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Publications [#257971] of David B. Dunson


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  1. Canale, A; Dunson, DB, Bayesian kernel mixtures for counts, Journal of the American Statistical Association, vol. 106 no. 496 (2011), pp. 1529-1539, ISSN 0162-1459 [doi]
    (last updated on 2017/12/11)

    Although Bayesian nonparametric mixture models for continuous data are well developed, the literature on related approaches for count data is limited. A common strategy is to use a mixture of Poissons, which unfortunately is quite restrictive in not accounting for distributions with variance less than the mean. Other approaches include mixing multinomials, which requires finite support, and using a Dirichlet process prior with a Poisson base measure, which does not allow for smooth deviations from the Poisso n. We propose broad class of alternative models, nonparametric mixtures of rounded continuous kernels. We develop an efficient Gibbs sampler for posterior computation, and perform a simulation study to assess performance. Focusing on the rounded Gaussian case, we generalize the modeling framework to account for multivariate count data, joint modeling with continuous and categorical variables, and other complications. We illustrate our methods through applications to a developmental toxicity study and marketing data. Supplemental material is available online. © 2011 American Statistical Association.
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