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A mixture of generalized hyperbolic factor analyzers. (English) Zbl 1414.62278

Summary: The mixture of factor analyzers model, which has been used successfully for the model-based clustering of high-dimensional data, is extended to generalized hyperbolic mixtures. The development of a mixture of generalized hyperbolic factor analyzers is outlined, drawing upon the relationship with the generalized inverse Gaussian distribution. An alternating expectation-conditional maximization algorithm is used for parameter estimation, and the Bayesian information criterion is used to select the number of factors as well as the number of components. The performance of our generalized hyperbolic factor analyzers model is illustrated on real and simulated data, where it performs favourably compared to its Gaussian analogue and other approaches.

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62H30 Classification and discrimination; cluster analysis (statistical aspects)
62H25 Factor analysis and principal components; correspondence analysis
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