Economics Series, Institute for Advanced Studies 282
This paper considers Bayesian nonparametric estimation of conditional densities by countable mixtures of location-scale densities with covariate dependent mixing probabilities. The mixing probabilities are modeled in two ways. First, we consider finite covariate dependent mixture models, in which the mixing probabilities are proportional to a product of a constant and a kernel and a prior on the number of mixture components is specified. Second, we consider kernel stick-breaking processes for modeling the mixing probabilities. We show that the posterior in these two models is weakly and strongly consistent for a large class of data generating processes.
Bayesian nonparametrics posterior consistency conditional density estimation mixtures of normal distributions location-scale mixtures smoothly mixing regressions mixtures of experts dependent Dirichlet process kernel stick-breaking process