An important aspect of mixture modeling is the selection of the number of mixture components. In this paper, we discuss the Bayes factor as a selection tool. The discussion will focus on two aspects: computation of the Bayes factor and prior sensitivity. For the computation, we propose a variant of Chib's estimator that accounts for the non-identifiability of the mixture components. To reduce the prior sensitivity of the Bayes factor, we propose to extend the model with a hyperprior. We further discuss the use of posterior predictive checks for examining the fit of the model. The ideas are illustrated by means of a psychiatric diagnosis example.
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2003|