Probabilistic relabelling strategies for the label switching problem in Bayesian mixture models

  title={Probabilistic relabelling strategies for the label switching problem in Bayesian mixture models},
  author={Matthew Sperrin and Thomas Jaki and Ernst Wit},
  journal={Statistics and Computing},
The label switching problem is caused by the likelihood of a Bayesian mixture model being invariant to permutations of the labels. The permutation can change multiple times between Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) iterations making it difficult to infer component-specific parameters of the model. Various so-called ‘relabelling’ strategies exist with the goal to ‘undo’ the label switches that have occurred to enable estimation of functions that depend on component-specific parameters. Most… CONTINUE READING
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