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This tool illustrates the impact of a factor reduction on a correlation matrix.
It serves as a companion to Appendix B.3 of Mathematical Finance.
Your may step through five predefined scenarios.
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4||Scenario 5|
|Reduction to one factor (trivial).||Reduction to two factors.||Reduction to five factors.||Reduction to two factors starting from a setting of high correlation.||Reduction to five factors starting from a setting of high correlation.|
The scenarios 1-3 give a first impression of what a factor reduction does. Increasing the number of factors we will catch more and more of the original correlation structure. The scenarios 4 and 5 show that for some situations it is sufficient to use one 2 or 3 factors to capture the correlation structure.
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