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Determinantal point process models on the sphere

Jesper Møller, Morten Nielsen, Emilio Porcu, and Ege Rubak

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We consider determinantal point processes on the $d$-dimensional unit sphere $\mathbb{S}^{d}$. These are finite point processes exhibiting repulsiveness and with moment properties determined by a certain determinant whose entries are specified by a so-called kernel which we assume is a complex covariance function defined on $\mathbb{S}^{d}\times\mathbb{S}^{d}$. We review the appealing properties of such processes, including their specific moment properties, density expressions and simulation procedures. Particularly, we characterize and construct isotropic DPPs models on $\mathbb{S}^{d}$, where it becomes essential to specify the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions in a spectral representation for the kernel, and we figure out how repulsive isotropic DPPs can be. Moreover, we discuss the shortcomings of adapting existing models for isotropic covariance functions and consider strategies for developing new models, including a useful spectral approach.

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Bernoulli, Volume 24, Number 2 (2018), 1171-1201.

Received: October 2015
Revised: July 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 21 September 2017

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isotropic covariance function joint intensities quantifying repulsiveness Schoenberg representation spatial point process density spectral representation


Møller, Jesper; Nielsen, Morten; Porcu, Emilio; Rubak, Ege. Determinantal point process models on the sphere. Bernoulli 24 (2018), no. 2, 1171--1201. doi:10.3150/16-BEJ896.

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