Using Latent Variables in Model Based Clustering: An E-Government Application

  • Isabella Morlini
Part of the Studies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics book series (STAS)


Besides continuous variables, binary indicators on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) infrastructures and utilities are usually collected in order to evaluate the quality of a public company and to define the policy priorities. In this chapter, we confront the problem of clustering public organizations with model-based clustering, and we assume each observed binary indicator to be generated from a latent continuous variable. The estimates of the scores of these variables allow us to use a fully Gaussian mixture model for classification.


Latent Variable Gaussian Mixture Model Quadrature Point Principal Component Score Local Dependency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Modena & Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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