Quotation Frühwirth-Schnatter, Sylvia. 2009. Bayesian Inference for Finite Mixtures of Skew Distributions. Biometrical Seminar, University of Agriculture, Wien, Österreich, 20.03.




Rarely are empirical data symmetrically distributed. Therefore, skewnormal and skew-t distributions were introduced both for univariate as well as multivariate data sets with the goal of capturing skewness and kurtosis directly without transformation or loss of unimodality of the modeled distribution. Very recently, finite mixtures of such distributions have been considered for univariate data. In the present paper, we consider such mixture models for both univariate as well as multivariate data. This allows modeling of high-dimensional multimodal and asymmetric data generated by popular biotechnological platforms such as flow cytometry. Although the extension appears natural, the estimation of such a finite mixture model results in a complex computational problem. We develop Bayesian inference based on data augmentation and Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling. Two biometrical applications are provided. In the first application, we model the cognitive score of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease using univariate skewnormal and skew-t mixtures for precise classification. The second application deals with modeling high dimensional flow cytometric data using 6-variate skewnormal and skew-t mixtures to identify a cellular signature of Graft versus Host disease.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Bayesian Inference for Finite Mixtures of Skew Distributions
Event Biometrical Seminar, University of Agriculture
Year 2009
Date 20.03
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL http://www.rali.boku.ac.at/6178.html


Frühwirth-Schnatter, Sylvia (Details)
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