Bootstrap Validation of the Estimated Parameters in Mixture Models Used for Clustering

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Title
Bootstrap Validation of the Estimated Parameters in Mixture Models Used for Clustering
Journal
Journal de la Société Française de Statistique
Author(s)
Taushanov Zhivko, Berchtold André
ISSN
2102-6238
Publication state
Published
Issued date
20/03/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
160
Number
1
Pages
114-129
Language
english
Abstract
When a mixture model is used to perform clustering, the uncertainty is related both to the choice of an optimal model (including the number of clusters) and to the estimation of the parameters. We discuss here the computation of confidence intervals using different bootstrap approaches, which either mix or separate the two kinds of uncertainty. In particular, we suggest two new approaches that rely to some degree on the model specification considered as optimal by the researcher, and that address specifically the uncertainty related to parameter estimation. These methods are especially useful for poorly separated data or complex models, where the selected solution is difficult to recreate in each bootstrap sample, and they present the advantage of reducing the well-known label-switching issue. Two simulation experiments based on the Hidden Mixture Transition Distribution model for the clustering of longitudinal data illustrate our proposed bootstrap approaches.
Keywords
clustering, mixture model, bootstrap, uncertainty, label-switching, confidence interval, frequentist estimation, HMTD model
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