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An extension of Peskun ordering to continuous time Markov chains


  • Leisen Fabrizio

    () (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Matematica, Modena, Italy)

  • Mira Antonietta

    () (Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Italy)


Peskun ordering is a partial ordering defined on the space of transition matrices of discrete time Markov chains. If the Markov chains are reversible with respect to a common stationary distribution "greek Pi", Peskun ordering implies an ordering on the asymptotic variances of the resulting Markov chain Monte Carlo estimators of integrals with respect to "greek Pi". Peskun ordering is also relevant in the framework of time-invariance estimating equations in that it provides a necessary condition for ordering the asymptotic variances of the resulting estimators. In this paper Peskun ordering is extended from discrete time to continuous time Markov chains. Key words and phrases: Peskun ordering, Covariance ordering, Effciency ordering, MCMC, time-invariance estimating equations, asymptotic variance, continuous time Markov chains.

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  • Leisen Fabrizio & Mira Antonietta, 2006. "An extension of Peskun ordering to continuous time Markov chains," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf0610, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
  • Handle: RePEc:ins:quaeco:qf0610

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