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Monte Carlo Methods in Bayesian Computation

Chen, Ming-Hui, Shao, Qi-Man, Ibrahim, Joseph G.

2000, XIII, 387 p.

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Sampling from the posterior distribution and computing posterior quanti­ ties of interest using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) samples are two major challenges involved in advanced Bayesian computation. This book examines each of these issues in detail and focuses heavily on comput­ ing various posterior quantities of interest from a given MCMC sample. Several topics are addressed, including techniques for MCMC sampling, Monte Carlo (MC) methods for estimation of posterior summaries, improv­ ing simulation accuracy, marginal posterior density estimation, estimation of normalizing constants, constrained parameter problems, Highest Poste­ rior Density (HPD) interval calculations, computation of posterior modes, and posterior computations for proportional hazards models and Dirichlet process models. Also extensive discussion is given for computations in­ volving model comparisons, including both nested and nonnested models. Marginal likelihood methods, ratios of normalizing constants, Bayes fac­ tors, the Savage-Dickey density ratio, Stochastic Search Variable Selection (SSVS), Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA), the reverse jump algorithm, and model adequacy using predictive and latent residual approaches are also discussed. The book presents an equal mixture of theory and real applications.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bayesian Computation - Estimator - Likelihood - Logistic Regression - Markov Chain - Monte Carlo Methods - Time series - statistics

Related subjects » Computational Statistics - Life Sciences, Medicine & Health - Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes - Statistical Theory and Methods

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Introduction * Markov Chain Monte Carlo Sampling * Basic Monte Carlo Methods for Estimating Posterior Quantities * Estimating Marginal Posterior Densities * Estimating Ratios of Normalizing Constants * Monte Carlo Methods for Constrained Parameter Problems * Computing Bayesian Credible and HPD Intervals * Bayesian Approaches for Comparing Non-Nested Models * Bayesian Variable Section * Other Topics

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