A common challenge in a broad array of disciplines is dimension reduction of variables of mixed-type. In this talk, a novel statistical model for dimension reduction of combinations of continuous, count, and categorical data is introduced and contrasted with existing approaches in the literature and practice. An Expectation-Maximization (EM) algorithm for estimating model parameters is derived, and an algorithm for parallel EM chains is discussed. The performance of the method is illustrated using examples drawn from anomaly detection and graph analysis applications.
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