(Received October 31, 1988; revised February 9, 1990)
Abstract. Bayes estimation of the number of signals, q, based on a binomial prior distribution is studied. It is found that the Bayes estimate depends on the eigenvalues of the sample covariance matrix S for white-noise case and the eigenvalues of the matrix S2(S1 + A)-1 for the colored-noise case, where S1 is the sample covariance matrix of observations consisting only noise, S2 the sample covariance matrix of observations consisting both noise and signals and A is some positive definite matrix. Posterior distributions for both the cases are derived by expanding zonal polynomial in terms of monomial symmetric functions and using some of the important formulae of James (1964, Ann. Math. Statist., 35, 475-501).
Key words and phrases: Zonal polynomial, white-noise, colored-noise, Haar measure, partitions.
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