Model Selection in Mixture Regression Analysis–A Monte Carlo Simulation Study

  • Marko Sarstedt
  • Manfred Schwaiger
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


Mixture regression models have increasingly received attention from both marketing theory and practice, but the question of selecting the correct number of segments is still without a satisfactory answer. Various authors have considered this problem, but as most of available studies appeared in statistics literature, they aim to exemplify the effectiveness of new proposed measures, instead of revealing the performance of measures commonly available in statistical packages. The study investigates how well commonly used information criteria perform in mixture regression of normal data, with alternating sample sizes. In order to account for different levels of heterogeneity, this factor was analyzed for different mixture proportions. As existing studies only evaluate the criteria’s relative performance, the resulting success rates were compared with an outside criterion, so called chance models. The findings prove helpful for specific constellations.


Finite Mixture Model Selection Criterion Mixture Proportion Mixture Regression Factor Level Combination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marko Sarstedt
    • 1
  • Manfred Schwaiger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut for Market-Based ManagementLudwig-Maximilians-UniversitÄt MünchenGermany

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