# ppca

Probabilistic principal component analysis

## Syntax

## Description

`[`

returns
the principal component coefficients for the `coeff`

,`score`

,`pcvar`

]
= ppca(`Y`

,`K`

)*n*-by-*p* data
matrix `Y`

based on a probabilistic principal
component analysis (PPCA). It also returns the principal component
scores, which are the representations of `Y`

in the
principal component space, and the principal component variances,
which are the eigenvalues of the covariance matrix of `Y`

,
in `pcvar`

.

Each column of `coeff`

contains coefficients
for one principal component, and the columns are in descending order
of component variance. Rows of `score`

correspond
to observations, and columns correspond to components. Rows of `Y`

correspond
to observations and columns correspond to variables.

Probabilistic principal component analysis might be preferable to other algorithms that handle missing data, such as the alternating least squares algorithm when any data vector has one or more missing values. It assumes that the values are missing at random through the data set. An expectation-maximization algorithm is used for both complete and missing data.

`[`

returns
the principal component coefficients, scores, and variances using
additional options for computation and handling of special data types,
specified by one or more `coeff`

,`score`

,`pcvar`

]
= ppca(`Y`

,`K`

,`Name,Value`

)`Name,Value`

pair arguments.

For example, you can introduce initial values for the residual
variance, `v`

, or change the termination criteria.

## Examples

## Input Arguments

## Output Arguments

## More About

## References

[1] Tipping, M. E., and C. M. Bishop. Probabilistic Principal Component Analysis. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series B (Statistical Methodology), Vol. 61, No.3, 1999, pp. 611–622.

[2] Roweis, S. “EM Algorithms for PCA and SPCA.” *In
Proceedings of the 1997 Conference on Advances in Neural Information
Processing Systems*. Vol.10 (NIPS 1997), Cambridge, MA,
USA: MIT Press, 1998, pp. 626–632.

[3] Ilin, A., and T. Raiko. “Practical Approaches
to Principal Component Analysis in the Presence of Missing Values.” *J.
Mach. Learn. Res.*. Vol. 11, August, 2010, pp. 1957–2000.

## Version History

**Introduced in R2013a**