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Geometric Ergodicity of Gibbs and Block Gibbs Samplers for a Hierarchical Random Effects Model

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  • Hobert, James P.
  • Geyer, Charles J.
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    We consider fixed scan Gibbs and block Gibbs samplers for a Bayesian hierarchical random effects model with proper conjugate priors. A drift condition given in Meyn and Tweedie (1993, Chapter 15) is used to show that these Markov chains are geometrically ergodic. Showing that a Gibbs sampler is geometrically ergodic is the first step toward establishing central limit theorems, which can be used to approximate the error associated with Monte Carlo estimates of posterior quantities of interest. Thus, our results will be of practical interest to researchers using these Gibbs samplers for Bayesian data analysis.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Multivariate Analysis.

    Volume (Year): 67 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 2 (November)
    Pages: 414-430

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    Keywords: Bayesian model; central limit theorem drift condition Markov chain Monte Carlo rate of convergence variance components;

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    1. Korobilis, Dimitris, 2013. "Hierarchical shrinkage priors for dynamic regressions with many predictors," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 43-59.
    2. Wilkinson, Darren J & KH Yeung, Stephen, 2004. "A sparse matrix approach to Bayesian computation in large linear models," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 493-516, January.

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