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On variance stabilisation in Population Monte Carlo by double Rao-Blackwellisation


  • Iacobucci, Alessandra
  • Marin, Jean-Michel
  • Robert, Christian


Population Monte Carlo has been introduced as a sequential importance sampling technique to overcome poor fit of the importance function. The performance of the original Population Monte Carlo algorithm is compared with a modified version that eliminates the influence of the transition particle via a double Rao-Blackwellisation. This modification is shown to improve the exploration of the modes through a large simulation experiment on posterior distributions of mean mixtures of distributions.

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  • Iacobucci, Alessandra & Marin, Jean-Michel & Robert, Christian, 2010. "On variance stabilisation in Population Monte Carlo by double Rao-Blackwellisation," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 54(3), pages 698-710, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:54:y:2010:i:3:p:698-710

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