Row-clustering of a Point Process-valued Matrix

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 34 pre-proceedings (NeurIPS 2021)

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Lihao Yin, Ganggang Xu, Huiyan Sang, Yongtao Guan


Structured point process data harvested from various platforms poses new challenges to the machine learning community. To cluster repeatedly observed marked point processes, we propose a novel mixture model of multi-level marked point processes for identifying potential heterogeneity in the observed data. Specifically, we study a matrix whose entries are marked log-Gaussian Cox processes and cluster rows of such a matrix. An efficient semi-parametric Expectation-Solution (ES) algorithm combined with functional principal component analysis (FPCA) of point processes is proposed for model estimation. The effectiveness of the proposed framework is demonstrated through simulation studies and real data analyses.