Bayesian nonparametric models of circular variables based on dirichlet process mixtures of normal distributions Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2015

start page

  • 47

end page

  • 64


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  • 20

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1085-7117


  • This article introduces two new Bayesian nonparametric models for circular data based on Dirichlet process (DP) mixtures of normal distributions. The first model is a projected DP mixture of bivariate normals and the second approach is based on a wrapped DP mixture of normal distributions. We show how to carry out inference for these models based on a slice sampling scheme and introduce an approach to estimating a variant of the deviance information criterion which is appropriate in the context of latent variable models. Our models are then compared with both simulated and real data examples.


  • circular data; deviance information criterion; dirichlet process mixtures; projected normal distribution; wrapped normal distribution