[R] Overlapping distributions (populations) - assigning an individual to a population?
Ruben Roa Ureta
rroa at udec.cl
Wed Apr 9 02:38:39 CEST 2008
> On Wed, 2008-04-09 at 10:57 +1200, Rolf Turner wrote:
>> On 9/04/2008, at 10:30 AM, Phil Rhoades wrote:
>> > People,
>> > Say a particular measure of an attribute for individuals in different
>> > populations gives a set of overlapping normal distributions (one
>> > distribution per population). If I then measure this attribute in
>> > a new
>> > individual - how do I assess the likelihood of this new individual
>> > belonging to each of the different populations?
>> You have a mixture of distributions. Let the density be
>> f(x) = SUM lambda_i * f_i(x)
>> where the f_i(x) are the densities for the individual components in
>> the mixture,
>> and the lambda_i are the mixing probabilities.
>> The probability that an individual with observation x is from
>> component i is
>> lambda_i * f_i(x)
> Thanks for the quick response but I think I need to put some numbers on
> this so I can see what you mean. Say I have two pops with individual
> 1 2 3 4 5
> 3 4 5 6 7
> and a new individual with value 5 - what is the likelihood of assignment
> to each of the populations?
Phil, for an application and more detailed explanation you can check the
A Test for Long-Term Cyclical Clustering of Stock Market Regimes
John Powell, Rubén Roa, Jing Shi, Viliphonh Xayavong
Australian Journal of Management, vol. 32(2), 2007,
available for free download from the journal website:
I provide there a quotation to a book by Hamilton on time series, where
this technique is further explained.
By the way, the computation suggested is a conditional probability.
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