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Score Matching for Truncated Density Estimation of Spherical Distributions
Daniel Williams · Song Liu

Fri Jul 22 01:45 PM -- 03:00 PM (PDT) @
When observations are truncated, we are limited to an incomplete picture of our dataset. Recent methods deal with truncated density estimation problems by turning to score matching, where the access to the intractable normalising constant is not required. We present a novel extension to truncated score matching for a Riemannian manifold. Applications are presented for the von Mises-Fisher and Kent distributions on a two dimensional sphere in $\R^3$, as well as a real-world application of extreme storm observations in the USA. In simulated data experiments, our score matching estimator is able to approximate the true parameter values with a low estimation error and shows improvements over a maximum likelihood estimator.

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Daniel Williams (University of Bristol)
Song Liu (University of Bristol)

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