# Questions tagged [exponential-family]

A set of distributions (eg, normal, $\chi^2$, Poisson, etc) that share a specific form. Many of the distributions in the exponential family are standard, workhorse distributions in statistics, w/ convenient statistical properties.

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### ML estimate of exponential distribution (with censored data)

In Survival Analysis, you assume the survival time of a r.v. $X_i$ to be exponentially distributed. Considering now that I have $x_1,\dots,x_n$ "outcomes" of i.i.d r.v.'s $X_i$. Only some proportion ...
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### Definition of family of a distribution?

Does a family of a distribution have a different definition for statistics than in other disciplines? In general, a family of curves is a set of curves, each of which is given by a function or ...
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### Aside from the exponential family, where else can conjugate priors come from?

Do all conjugate priors have to come from the exponential family? If not, what other families are known to have/produce conjugate priors?
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### Does log likelihood in GLM have guaranteed convergence to global maxima?

My questions are: Are generalized linear models (GLMs) guaranteed to converge to a global maximum? If so, why? Furthermore, what constraints are there on the link function to insure convexity? My ...
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### Dispersion parameters in GLM

I'm trying to find the motivation behind the extended form of the exponential family of distributions in the fundamental paper on GLM by Nelder and Wedderburn (Generalized Linear Models, J. R. Statist....
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### Are there nonparametric generative models for datasets?

Typically when I see generative models, e.g., Latent Dirichlet Allocation (JMLR) or Linear/Quadratic Discriminant Analysis (wikipedia LDA), they are probabilistic models that belong to the exponential ...
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### Is the negative exponential distribution a member of the exponential family?

Please correct me if I am wrong. The general form of $k$-parameter exponential family is $$f(x;\boldsymbol{\theta}) = a(\boldsymbol{\theta})g(x) \exp\{\sum_{i=1}^{k}b(\boldsymbol{\theta}) R_i(x)\}$$ ...
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### Role of base measure in exponential family

An exponential family distribution $p$ in the canonical form can be written as $p(x|\theta) = h(x)\exp(\theta^\top T(x) - A(\theta))$ where $A(\theta)$ is the log partition function, $T(x)$ is the ...
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### Skewness of Tweedie distribution

Tweedie distributions are a family of distributions from the exponential dispersion family that have power-law mean-variance relationship: \begin{align} \mathbb E[X] &= \mu \\ \operatorname{Var}[...
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### Conway–Maxwell–Poisson (CMP) distribution and exponential family

So I have a question here about the CMP distribution: My understanding is that $b(\theta)$ is only a function of $\theta$ but why is $v$ able to be included in that function, would $v$ not be a ...
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### GLM (conditional/unconditional) distribution

Based on my readings about GLM, I am pretty sure that when we say the distribution of the response variable $y$ is a member of exponential family of distribution, what we really mean is that ...
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### Best Fit for Exponential Data

I'm trying to better understand some of the theory behind fitting models that have a nonlinear link between the response and the predictors. ...
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