We study the posterior contraction behavior of the latent population structure that arises in admixture models as the amount of data increases. We adopt the geometric view of admixture models – alternatively known as topic models – as a data generating mechanism for points randomly sampled from the interior of a (convex) population polytope, whose extreme points correspond to the population structure variables of interest. Rates of posterior contraction are established with respect to Hausdorff metric and a minimum matching Euclidean metric defined on polytopes. Tools developed include posterior asymptotics of hierarchical models and arguments from convex geometry.
"Posterior contraction of the population polytope in finite admixture models." Bernoulli 21 (1) 618 - 646, February 2015. https://doi.org/10.3150/13-BEJ582