Handbook of Mixture Analysis

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Sylvia Fruhwirth-Schnatter, Gilles Celeux, Christian P. Robert
CRC Press, Jan 4, 2019 - Computers - 522 pages

Mixture models have been around for over 150 years, and they are found in many branches of statistical modelling, as a versatile and multifaceted tool. They can be applied to a wide range of data: univariate or multivariate, continuous or categorical, cross-sectional, time series, networks, and much more. Mixture analysis is a very active research topic in statistics and machine learning, with new developments in methodology and applications taking place all the time.

The Handbook of Mixture Analysis is a very timely publication, presenting a broad overview of the methods and applications of this important field of research. It covers a wide array of topics, including the EM algorithm, Bayesian mixture models, model-based clustering, high-dimensional data, hidden Markov models, and applications in finance, genomics, and astronomy.


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the methods and applications of mixture modelling and analysis
  • Divided into three parts: Foundations and Methods; Mixture Modelling and Extensions; and Selected Applications
  • Contains many worked examples using real data, together with computational implementation, to illustrate the methods described
  • Includes contributions from the leading researchers in the field

The Handbook of Mixture Analysis is targeted at graduate students and young researchers new to the field. It will also be an important reference for anyone working in this field, whether they are developing new methodology, or applying the models to real scientific problems.




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Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter is Professor of Applied Statistics and Econometrics at the Department of Finance, Accounting, and Statistics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. She has contributed to research in Bayesian modelling and MCMC inference for a broad range of models, including finite mixture and Markov switching models as well as state space models. She is particularly interested in applications of Bayesian inference in economics, finance, and business. She started to work on finite mixture and Markov switching models 20 years ago and has published more than 20 articles in this area in leading journals such as JASA, JCGS, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. Her monograph Finite Mixture and Markov Switching Models (2006) was awarded the Morris-DeGroot Price 2007 by ISBA. In 2014, she was elected Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Gilles Celeux is Director of research emeritus with INRIA Saclay-Île-de-France, France. He has conducted research in statistical learning, model-based clustering and model selection for more than 35 years and he leaded to Inria teams. His first paper on mixture modelling was written in 1981 and he is one of the co-organisators of the summer working group on model-based clustering since 1994. He has published more than 40 papers in international Journals of Statistics and wrote two textbooks in French on Classification. He was Editor-in-Chief of Statistics and Computing between 2006 and 2012 and he is the present Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the French Statistical Society since 2012.

Christian P. Robert is Professor of Mathematics at CEREMADE, Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University, France, and Professor of Statistics at the Department of Statistics, University of Warwick, UK. He has conducted research in Bayesian inference and computational methods covering Monte Carlo, MCMC, and ABC techniques, for more than 30 years, writing The Bayesian Choice (2001) and Monte Carlo Statistical Methods (2004) with George Casella. His first paper on mixture modelling was written in 1989 on radiograph image modelling. His fruitful collaboration with Mike Titterington on this topic spans two enjoyable decades of visits to Glasgow, Scotland. He has organised three conferences on the subject of mixture inference, with the last one at ICMS leading to the edited book Mixtures: Estimation and Applications (2011), co-authored with K. L. Mengersen and D. M. Titterington.

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