[R] Multivariable correlation

John Sorkin jsorkin at grecc.umaryland.edu
Thu Aug 2 13:23:12 CEST 2007

Given a square matrix of variables X, is there any way to compute a multivariable correlation among all the variables in the array? It is possible to calculate the correlation of all pairs of variables in the array, but I want to know the correlation of all the variables taken together, i.e. for the matrix

X=x1 x2  x3
    x4  x5  x6
    x7  x8  x9

I don't want the pair-wise correlations corr(x1,x2), corr(x1,x3), corr(x1,x4) . . . etc., but rather

John Sorkin M.D., Ph.D.
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