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Title: Normalized latent measure factor models Authors:  Jim Griffin - University College London (United Kingdom) [presenting]
Mario Beraha - Università di Torino (Italy)
Abstract: A methodology is proposed for modelling and comparing probability distributions within a Bayesian nonparametric framework. Building on dependent normalized random measures, we consider a prior distribution for a collection of discrete random measures where each measure is a linear combination of a set of latent measures, interpretable as characteristic traits shared by different distributions, with positive random weights. The model is non-identified, and a method for post-processing posterior samples to achieve identified inference is developed. This uses Riemannian optimization to solve a non-trivial optimization problem over a Lie group of matrices. The effectiveness of our approach will be illustrated in two applications to two real-world data sets: school student test scores and personal incomes in California. Our approach leads to interesting insights for populations and easily interpretable posterior inference