Support Sets in Exponential Families and Oriented Matroid Theory
Johannes Rauh, Thomas Kahle, and Nihat Ay
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Submission date: 07. Jul. 2009
published in: International journal of approximate reasoning, 52 (2011) 5, p. 613-626
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1016/j.ijar.2011.01.013
MSC-Numbers: 52C40, 62B05, 14P15
Keywords and phrases: exponential families, oriented matroids, support sets
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We discuss how to obtain an implicit description of the closure of a discrete exponential family with a finite set of equations derived from an underlying oriented matroid. These equations are similar to the equations used in algebraic statistics, although they need not be polynomial in the general case. This framework allows us to study the possible support sets of an exponential families with the help of oriented matroid theory. In particular, if two exponential families induce the same oriented matroid, then they have the same support sets.