Electronic Journal of Statistics
- Electron. J. Statist.
- Volume 3 (2009), 507-545.
Mean field inference for the Dirichlet process mixture model
We present a systematic study of several recently proposed methods of mean field inference for the Dirichlet process mixture (DPM) model. These methods provide approximations to the posterior distribution and are derived using the truncated stick-breaking representation and related approaches. We investigate their use in density estimation and cluster allocation and compare to Monte-Carlo results. Further, more specific topics include the general mathematical structure of the mean field approximation, the handling of the truncation level, the effect of including a prior on the concentration parameter α of the DPM model, the relationship between the proposed variants of the mean field approximation, and the connection to maximum a-posteriori estimation of the DPM model.
Electron. J. Statist., Volume 3 (2009), 507-545.
First available in Project Euclid: 11 June 2009
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Primary: 62E17: Approximations to distributions (nonasymptotic)
Secondary: 62G07: Density estimation
Zobay, O. Mean field inference for the Dirichlet process mixture model. Electron. J. Statist. 3 (2009), 507--545. doi:10.1214/08-EJS339. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1244726600