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Sampling the Dirichlet Mixture Model with Slices


  • Stephen G. Walker



We provide a new approach to the sampling of the well known mixture of Dirichlet process model. Recent attention has focused on retention of the random distribution function in the model, but sampling algorithms have then suffered from the countably infinite representation these distributions have. The key to the algorithm detailed in this paper, which also keeps the random distribution functions, is the introduction of a latent variable which allows a finite number, which is known, of objects to be sampled within each iteration of a Gibbs sampler.

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  • Stephen G. Walker, 2006. "Sampling the Dirichlet Mixture Model with Slices," ICER Working Papers - Applied Mathematics Series 16-2006, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:icr:wpmath:16-2006

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    1. P. Damlen & J. Wakefield & S. Walker, 1999. "Gibbs sampling for Bayesian non-conjugate and hierarchical models by using auxiliary variables," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 61(2), pages 331-344.
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