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Adaptive radial-based direction sampling: some flexible and robust Monte Carlo integration methods

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  • Bauwens, Luc
  • Bos, Charles S.
  • van Dijk, Herman K.
  • van Oest, Rutger D.

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Adaptive radial-based direction sampling (ARDS) algorithms are specified for Bayesian analysis of models with nonelliptical, possibly, multimodal target distributions. A key step is a radial-based transformation to directions and distances. After the transformations a Metropolis-Hastings method or, alternatively, an importance sampling method is applied to evaluate generated directions. Next, distances are generated from the exact target distribution by means of the numerical inverse transformation method. An adaptive procedure is applied to update the initial location and covariance matrix in order to sample directions in an efficient way. Tested on a set of canonical mixture models that feature multimodality, strong correlation, and skewness, the ARDS algorithms compare favourably with the standard Metropolis-Hastings and importance samplers in terms of flexibility and robustness. The empirical examples include a regression model with scale contamination and a mixture model for economic growth of the USA.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 123 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 201-225

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  5. Martin Burda & John Maheu, 2011. "Bayesian Adaptive Hamiltonian Monte Carlo with an Application to High-Dimensional BEKK GARCH Models," Working Papers tecipa-438, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
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  8. David Ardia & Lennart Hoogerheide & Herman K. van Dijk, 2009. "To Bridge, to Warp or to Wrap? A Comparative Study of Monte Carlo Methods for Efficient Evaluation of Marginal Likelihoods," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 09-017/4, Tinbergen Institute.

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