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Finite mixture of regression models for censored data based on scale mixtures of normal distributions. (English) Zbl 1474.62259

Summary: In statistical analysis, particularly in econometrics, the finite mixture of regression models based on the normality assumption is routinely used to analyze censored data. In this work, an extension of this model is proposed by considering scale mixtures of normal distributions (SMN). This approach allows us to model data with great flexibility, accommodating multimodality and heavy tails at the same time. The main virtue of considering the finite mixture of regression models for censored data under the SMN class is that this class of models has a nice hierarchical representation which allows easy implementation of inferences. We develop a simple EM-type algorithm to perform maximum likelihood inference of the parameters in the proposed model. To examine the performance of the proposed method, we present some simulation studies and analyze a real dataset. The proposed algorithm and methods are implemented in the new R package CensMixReg.

MSC:

62H30 Classification and discrimination; cluster analysis (statistical aspects)
62J05 Linear regression; mixed models
62N01 Censored data models
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