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Q: probability theory - mixture of gaussians ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: probability theory - mixture of gaussians
Category: Science > Math
Asked by: eyaler-ga
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Posted: 24 Nov 2006 10:18 PST
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Question ID: 785273
if X1, X2 are random variables normally distributed with mean m and
variance s^2, then X1+X2 is normally distributed with mean 2m and
variance 2s^2. this may be found by looking at the convolution of X1
and X2. the characteristic function (cf) of the convolution is equal
to cf(X1)*cf(X2). this is used to find the time scaling of a series
now suppose Y1, Y2 are each a binary mixture of two gaussians with a density:
where alpha+beta=1.
now, this is not a stationary distrubution and one may check that it
is not closed under convolution. therefore there is NO scaling for m,
s1, s2 such that Y1+Y2 is a binary mixture with scaled parameters.
is this correct? and if so, how are binary mixtures of gaussians used
to model, say, the probability density of daily stock index returns,
while such a model would not be scalable for different time
aggregations of the data (e.g. weekly returns).
please provide references (preferably online) that address the (non)
time-scalability of gaussian mixtures.

Clarification of Question by eyaler-ga on 25 Nov 2006 05:42 PST
alpha, beta may also be scaled.
one may also look at taylor expansions up to and including s^4
even with these two relaxation, scaling does not seem possible
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