Tortora, Cristina, McNicholas, Paul D., Browne, Ryan P.

Model-based clustering imposes a finite mixture modelling structure on data for clustering. Finite mixture models assume that the population is a convex combination of a finite number of densities, the distribution within each population is a basic assumption of each particular model. Among all distributions that have been tried, the generalized hyperbolic distribution has the advantage that is a generalization of several other methods, such as the Gaussian distribution, the skew t-distribution, etc. With specific parameters, it can represent either a symmetric or a skewed distribution. While its inherent flexibility is an advantage in many ways, it means the estimation of more parameters than its special and limiting cases. The aim of this work is to propose a mixture of generalized hyperbolic factor analyzers to introduce parsimony and extend the method to high dimensional data. This work can be seen as an extension of the mixture of factor analyzers model to generalized hyperbolic mixtures. The performance of our generalized hyperbolic factor analyzers is illustrated on real data, where it performs favourably compared to its Gaussian analogue.

Franczak, Brian C., McNicholas, Paul D., Browne, Ryan P., Murray, Paula M.

A family of parsimonious shifted asymmetric Laplace mixture models is introduced. We extend the mixture of factor analyzers model to the shifted asymmetric Laplace distribution. Imposing constraints on the constitute parts of the resulting decomposed component scale matrices leads to a family of parsimonious models. An explicit two-stage parameter estimation procedure is described, and the Bayesian information criterion and the integrated completed likelihood are compared for model selection. This novel family of models is applied to real data, where it is compared to its Gaussian analogue within clustering and classification paradigms.

Franczak, Brian C., Browne, Ryan P., McNicholas, Paul D.

A mixture of shifted asymmetric Laplace distributions is introduced and used for clustering and classification. A variant of the EM algorithm is developed for parameter estimation by exploiting the relationship with the general inverse Gaussian distribution. This approach is mathematically elegant and relatively computationally straightforward. Our novel mixture modelling approach is demonstrated on both simulated and real data to illustrate clustering and classification applications. In these analyses, our mixture of shifted asymmetric Laplace distributions performs favourably when compared to the popular Gaussian approach. This work, which marks an important step in the non-Gaussian model-based clustering and classification direction, concludes with discussion as well as suggestions for future work.

Gallaugher, Michael P. B., McNicholas, Paul D.

Over the years data has become increasingly higher dimensional, which has prompted an increased need for dimension reduction techniques. This is perhaps especially true for clustering (unsupervised classification) as well as semi-supervised and supervised classification. Although dimension reduction in the area of clustering for multivariate data has been quite thoroughly discussed in the literature, there is relatively little work in the area of three way, or matrix variate, data. Herein, we develop a mixture of matrix variate bilinear factor analyzers (MMVBFA) model for use in clustering high-dimensional matrix variate data. This work can be considered both the first matrix variate bilinear factor analyzers model as well as the first MMVBFA model. Parameter estimation is discussed, and the MMVBFA model is illustrated using simulated and real data.

Gallaugher, Michael P. B., Tang, Yang, McNicholas, Paul D.

Robust clustering of high-dimensional data is an important topic because, in many practical situations, real data sets are heavy-tailed and/or asymmetric. Moreover, traditional model-based clustering often fails for high dimensional data due to the number of free covariance parameters. A parametrization of the component scale matrices for the mixture of generalized hyperbolic distributions is proposed by including a penalty term in the likelihood constraining the parameters resulting in a flexible model for high dimensional data and a meaningful interpretation. An analytically feasible EM algorithm is developed by placing a gamma-Lasso penalty constraining the concentration matrix. The proposed methodology is investigated through simulation studies and two real data sets.