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Generalized spatial dynamic factor models


  • Lopes, Hedibert Freitas
  • Gamerman, Dani
  • Salazar, Esther


This paper introduces a new class of spatio-temporal models for measurements belonging to the exponential family of distributions. In this new class, the spatial and temporal components are conditionally independently modeled via a latent factor analysis structure for the (canonical) transformation of the measurements mean function. The factor loadings matrix is responsible for modeling spatial variation, while the common factors are responsible for modeling the temporal variation. One of the main advantages of our model with spatially structured loadings is the possibility of detecting similar regions associated to distinct dynamic factors. We also show that the new class outperforms a large class of spatial-temporal models that are commonly used in the literature. Posterior inference for fixed parameters and dynamic latent factors is performed via a custom tailored Markov chain Monte Carlo scheme for multivariate dynamic systems that combines extended Kalman filter-based Metropolis-Hastings proposal densities with block-sampling schemes. Factor model uncertainty is also fully addressed by a reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm designed to learn about the number of common factors. Three applications, two based on synthetic Gamma and Bernoulli data and one based on real Bernoulli data, are presented in order to illustrate the flexibility and generality of the new class of models, as well as to discuss features of the proposed MCMC algorithm.

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  • Lopes, Hedibert Freitas & Gamerman, Dani & Salazar, Esther, 2011. "Generalized spatial dynamic factor models," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 1319-1330, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:55:y:2011:i:3:p:1319-1330

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