Mixtures of multivariate power exponential distributions
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An expanded family of mixtures of multivariate power exponential distributions is introduced. While fitting heavy-tails and skewness have received much attention in the model-based clustering literature recently, we investigate the use of a distribution that can deal with both varying tail-weight and peakedness of data. A family of parsimonious models is proposed using an eigen-decomposition of the scale matrix. A generalized expectation-maximization algorithm is presented that combines convex optimization via a minorization-maximization approach and optimization based on accelerated line search algorithms on the Stiefel manifold. Lastly, the utility of this family of models is illustrated using both toy and benchmark data.
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