### A Logistic Normal Mixture Model for Compositional Data Allowing Essential Zeros

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The most promising approach is based on extending the logistic normal distribution to model essential zeros using a mixture of additive logistic normal distributions of different dimension, related by common parameters. We continue this approach, and by imposing an additional constraint, develop a likelihood, and show ways of estimating parameters for location and dispersion. The proposed likelihood, conditional on parameters for the probability of zeros, is a mixture of additive logistic normal distributions of different dimensions whose location and dispersion parameters are projections of a common location or dispersion parameter. For some simple special cases, we contrast the relative efficiency of different location estimators.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17713/ajs.v45i4.117

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