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Bayesian Model Averaging in R

  • Shahram Amini

    (Department of Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

  • Christopher F. Parmeter

    (Department of Economics, University of Miami)

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    Bayesian model averaging has increasingly witnessed applications across an array of empirical contexts. However, the dearth of available statistical software which allows one to engage in a model averaging exercise is limited. It is common for consumers of these methods to develop their own code, which has obvious appeal. However, canned statistical software can ameliorate one's own analysis if they are not intimately familiar with the nuances of computer coding. Moreover, many researchers would prefer user ready software to mitigate the inevitable time costs that arise when hard coding an econometric estimator. To that end, this paper describes the relative merits and attractiveness of several competing packages in the statistical environment R to implement a Bayesian model averaging exercise.

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    Paper provided by University of Miami, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-9.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: 2011
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    Publication status: Forthcoming: Under Review
    Handle: RePEc:mia:wpaper:2011-9
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