we only know Tn and not f . Pearl [13] discusses several coding and

ﬁltering applications where this restriction is necessary for practical reasons.

A natural such approximation is to form the truncated Fourier series

n

fˆn (λ) = tk eikλ , (4.31)

k=−n

**which depends only on {tk ; k = 0, ±1, · · · , ±n − 1}, and then deﬁne the
**

circulant matrix

Ĉn = Cn (fˆn ); (4.32)

32 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

(n) (n)

that is, the circulant matrix having as top row (ĉ0 , · · · , ĉn−1 ) where

n−1

= n−1

(n)

ĉk fˆn (2πj/n)e2πijk/n

j=0

n−1

n

−1 2πijk/n

= n tm e e2πijk/n (4.33)

j=0 m=−n

n

n−1

= tm n−1 e2πij(k+m)/n .

m=−n j=0

**The last term in parentheses is from (3.9) 1 if m = −k or m = n − k, and
**

hence

(n)

ĉk = t−k + tn−k , k = 0, 1, · · · , n − 1.

Note that both Cn (f ) and Ĉn = Cn (fˆn ) reduces to the Cn (f ) of (4.15) for an

rth order Toeplitz matrix if n > 2r + 1.

The matrix Ĉn does not have the property (4.28) of having eigenvalues

f (2πk/n) in the general case (its eigenvalues are fˆn (2πk/n), k = 0, 1, · · · , n −

1), but it does not have the desirable property to depending only on the

entries of Tn . The following lemma shows that these circulant matrices are

asymptotically equivalent to each other and Tm .

**Lemma 4.6 Let Tn = {tk−j } where
**

∞

|tk | < ∞

k=−∞

**and deﬁne as usual
**

∞

f (λ) = tk eikλ .

k=−∞

**Deﬁne the circulant matrices Cn (f ) and Ĉn = Cn (fˆn ) as in (4.26) and (4.31)-
**

(4.32). Then,

Cn (f ) ∼ Ĉn ∼ Tn . (4.34)

Proof.

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 33

**Since both Cn (f ) and Ĉn are circulant matrices with the same eigenvec-
**

tors (Theorem 3.1), we have from part 2 of Theorem 3.1 and (2.14) and the

comment following it that

n−1

|Cn (f ) − Ĉn |2 = n−1 |f (2πk/n) − fˆn (2πk/n)|2 .

k=0

**Recall from (4.4) and the related discussion that fˆn (λ) uniformly converges
**

to f (λ), and hence given / > 0 there is an N such that for n ≥ N we have

for all k, n that

|f (2πk(n) − fˆn (2πk/n)|2 ≤ /

and hence for n ≥ N

n−1

−1

|Cn (f ) − Ĉn | ≤ n 2

/ = /.

i=0

Since / is arbitrary,

lim |Cn (f ) − Ĉn | = 0

n→∞

proving that

Cn (f ) ∼ Ĉn . (4.35)

Next, Ĉn = {tk−j } and use (4.12) to obtain

n−1

|Tn − Ĉn |2 = (1 − |k|/n)|tk − tk |2 .

k=−(n−1)

**From (4.33) we have that
**

(n)

ĉ|k| = t|k| + tn−|k| k≤0

tk = (4.36)

(n)

ĉn−k = t−|n−k| + tk k≥0

and hence

n−1

|Tn − Ĉn |2

= |tn−1 | + 2

(1 − k/n)(|tn−k |2 + |t−(n−k) |2 )

k=0

.

n−1

= |tn−1 |2 + (k/n)(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 )

k=0

34 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**Since the {tk } are absolutely summable,
**

lim |tn−1 |2 = 0

n→∞

**and given / > 0 we can choose an N large enough so that
**

∞

|tk |2 + |t−k |2 ≤ /

k=N

and hence

n−1

lim |Tn − Ĉn | =

n→∞

lim

n→∞

(k/n)(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 )

k=0

N −1 %

n−1

= lim (k/n)(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 ) + (k/n)(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 ) .

n→∞

k=0 k=N

N −1 ∞

−1

≤ lim n

n→∞

k(|tk | + |t−k | ) +

2 2

(|tk |2 + |t−k |2 ) ≤ /

k=0 k=N

Since / is arbitrary,

lim |Tn − Ĉn | = 0

n→∞

and hence

Tn ∼ Ĉn , (4.37)

which with (4.35) and Theorem 2.1 proves (4.34).

We note that Pearl [13] develops a circulant matrix similar to Ĉn (de-

pending only on the entries of Tn ) such that (4.37) holds in the more general

case where (4.1) instead of (4.2) holds.

We now have a circulant matrix Cn (f ) asymptotically equivalent to Tn

and whose eigenvalues, inverses and products are known exactly. We can

now use Lemmas 4.2-4.4 and Theorems 2.2-2.3 to immediately generalize

Theorem 4.1

**Theorem 4.2 Let Tn (f ) be a sequence of Toeplitz matrices such that f (λ)
**

is Riemann integrable, e.g., f (λ) is bounded or the sequence tk is absolutely

summable. Then if τn,k are the eigenvalues of Tn and s is any positive integer

n−1 2π

lim n−1 s

τn,k = (2π)−1 f (λ)s dλ. (4.38)

n→∞ 0

k=0

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 35

**Furthermore, if Tn (f ) is Hermitian (f (λ) is real) then for any function F (x)
**

continuous on [mf , Mf ]

n−1 2π

−1 −1

lim n F (τn,k ) = (2π) F [f (λ)] dλ. (4.39)

n→∞ 0

k=0

**Theorem 4.2 is the fundamental eigenvalue distribution theorem of Szegö
**

[1]. The approach used here is essentially a specialization of Grenander’s [1,

ch. 7].

Theorem 4.2 yields the following two corollaries.

**Corollary 4.1 Let Tn (f ) be Hermitian and deﬁne the eigenvalue distribution
**

function Dn (x) = n−1 (number of τn,k ≤ x). Assume that

dλ = 0.

λ:f (λ)=x

**Then the limiting distribution D(x) = limn→∞ Dn (x) exists and is given by
**

D(x) = (2π)−1 dλ.

f (λ)≤x

**The technical condition of a zero integral over the region of the set of λ
**

for which f (λ) = x is needed to ensure that x is a point of continuity of the

limiting distribution.

Proof.

Deﬁne the characteristic function

1 mf ≤ α ≤ x

1x (α) = .

0 otherwise

We have

n−1

lim n−1

D(x) = n→∞ 1x (τn,k ) .

k=0

**Unfortunately, 1x (α) is not a continuous function and hence Theorem 4.2 can-
**

not be immediately implied. To get around this problem we mimic Grenander

36 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**and Szegö p. 115 and deﬁne two continuous functions that provide upper
**

and lower bounds to 1x and will converge to it in the limit. Deﬁne

1 α≤x

1+

x (α) = 1 − α−x

x<α≤x+/

0 x+/<α

1 α≤x−/

1− −

x (α) =

1 α−x+

x−/<α≤x

0 x<α

The idea here is that the upper bound has an output of 1 everywhere 1x does,

but then it drops in a continuous linear fashion to zero at x + / instead of

immediately at x. The lower bound has a 0 everywhere 1x does and it rises

linearly from x to x − / to the value of 1 instead of instantaneously as does

1x . Clearly

1− +

x (α) < 1x (α) < 1x (α)

for all α.

−

Since both 1+

x and 1x are continuous, Theorem 4 can be used to conclude

that

n−1

lim n−1 1+

x (τn,k )

n→∞

k=0

−1

= (2π) 1+

x (f (λ)) dλ

−1 −1 f (λ) − x

= (2π) dλ + (2π) (1 − ) dλ

f (λ)≤x x<f (λ)≤x+ /

≤ (2π)−1 dλ + (2π)−1 dλ

f (λ)≤x x<f (λ)≤x+

and

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

1−

x (τn,k )

k=0

−1

= (2π) 1−

x (f (λ)) dλ

−1 −1 f (λ) − (x − /)

= (2π) dλ + (2π) (1 − ) dλ

f (λ)≤x− x−<f (λ)≤x /

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 37

−1 −1

= (2π) dλ + (2π) (x − f (λ)) dλ

f (λ)≤x− x−<f (λ)≤x

−1

≥ (2π) dλ

f (λ)≤x−

−1 −1

= (2π) dλ − (2π) dλ

f (λ)≤x x−<f (λ)≤x

**These inequalities imply that for any / > 0, as n grows the sample average
**

#

n−1 n−1

k=0 1x (τn,k ) will be sandwitched between

(2π)−1 dλ + (2π)−1 dλ

f (λ)≤x x<f (λ)≤x+

and

−1 −1

(2π) dλ − (2π) dλ.

f (λ)≤x x−<f (λ)≤x

**Since / can be made arbitrarily small, this means the sum will be sandwiched
**

between

−1

(2π) dλ

f (λ)≤x

and

−1 −1

(2π) dλ − (2π) dλ.

f (λ)≤x f (λ)=x

Thus if

dλ = 0,

f (λ)=x

then 2π

−1

D(x) = (2π) 1x [f (λ)]dλ

0

.

−1

= (2π) v dλ

f (λ)≤x

Corollary 4.2 For Tn (f ) Hermitian we have

lim max τn,k = Mf

n→∞ k

lim min τn,k = mf .

n→∞ k

38 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

Proof.

From Corollary 4.1 we have for any / > 0

D(mf + /) = dλ > 0.

f (λ)≤mf +

The strict inequality follows from the continuity of f (λ). Since

**lim n−1 {number of τn,k in [mf , mf + /]} > 0
**

n→∞

**there must be eigenvalues in the interval [mf , mf + /] for arbitrarily small /.
**

Since τn,k ≥ mf by Lemma 4.1, the minimum result is proved. The maximum

result is proved similarly.

We next consider the inverse of an Hermitian Toeplitz matrix.

**Theorem 4.3 Let Tn (f ) be a sequence of Hermitian Toeplitz matrices such
**

that f (λ) is Riemann integrable and f (λ) ≥ 0 with equality holding at most

at a countable number of points.

1. Tn (f ) is nonsingular

2. If f (λ) ≥ mf > 0, then

Tn (f )−1 ∼ Cn (f )−1 , (4.40)

**where Cn (f ) is deﬁned in (4.29). Furthermore, if we deﬁne Tn (f ) −
**

Cn (f ) = Dn then Tn (f )−1 has the expansion

Tn (f )−1 = [Cn (f ) + Dn ]−1

−1

= Cn (f )−1 [I + Dn Cn (f )−1 ]

& '

2

= Cn (f )−1 I + Dn Cn (f )−1 + (Dn Cn (f )−1 ) + · · ·

(4.41)

and the expansion converges (in weak norm) for suﬃciently large n.

3. If f (λ) ≥ mf > 0, then

π

Tn (f )−1 ∼ Tn (1/f ) = (2π)−1 dλei(k−j)λ /f (λ) ; (4.42)

−π

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 39

**that is, if the spectrum is strictly positive then the inverse of a Toeplitz
**

matrix is asymptotically Toeplitz. Furthermore if ρn,k are the eigenval-

ues of Tn (f )−1 and F (x) is any continuous function on [1/Mf , 1/mf ],

then

n−1 π

lim n−1

n→∞

F (ρn,k ) = (2π)−1 F [(1/f (λ)] dλ. (4.43)

k=0 −π

**4. If mf = 0, f (λ) has at least one zero, and the derivative of f (λ) exists
**

and is bounded, then Tn (f )−1 is not bounded, 1/f (λ) is not integrable

and hence Tn (1/f ) is not deﬁned and the integrals of (4.41) may not

exist. For any ﬁnite θ, however, the following similar fact is true: If

F (x) is a continuous function of [1/Mf , θ], then

n−1 2π

lim n−1 F [min(ρn,k , θ)] = (2π)−1 F [min(1/f (λ), θ)] dλ.

n→∞ 0

k=0

(4.44)

Proof.

**1. Since f (λ) > 0 except at possible a ﬁnite number of points, we have
**

from (4.9)

2

∗ 1 π n−1

ikλ

x Tn x = x k e f (λ)dλ > 0

2π −π k=0

**so that for all n
**

min τn,k > 0

k

and hence

n−1

det Tn = τn,k = 0

k=0

so that Tn (f ) is nonsingular.

**2. From Lemma 4.6, Tn ∼ Cn and hence (4.40) follows from Theorem 2.1
**

since f (λ) ≥ mf > 0 ensures that

Tn−1 , Cn−1 ≤ 1/mf < ∞.

40 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

The series of (4.41) will converge in weak norm if

|Dn Cn−1 | < 1 (4.45)

since

−→

|Dn Cn−1 | ≤ Cn−1 ·|Dn | ≤ (1/mf )|Dn | n→∞ 0

(4.45) must hold for large enough n. From (4.40), however, if n is large

enough, then probably the ﬁrst term of the series is suﬃcient.

3. We have

|Tn (f )−1 − Tn (1/f )| ≤ |Tn (f )−1 − Cn (f )−1 | + |Cn (f )−1 − Tn (1/f )|.

**From (b) for any / > 0 we can choose an n large enough so that
**

/

|Tn (f )−1 − Cn (f )−1 | ≤ . (4.46)

2

From Theorem 3.1 and Lemma 4.5, Cn (f )−1 = Cn (1/f ) and from

Lemma 4.6 Cn (1/f ) ∼ Tn (1/f ). Thus again we can choose n large

enough to ensure that

|Cn (f )−1 − Tn (1/f )| ≤ //2 (4.47)

so that for any / > 0 from (4.46)-(4.47) can choose n such that

|Tn (f )−1 − Tn (1/f )| ≤ /

**which is (4.42). Equation (4.43) follows from (4.42) and Theorem 2.4.
**

Alternatively, if G(x) is any continuous function on [1/Mf , 1/mf ] and

(4.43) follows directly from Lemma 4.6 and Theorem 2.4 applied to

G(1/x).

**4. When f (λ) has zeros (mf = 0) then from Corollary 4.2 lim minτn,k = 0
**

n→∞ k

and hence

Tn−1 = max ρn,k = 1/ min τn,k (4.48)

k k

**is unbounded as n → ∞. To prove that 1/f (λ) is not integrable and
**

hence that Tn (1/f ) does not exist we deﬁne the sets

Ek = {λ : 1/k ≥ f (λ)/Mf > 1/(k + 1)}

(4.49)

= {λ : k ≤ Mf /f (λ) < k + 1}

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 41

**since f (λ) is continuous on [0, Mf ] and has at least one zero all of these
**

sets are nonzero intervals of size, say, |Ek |. From (4.49)

π ∞

dλ/f (λ) ≥ |Ek |k/Mf (4.50)

−π k=1

**since f (λ) is diﬀerentiable there is some ﬁnite value η such that
**

df

dλ

≤ η. (4.51)

From (4.50) and (4.51)

π ∞

dλ/f (λ) ≥ (k/Mf )(1/k − 1/(k + 1)/η

−π k=1

, (4.52)

∞

= (Mf η)−1 1/(k + 1)

k=1

**which diverges so that 1/f (λ) is not integrable. To prove (4.44) let F (x)
**

be continuous on [1/Mf , θ], then F [min(1/x, θ)] is continuous on [0, Mf ]

and hence Theorem 2.4 yields (4.44). Note that (4.44) implies that the

eigenvalues of Tn−1 are asymptotically equally distributed up to any

ﬁnite θ as the eigenvalues of the sequence of matrices Tn [min(1/f, θ)].

**A special case of part 4 is when Tn (f ) is ﬁnite order and f (λ) has at least
**

one zero. Then the derivative exists and is bounded since

m

df /dλ = ikλ

iktk e

k=−m

.

m

≤ |k||tk | < ∞

k=−m

**The series expansion of part 2 is due to Rino [6]. The proof of part 4
**

is motivated by one of Widom [2]. Further results along the lines of part 4

regarding unbounded Toeplitz matrices may be found in [5].

Extending (a) to the case of non-Hermitian matrices can be somewhat

diﬃcult, i.e., ﬁnding conditions on f (λ) to ensure that Tn (f ) is invertible.

42 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**Parts (a)-(d) can be straightforwardly extended if f (λ) is continuous. For a
**

more general discussion of inverses the interested reader is referred to Widom

[2] and the references listed in that paper. It should be pointed out that when

discussing inverses Widom is concerned with the asymptotic behavior of ﬁnite

matrices. As one might expect, the results are similar. The results of Baxter

[7] can also be applied to consider the asymptotic behavior of ﬁnite inverses

in quite general cases.

We next combine Theorems 2.1 and Lemma 4.6 to obtain the asymptotic

behavior of products of Toeplitz matrices. The case of only two matrices is

considered ﬁrst since it is simpler.

**Theorem 4.4 Let Tn (f ) and Tn (g) be deﬁned as in (4.5) where f (λ) and
**

g(λ) are two bounded Riemann integrable functions. Deﬁne Cn (f ) and Cn (g)

as in (4.29) and let ρn,k be the eigenvalues of Tn (f )Tn (g)

1.

Tn (f )Tn (g) ∼ Cn (f )Cn (g) = Cn (f g). (4.53)

Tn (f )Tn (g) ∼ Tn (g)Tn (f ). (4.54)

n−1 2π

lim n−1 ρsn,k = (2π)−1 [f (λ)g(λ)]s dλ s = 1, 2, . . . . (4.55)

n→∞ 0

k=0

**2. If Tn (t) and Tn (g) are Hermitian, then for any F (x) continuous on
**

[mf mg , Mf Mg ]

n−1 2π

−1 −1

lim n

n→∞

F (ρn,k ) = (2π) F [f (λ)g(λ)] dλ. (4.56)

k=0 0

3.

Tn (f )Tn (g) ∼ Tn (f g). (4.57)

4. Let f1 (λ), .., fm (λ) be Riemann integrable. Then if the Cn (fi ) are de-

ﬁned as in (4.29)

m
m

m

Tn (fi ) ∼ Cn fi ∼ Tn fi . (4.58)

i=1 i=1 i=1

4.2. TOEPLITZ MATRICES 43

m

5. If ρn,k are the eigenvalues of Tn (fi ), then for any positive integer s

i=1

n−1 2π

m

s

−1 −1

lim n

n→∞

ρsn,k = (2π) fi (λ) dλ (4.59)

k=0 0 i=1

**If the Tn (fi ) are Hermitian, then the ρn,k are asymptotically real, i.e.,
**

the imaginary part converges to a distribution at zero, so that

n−1 2π

m

s

−1 s −1

lim n (Re[ρn,k ]) = (2π) fi (λ) dλ. (4.60)

n→∞ 0

k=0 i=1

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

([ρn,k ])2 = 0. (4.61)

k=0

Proof.

**1. Equation (4.53) follows from Lemmas 4.5 and 4.6 and Theorems 2.1
**

and 3. Equation (4.54) follows from (4.53). Note that while Toeplitz

matrices do not in general commute, asymptotically they do. Equation

(4.55) follows from (4.53), Theorem 2.2, and Lemma 4.4.

**2. Proof follows from (4.53) and Theorem 2.4. Note that the eigenvalues
**

of the product of two Hermitian matrices are real [3, p. 105].

3. Applying Lemmas 4.5 and 4.6 and Theorem 2.1

|Tn (f )Tn (g) − Tn (f g)| = |Tn (f )Tn (g) − Cn (f )Cn (g)

+Cn (f )Cn (g) − Tn (f g)|

.

≤ |Tn (f )Tn (g) − Cn (f )Cn (g)|

−→

+|Cn (f g) − Tn (f g)|n→∞ 0

4. Follows from repeated application of (4.53) and part (c).

**5. Equation (4.58) follows from (d) and Theorem 2.1. For the Hermitian
**

case, however,

we cannot simply apply Theorem 2.4 since the eigenval-

ues ρn,k of Tn (fi ) may not be real. We can show, however, that they

i

44 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

**are asymptotically real. Let ρn,k = αn,k + iβn,k where αn,k and βn,k are
**

real. Then from Theorem 2.2 we have for any positive integer s

n−1

n−1

−1 s −1 s

lim n

n→∞

(αn,k + iβn,k ) = lim n

n→∞

ψn,k

k=0 k=0

, (4.62)

2π

m

s

= (2π)−1 fi (λ) dλ

0 i=1

m

where ψn,k are the eigenvalues of Cn fi . From (2.14)

i=1

2

n−1

n−1 m

−1 −1

n |ρn,k | = n

2 2

αn,k + 2

βn,k ≤ Tn (fi ) .

k=0 k=0 i=i

**From (4.57), Theorem 2.1 and Lemma 4.4
**

2
m 2

m

lim Tn (fi )

= lim

Cn f

i

n→∞ n→∞

i=1 i=1

. (4.63)

2π

m

2

= (2π)−1 fi (λ) dλ

0 i=1

Subtracting (4.61) for s = 2 from (4.61) yields

n−1

lim n−1

n→∞

2

βn,k ≤ 0.

k=1

**Thus the distribution of the imaginary parts tends to the origin and
**

hence s

n−1 2π

m

−1 s −1

lim n αn,k = (2π) fi (λ) dλ.

n→∞ 0

k=0 i=1

**Parts (d) and (e) are here proved as in Grenander and Szegö [1, pp.
**

105-106].

We have developed theorems on the asymptotic behavior of eigenvalues,

inverses, and products of Toeplitz matrices. The basic method has been

to ﬁnd an asymptotically equivalent circulant matrix whose special simple

4.3. TOEPLITZ DETERMINANTS 45

**structure as developed in Chapter 3 could be directly related to the Toeplitz
**

matrices using the results of Chapter 2. We began with the ﬁnite order case

since the appropriate circulant matrix is there obvious and yields certain

desirable properties that suggest the corresponding circulant matrix in the

inﬁnite case. We have limited our consideration of the inﬁnite order case

to absolutely summable coeﬃcients or to bounded Riemann integrable func-

tions f (λ) for simplicity. The more general case of square summable tk or

bounded Lebesgue integrable f (λ) treated in Chapter 7 of [1] requires sig-

niﬁcantly more mathematical care but can be interpreted as an extension of

the approach taken here.

4.3 Toeplitz Determinants

The fundamental Toeplitz eigenvalue distribution theory has an interesting

application for characterizing the limiting behavior of determinants. Suppose

now that Tn (f ) is a sequence of Hermitian Toeplitz matrices such that that

f (λ) ≥ mf > 0. Let Cn = Cn (f ) denote the sequence of circulant matrices

constructed from f as in (4.26). Then from (4.28) the eigenvalues of Cn are

(

f (2πm/n) for m = 0, 1, . . . , n − 1 and hence detCn = n−1

m=0 f (2πm/n). This

in turn implies that

1 1

1 n−1 m

ln (det(Cn )) n = ln detCn = ln f (2π ).

n n m=0 n

These sums are the Riemann approximations to the limiting integral, whence

1

1

lim ln (det(Cn )) n =

n→∞

ln f (2πλ) dλ.

0

Exponentiating, using the continuity of the logarithm for strictly positive

arguments, and changing the variables of integration yields

1 1

) 2π

ln f (λ) dλ.

lim (det(Cn )) = e

n 2π 0

n→∞

**This integral, the asymptotic equivalence of Cn and Tn (f ) (Lemma 4.6), and
**

Corollary 2.3 togther yield the following result ([1], p. 65)

Theorem 4.5 Let Tn (f ) be a sequence of Hermitian Toeplitz matrices such

that ln f (λ) is Riemann integrable and f (λ) ≥ mf > 0. Then

1 1

) 2π

ln f (λ) dλ.

lim (det(Tn (f ))) n = e 2π

n→∞

0 (4.64)

46 CHAPTER 4. TOEPLITZ MATRICES

Chapter 5

Applications to Stochastic

Time Series

**Toeplitz matrices arise quite naturally in the study of discrete time random
**

processes. Covariance matrices of weakly stationary processes are Toeplitz

and triangular Toeplitz matrices provide a matrix representation of causal

linear time invariant ﬁlters. As is well known and as we shall show, these

two types of Toeplitz matrices are intimately related. We shall take two

viewpoints in the ﬁrst section of this chapter section to show how they are

related. In the ﬁrst part we shall consider two common linear models of

random time series and study the asymptotic behavior of the covariance ma-

trix, its inverse and its eigenvalues. The well known equivalence of moving

average processes and weakly stationary processes will be pointed out. The

lesser known fact that we can deﬁne something like a power spectral density

for autoregressive processes even if they are nonstationary is discussed. In

the second part of the ﬁrst section we take the opposite tack — we start with

a Toeplitz covariance matrix and consider the asymptotic behavior of its tri-

angular factors. This simple result provides some insight into the asymptotic

behavior or system identiﬁcation algorithms and Wiener-Hopf factorization.

The second section provides another application of the Toeplitz distri-

bution theorem to stationary random processes by deriving the Shannon

information rate of a stationary Gaussian random process.

Let {Xk ; k ∈ I} be a discrete time random process. Generally we take

I = Z, the space of all integers, in which case we say that the process

is two-sided, or I = Z+ , the space of all nonnegative integers, in which

case we say that the process is one-sided. We will be interested in vector

47

48 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

**representations of the process so we deﬁne the column vector (n−tuple) X n =
**

(X0 , X1 , . . . , Xn−1 )t , that is, X n is an n-dimensional column vector. The

mean vector is deﬁned by mn = E(X n ), which we usually assume is zero for

convenience. The n × n covariance matrix Rn = {rj,k } is deﬁned by

Rn = E[(X n − mn )(X n − mn )∗ ]. (5.1)

**This is the autocorrelation matrix when the mean vector is zero. Subscripts
**

will be dropped when they are clear from context. If the matrix Rn is

Toeplitz, say Rn = Tn (f ), then rk,j = rk−j and the process is said to be

∞

weakly stationary. In this case we can deﬁne f (λ) = rk eikλ as the

k=−∞

power spectral density of the process. If the matrix Rn is not Toeplitz but

is asymptotically Toeplitz, i.e., Rn ∼ Tn (f ), then we say that the process is

asymptotically weakly stationary and once again deﬁne f (λ) as the power

spectral density. The latter situation arises, for example, if an otherwise sta-

tionary process is initialized with Xk = 0, k ≤ 0. This will cause a transient

and hence the process is strictly speaking nonstationary. The transient dies

out, however, and the statistics of the process approach those of a weakly

stationary process as n grows.

The results derived herein are essentially trivial if one begins and deals

only with doubly inﬁnite matrices. As might be hoped the results for asymp-

totic behavior of ﬁnite matrices are consistent with this case. The problem is

of interest since one often has ﬁnite order equations and one wishes to know

the asymptotic behavior of solutions or one has some function deﬁned as a

limit of solutions of ﬁnite equations. These results are useful both for ﬁnding

theoretical limiting solutions and for ﬁnding reasonable approximations for

ﬁnite order solutions. So much for philosophy. We now proceed to investigate

the behavior of two common linear models. For simplicity we will assume

the process means are zero.

**5.1 Moving Average Sources
**

By a linear model of a random process we mean a model wherein we pass

a zero mean, independent identically distributed (iid) sequence of random

variables Wk with variance σ 2 through a linear time invariant discrete time

ﬁltered to obtain the desired process. The process Wk is discrete time “white”

5.1. MOVING AVERAGE SOURCES 49

**noise. The most common such model is called a moving average process and
**

is deﬁned by the diﬀerence equation

n

n

Un = bk Wn−k = bn−k Wk (5.2)

k=0 k=0

Un = 0; n < 0.

**We assume that b0 = 1 with no loss of generality since otherwise we can
**

incorporate b0 into σ 2 . Note that (5.2) is a discrete time convolution, i.e.,

Un is the output of a ﬁlter with “impulse response” (actually Kronecker δ

response) bk and input Wk . We could be more general by allowing the ﬁlter

bk to be noncausal and hence act on future Wk ’s. We could also allow the

Wk ’s and Uk ’s to extend into the inﬁnite past rather than being initialized.

This would lead to replacing of (5.2) by

∞

∞

Un = bk Wn−k = bn−k Wk . (5.3)

k=−∞ k=−∞

**We will restrict ourselves to causal ﬁlters for simplicity and keep the initial
**

conditions since we are interested in limiting behavior. In addition, since

stationary distributions may not exist for some models it would be diﬃcult

to handle them unless we start at some ﬁxed time. For these reasons we take

(5.2) as the deﬁnition of a moving average.

Since we will be studying the statistical behavior of Un as n gets arbitrarily

large, some assumption must be placed on the sequence bk to ensure that (5.2)

converges in the mean-squared sense. The weakest possible assumption that

will guarantee convergence of (5.2) is that

∞

|bk |2 < ∞. (5.4)

k=0

**In keeping with the previous sections, however, we will make the stronger
**

assumption

∞

|bk | < ∞. (5.5)

k=0

**As previously this will result in simpler mathematics.
**

50 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

**Equation (5.2) can be rewritten as a matrix equation by deﬁning the
**

lower triangular Toeplitz matrix

1 0

b1 1

b2 b1

Bn = .. .. .. (5.6)

. b2 . .

bn−1 . . . b2 b1 1

so that

U n = Bn W n . (5.7)

If the ﬁlter bn were not causal, then Bn would not be triangular. If in addition

(5.3) held, i.e., we looked at the entire process at each time instant, then (5.7)

would require inﬁnite vectors and matrices as in Grenander and Rosenblatt

[12]. Since the covariance matrix of Wk is simply σ 2 In , where In is the n × n

identity matrix, we have for the covariance of Un :

= EU n (U n )∗ = EBn W n (W n )∗ Bn∗

(n)

RU

(5.8)

= σBn Bn∗

or, equivalently

n−1

rk,j = σ 2 b−k b̄−j

=0

. (5.9)

min(k,j)

= σ2 b+(k−j) b̄

=0

**From (5.9) it is clear that rk,j is not Toeplitz because of the min(k, j) in the
**

sum. However, as we next show, as n → ∞ the upper limit becomes large

(n)

and RU becomes asymptotically Toeplitz. If we deﬁne

∞

b(λ) = bk eikλ (5.10)

k=0

then

Bn = Tn (b) (5.11)

so that

RU = σ 2 Tn (b)Tn (b)∗ .

(n)

(5.12)

5.2. AUTOREGRESSIVE PROCESSES 51

**We can now apply the results of the previous sections to obtain the following
**

theorem.

**Theorem 5.1 Let Un be a moving average process with covariance matrix
**

(n)

RUn . Let ρn,k be the eigenvalues of RU . Then

(n)

RU ∼ σ 2 Tn (|b|2 ) = Tn (σ 2 |b|2 ) (5.13)

so that Un is asymptotically stationary. If m ≤ |b(γ)|2 ≤ M and F (x) is any

continuous function on [m, M ], then

n−1 2π

−1 −1

lim n

n→∞

F (ρn,k ) = (2π) F (σ 2 |b(λ)|2 ) dλ. (5.14)

k=0 0

If |b(λ)|2 ≥ m > 0, then

(n) −1

RU ∼ σ −2 Tn (1/|b|2 ). (5.15)

Proof.

(Theorems 4.2-4.4 and 2.4.)

If the process Un had been initiated with its stationary distribution then

we would have had exactly

(n)

RU = σ 2 Tn (|b|2 ).

(n) −1

More knowledge of the inverse RU can be gained from Theorem 4.3, e.g.,

circulant approximations. Note that the spectral density of the moving av-

erage process is σ 2 |b(λ)|2 and that sums of functions of eigenvalues tend to

an integral of a function of the spectral density. In eﬀect the spectral density

determines the asymptotic density function for the eigenvalues of Rn and Tn .

5.2 Autoregressive Processes

Let Wk be as previously deﬁned, then an autoregressive process Xn is deﬁned

by

n

Xn = − ak Xn−k + Wk n = 0, 1, . . .

k=1

52 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

Xn = 0 n < 0. (5.16)

Autoregressive process include nonstationary processes such as the Wiener

process. Equation (5.16) can be rewritten as a vector equation by deﬁning

the lower triangular matrix.

1

a1 1 0

a1 1

An = .. .. (5.17)

. .

an−1 a1 1

so that

An X n = W n .

We have

RW = An RX A∗n

(n) (n)

(5.18)

since det An = 1 = 0, An is nonsingular so that

RX = σ 2 A−1 −1∗

(n)

n An (5.19)

or

(RX )−1 = σ 2 A∗n An

(n)

(5.20)

or equivalently, if (RX )−1 = {tk,j } then

(n)

n−max(k,j)

n

tk,j = ām−k am−j = am am+(k−j) .

m=0 m=0

**Unlike the moving average process, we have that the inverse covariance ma-
**

trix is the product of Toeplitz triangular matrices. Deﬁning

∞

a(λ) = ak eikλ (5.21)

k=0

**we have that
**

(RX )−1 = σ −2 Tn (a)∗ Tn (a)

(n)

(5.22)

and hence the following theorem.

5.2. AUTOREGRESSIVE PROCESSES 53

**Theorem 5.2 Let Xn be an autoregressive process with covariance matrix
**

(n)

RX with eigenvalues ρn,k . Then

(RX )−1 ∼ σ −2 Tn (|a|2 ).

(n)

(5.23)

If m ≤ |a(λ)|2 ≤ m , then for any function F (x) on [m , M ] we have

n−1 2π

lim n−1

n→∞

F (1/ρn,k ) = (2π)−1 F (σ 2 |a(λ)|2 ) dλ, (5.24)

k=0 0

**where 1/ρn,k are the eigenvalues of (RX )−1 . If |a(λ)|2 ≥ m > 0, then
**

(n)

(n)

RX ∼ σ 2 Tn (1/|a|2 ) (5.25)

so that the process is asymptotically stationary.

Proof.

(Theorems 5.1.)

Note that if |a(λ)|2 > 0, then 1/|a(λ)|2 is the spectral density of Xn . If

(n)

|a(λ)|2 has a zero, then RX may not be even asymptotically Toeplitz and

hence Xn may not be asymptotically stationary (since 1/|a(λ)|2 may not be

integrable) so that strictly speaking xk will not have a spectral density. It is

often convenient, however, to deﬁne σ 2 /|a(λ)|2 as the spectral density and it

often is useful for studying the eigenvalue distribution of Rn . We can relate

(n)

σ 2 /|a(λ)|2 to the eigenvalues of RX even in this case by using Theorem 4.3

part 4.

**Corollary 5.1 If Xk is an autoregressive process and ρn,k are the eigenvalues
**

of RX , then for any ﬁnite θ and any function F (x) continuous on [1/m , θ]

(n)

n−1 2π

lim n−1

n→∞

F [min(ρn,k , θ)] = (2π)−1 F [min(1/|a(γ)|2 , θ)] dλ. (5.26)

k=0 0

54 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

Proof.

(Theorem 5.2 and Theorem 4.3.)

If we consider two models of a random process to be asymptotically equiv-

alent if their covariances are asymptotically equivalent, then from Theorems

5.1d and 5.2 we have the following corollary.

Corollary 5.2 Consider the moving average process deﬁned by

U n = Tn (b)W n

and the autoregressive process deﬁned by

Tn (a)X n = W n .

Then the processes Un and Xn are asymptotically equivalent if

a(λ) = 1/b(λ)

and M ≥ a(λ) ≥ m > 0 so that 1/b(λ) is integrable.

Proof.

(Theorem 4.3 and Theorem 4.5.)

= σ 2 Tn (a)−1 Tn−1 (a)∗

(n)

RX

∼ σ 2 Tn (1/a)Tn (1/a)∗

∼ σ 2 Tn (1/a)∗ Tn (1/a). (5.27)

**Comparison of (5.27) with (5.12) completes the proof.
**

The methods above can also easily be applied to study the mixed autoregressive-

moving average linear models [2].

5.3 Factorization

As a ﬁnal example we consider the problem of the asymptotic behavior of

triangular factors of a sequence of Hermitian covariance matrices Tn (f ). It is

5.3. FACTORIZATION 55

**well known that any such matrix can be factored into the product of a lower
**

triangular matrix and its conjugate transpose [12, p. 37], in particular

Tn (f ) = {tk,j } = Bn Bn∗ , (5.28)

where Bn is a lower triangular matrix with entries

**bk,j = {(det Tk ) det(Tk−1 )}−1/2 γ(j, k),
**

(n)

(5.29)

**where γ(j, k) is the determinant of the matrix Tk with the right hand col-
**

umn replaced by (tj,0 , tj,1 , . . . , tj,k−1 )t . Note in particular that the diagonal

elements are given by

(n)

bk,k = {(det Tk )/(det Tk−1 )}1/2 . (5.30)

**Equation (5.29) is the result of a Gaussian elimination of a Gram-Schmidt
**

procedure. The factorization of Tn allows the construction of a linear model

of a random process and is useful in system identiﬁcation and other recursive

procedures. Our question is how Bn behaves for large n; speciﬁcally is Bn

asymptotically Toeplitz?

Assume that f (λ) ≥ m > 0. Then ln f (λ) is integrable and we can perform

a Wiener-Hopf factorization of f (λ), i.e.,

f (λ) = σ 2 |b(λ)|2

b̄(λ) = b(−λ)

∞

. (5.31)

ikλ

b(λ) = bk e

k=0

b0 = 1

From (5.28) and Theorem 4.4 we have

Bn Bn∗ = Tn (f ) ∼ Tn (σb)Tn (σb)∗ . (5.32)

We wish to show that (5.32) implies that

Bn ∼ Tn (σb). (5.33)

56 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

Proof.

Since det Tn (σb) = σ n = 0, Tn (σb) is invertible. Likewise, since det Bn =

[det Tn (f )]1/2 we have from Theorem 4.3 part 1 that det Tn (f ) = 0 so that

Bn is invertible. Thus from Theorem 2.1 (e) and (5.32) we have

Tn−1 Bn = [Bn−1 Tn ]−1 ∼ Tn∗ Bn∗−1 = [Bn−1 Tn ]∗ . (5.34)

**Since Bn and Tn are both lower triangular matrices, so is Bn−1 and hence
**

Bn Tn and [Bn−1 Tn ]−1 . Thus (5.34) states that a lower triangular matrix is

asymptotically equivalent to an upper triangular matrix. This is only possible

if both matrices are asymptotically equivalent to a diagonal matrix, say Gn =

{gk,k δk,j }. Furthermore from (5.34) we have Gn ∼ G∗−1

(n)

n

(n)

|gk,k |2 δk,j ∼ In . (5.35)

**Since Tn (σb) is lower triangular with main diagonal element σ, Tn (σb)−1
**

is lower triangular with all its main diagonal elements equal to 1/σ even

though the matrix Tn (σb)−1 is not Toeplitz. Thus gk,k = bk,k /σ. Since Tn (f )

(n) (n)

is Hermitian, bk,k is real so that taking the trace in (5.35) yields

n−1

(n) 2

lim σ −2 n−1

n→∞

bk,k = 1. (5.36)

k=0

**From (5.30) and Corollary 2.3, and the fact that Tn (σb) is triangular we
**

have that

n−1

lim σ −1 n−1 bk,k = σ −1 n→∞

(n)

lim {(det Tn (f ))/(det Tn−1 (f ))}1/2

n→∞

k=0

.

= σ −1 n→∞

lim {det Tn (f )}1/2n σ −1 n→∞

lim {det Tn (σb)}1/n

= σ −1 · σ = 1

(5.37)

Combining (5.36) and (5.37) yields

lim |Bn−1 Tn − In | = 0.

n→∞

(5.38)

**Applying Theorem 2.1 yields (5.33).
**

5.4. DIFFERENTIAL ENTROPY RATE OF GAUSSIAN PROCESSES57

**Since the only real requirements for the proof were the existence of the
**

Wiener-Hopf factorization and the limiting behavior of the determinant, this

result could easily be extended to the more general case that ln f (λ) is in-

tegrable. The theorem can also be derived as a special case of more general

results of Baxter [8] and is similar to a result of Rissanen [11].

**5.4 Diﬀerential Entropy Rate of Gaussian Pro-
**

cesses

As a ﬁnal application of the Toeplitz eigenvalue distribution theorem, we

consider a property of a random process that arises in Shannon information

theory. Given a random process {Xn } for which a probability density func-

tion fX n (xn ) is for the random vector X n = (X0 , X1 , . . . , Xn−1 ) deﬁned for

all positive integers n, the Shannon diﬀerential entropy h(X n ) is deﬁned by

the integral

h(X n ) = − fX n (xn ) log fX n (xn ) dxn

**and the diﬀerential entropy rate is deﬁned by the limit
**

1

lim h(X n )

h(X) = n→∞

n

if the limit exists. (See, for example, Cover and Thomas[14].) The logarithm

is usually taken as base 2 and the units are bits. We will use the Toeplitz

theorem to evaluate the diﬀerential entropy rate of a stationary Gaussian

random process.

A stationary zero mean Gaussian random process is comletely described

by its mean correlation function RX (k, m) = RX (k − m) = E[(Xk − m)(Xk −

m)] or, equivalently, by its power spectral density function

∞

S(f ) = RX (n)e−2πinf ,

n=−∞

**the Fourier transform of the covariance function. For a ﬁxed positive integer
**

n, the probability density function is

1 n −mn )t R−1 (xn −mn )

e− 2 (x

1

fX n (xn ) = n

,

(2π)n/2 det(R n )1/2

58 CHAPTER 5. APPLICATIONS TO STOCHASTIC TIME SERIES

**where Rn is the n × n covariance matrix with entries RX (k, m), k, m =
**

0, 1, . . . , n − 1. A straightforward multidimensional integration using the

properties of Gaussian random vectors yields the diﬀerential entropy

1

h(X n ) = log(2πe)n detRn .

2

If we now identify the the covariance matrix Rn as the Toeplitz matrix

generated by the power spectral density, Tn (S), then from Theorem 4.5 we

have immediately that

1 2

h(X) = log(2πe)σ∞ (5.39)

2

where

2 1 2π

σ∞ = ln S(f ) df. (5.40)

2π 0

The Toeplitz distribution theorems have also found application in more

complicated information theoretic evaluations, including the channel capacity

of Gaussian channels [17, 18] and the rate-distortion functions of autoregres-

sive sources [9].

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