In several application fields like daily pluviometry data modelling, or motion analysis from image sequences, observations contain two components of different nature. A first part is made with discrete values accounting for some symbolic information and a second part records a continuous (real-valued) measurement. We call such type of observations “mixed-state observations".
This paper introduces spatial models suited for the analysis of these kinds of data. We consider multi-parameter auto-models whose local conditional distributions belong to a mixed state exponential family. Specific examples with exponential distributions are detailed, and we present some experimental results for modelling motion measurements from video sequences.
"Spatial modelling for mixed-state observations." Electron. J. Statist. 2 213 - 233, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1214/08-EJS173