The traditional Minkowski distances are induced by the corresponding Minkowski norms in real-valued vector spaces. In this work, we propose novel statistical symmetric distances based on the Minkowski's inequality for probability densities belonging to Lebesgue spaces. These statistical Minkowski distances admit closed-form formula for Gaussian mixture models when parameterized by integer exponents. This result extends to arbitrary mixtures of exponential families with natural parameter spaces being cones: This includes the binomial, the multinomial, the zero-centered Laplacian, the Gaussian and the Wishart mixtures, among others. We also derive a Minkowski's diversity index of a normalized weighted set of probability distributions from Minkowski's inequality.
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