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An FDA-Based Approach for Clustering Elicited Expert Knowledge

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Grupo de Investigación Davinci, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Aplicadas, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano -ITM-, Medellín 050034, Colombia
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Escuela de Estadística, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Medellín, Medellín 050034, Colombia
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Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning, The University of South Australia, Adelaide 5000, Australia
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Departamento de Matemática y Ciencia de la Computación, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago 9170020, Chile
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Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
We dedicate this work to Prof Torres-Avilés’s memory. He was part of the conceptualisation behind this work and was always committed to see the work through.
Received: 5 January 2021 / Revised: 1 March 2021 / Accepted: 2 March 2021 / Published: 4 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Functional Data Analysis (FDA))
Expert knowledge elicitation (EKE) aims at obtaining individual representations of experts’ beliefs and render them in the form of probability distributions or functions. In many cases the elicited distributions differ and the challenge in Bayesian inference is then to find ways to reconcile discrepant elicited prior distributions. This paper proposes the parallel analysis of clusters of prior distributions through a hierarchical method for clustering distributions and that can be readily extended to functional data. The proposed method consists of (i) transforming the infinite-dimensional problem into a finite-dimensional one, (ii) using the Hellinger distance to compute the distances between curves and thus (iii) obtaining a hierarchical clustering structure. In a simulation study the proposed method was compared to k-means and agglomerative nesting algorithms and the results showed that the proposed method outperformed those algorithms. Finally, the proposed method is illustrated through an EKE experiment and other functional data sets. View Full-Text
Keywords: expert knowledge elicitation; functional data analysis; Hellinger distance; hierarchical clustering expert knowledge elicitation; functional data analysis; Hellinger distance; hierarchical clustering
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Barrera-Causil, C.; Correa, J.C.; Zamecnik, A.; Torres-Avilés, F.; Marmolejo-Ramos, F. An FDA-Based Approach for Clustering Elicited Expert Knowledge. Stats 2021, 4, 184-204. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/stats4010014

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Barrera-Causil C, Correa JC, Zamecnik A, Torres-Avilés F, Marmolejo-Ramos F. An FDA-Based Approach for Clustering Elicited Expert Knowledge. Stats. 2021; 4(1):184-204. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/stats4010014

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Barrera-Causil, Carlos, Juan C. Correa, Andrew Zamecnik, Francisco Torres-Avilés, and Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos. 2021. "An FDA-Based Approach for Clustering Elicited Expert Knowledge" Stats 4, no. 1: 184-204. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/stats4010014

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