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Title: The joint projected normal and skew-normal: A distribution for poly-cylindrical data Authors:  Gianluca Mastrantonio - Politecnico of Turin (Italy) [presenting]
Abstract: The aim is to introduce a multivariate circular-linear (or poly-cylindrical) distribution obtained by combining the projected and the skew-normal. We show the flexibility of our proposal, its closure under marginalization, and how to quantify multivariate dependence. Due to a non-identifiability issue that our proposal inherits from the projected normal, a computational problem arises. We overcome it in a Bayesian framework, adding suitable latent variables and showing that posterior samples can be obtained with a post-processing of the estimation algorithm output. Under specific prior choices, this approach enables us to implement a Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm relying only on Gibbs steps, where the updates of the parameters are done as if we were working with a multivariate normal likelihood. The proposed approach can also be used with the projected normal. The proposal is used in a real data example, where the turning-angles (circular variables) and the logarithm of the step-lengths (linear variables) of four dogs are modeled jointly.