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On Marginal Likelihood Computation in Change-point Models

  • Luc Bauwens
  • Jeroen V.K. Rombouts

Change-point models are useful for modeling times series subject to structural breaks. For interpretation and forecasting, it is essential to estimate correctly the number of change points in this class of models. In Bayesian inference, the number of change-points is typically chosen by the marginal likelihood criterion, computed by Chib’s method. This method requires to select a value in the parameter space at which the computation is done. We explain in detail how to perform Bayesian inference for a change point dynamic regression model and how to compute its marginal likelihood. Motivated by our results from three empirical illustrations, a simulation study shows that Chib’s method is robust with respect to the choice of the parameter value used in the computations, among posterior mean, mode and quartiles. Furthermore, the performance of the Bayesian information criterion, which is based on maximum likelihood estimates, in selecting the correct model is comparable to that of the marginal likelihood.

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