Finite Mixture Analysis of Beauty-Contest Data Using Generalised Beta Distributions


This paper introduces a mixture model based on the beta distribution, without preestablished means and variances, to analyze a large set of Beauty-Contest data obtained from diverse groups of experiments (Bosch-Dom`enech et al. 2002). This model gives a better fit of the experimental data, and more precision to the hypothesis that a large proportion of individuals follow a common pattern of reasoning, described as iterated best reply (degenerate), than mixture models based on the normal distribution. The analysis shows that the means of the distributions across the groups of experiments are pretty stable, while the proportions of choices at different levels of reasoning vary across groups.
Published as: A Finite Mixture Analysis of Beauty-Contest Data Using Generalized Beta Distributions in Experimental Economics , Vol. 13, No. 4, 461--475, January, 2010