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Objective bayesian Hypothesis Testing in Binomial Regression Models with Integral Prior Distributions


  • Diego Salmeron


  • Juan Antonio Cano

    (Universidad de Murcia)

  • Christian Robert

    () (Université Paris-Dauphine et CREST)


In this work we apply the methodology of integral priors to handle Bayesian model selection in binomial regression models with a general link function. These models are very often used to investigate associations and risks in epidemiological studies where one goal is to exhibit whether or not an exposure is a risk factor for developing a certain disease; the purpose of the current paper is to test the effect of specific exposure factors. We formulate the problem as a Bayesian model selection case and solve it using objective Bayes factors. To construct the reference prior distributions on the regression coefficients of the binomial regression models, we rely on the methodology of integral priors that is nearly automatic as it only requires the specification of estimation reference priors and it does not depend on tuning parameters or on hyperparameters within these priors

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  • Diego Salmeron & Juan Antonio Cano & Christian Robert, 2013. "Objective bayesian Hypothesis Testing in Binomial Regression Models with Integral Prior Distributions," Working Papers 2013-44, Center for Research in Economics and Statistics.
  • Handle: RePEc:crs:wpaper:2013-44

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