Improved communication systems, shrinking battery sizes and the price drop of tracking devices have led to an increasing availability of trajectory tracking data. These data are often analyzed to understand animal behavior. In this work, we propose a new model for interpreting the animal movent as a mixture of characteristic patterns, that we interpret as different behaviors. The probability that the animal is behaving according to a specific pattern, at each time instant, is nonparametrically estimated using the Logistic-Gaussian process. Owing to a new formalization and the way we specify the coregionalization matrix of the associated multivariate Gaussian process, our model is invariant with respect to the choice of the reference element and of the ordering of the probability vector components. We fit the model under a Bayesian framework, and show that the Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm we propose is straightforward to implement. We perform a simulation study with the aim of showing the ability of the estimation procedure to retrieve the model parameters. We also test the performance of the information criterion we used to select the number of behaviors. The model is then applied to a real dataset where a wolf has been observed before and after procreation. The results are easy to interpret, and clear differences emerge in the two phases
New formulation of the logistic-Gaussian process to analyze trajectory tracking data / Mastrantonio, Gianluca; Grazian, Clara; Mancinelli, Sara; Bibbona, Enrico. - In: THE ANNALS OF APPLIED STATISTICS. - ISSN 1932-6157. - 13:4(2019), pp. 2483-2508.
|Titolo:||New formulation of the logistic-Gaussian process to analyze trajectory tracking data|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1214/19-AOAS1289|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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