Title: Hierarchical species sampling models
Authors: Federico Bassetti - Univeristy of Pavia (Italy) [presenting]
Roberto Casarin - University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy)
Luca Rossini - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Abstract: A general class of hierarchical nonparametric prior distributions is introduced. The random probability measures are constructed by a hierarchy of generalized species sampling processes with possibly non-diffuse base measures. The proposed framework provides a general probabilistic foundation for hierarchical random measures with either atomic or mixed base measures and allows for studying their properties, such as the distribution of the marginal and total number of clusters. We show that hierarchical species sampling models have a Chinese restaurants franchise representation and can be used as prior distributions to undertake Bayesian nonparametric inference. We provide a method to sample from the posterior distribution together with some numerical illustrations. Our class of priors includes some new hierarchical mixture priors such as the hierarchical Gnedin measures, and other well-known prior distributions such as the hierarchical Pitman-Yor and the hierarchical normalized random measures.