Prof. Tamás Rudas, gave a lecture titled “Coordinate-free analysis of multivariate categorical data” at AMSS on 8, June 2018.
In multivariate statistics, the sample space is usually the Cartesian product of the ranges of the variables involved. Even the simplest structures used in statistics, like independence, rely heavily on this structure. The talk introduced basic concepts of statistical modeling, which could be applied when the structure of the sample space was different. First, motivating examples were presented, then coordinate-free exponential families of probability distributions were introduced, which postulated simple multiplicative structures. In these families, the sample space was not necessarily a Cartesian product and the effects were not necessarily associated with cylinder sets. Also, the existence of an overall effect was not implied. Some of the properties of these families were similar to that of log-linear models, but the maximum likelihood estimates under these models had a few very surprising characteristics depending on whether the distributions in the family do or do not have an overall effect.
Tamas Rudas is Director-General of the Center for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Statistics at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Statistics of the University of Washington, Seattle, and formerly ha was President of the European Association of Methodology. His research concentrates on the analysis of categorical data and he has published papers, among others, in the Annals of Statistics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of Multivariate Analysis, the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics. His Lectures on Categorical Data analysis (Springer) appeared in April this year.