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Prior Elicitation in Multiple Change-point Models

  • Gary Koop

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    (University of Strathclyde, UK and The Rimini Centre for Economics Analysis, Rimini, Italy.)

  • Simon M. Potter

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, UK.)

This paper discusses Bayesian inference in change-point models. The main existing approaches either attempt to be noninformative by using a Uniform prior over change-points or use an informative hierarchical prior. Both these approaches assume a known number ofchange-points. We show how they have some potentially undesirable properties and discuss how these properties relate to the imposition of a …xed number of changepoints. We develop a new Uniform prior which allows some of the change-points to occur out-of sample. This prior has desirable properties, can reasonably be interpreted as “noninformative” and handles the case where the number of change-points is unknown. We show how the general ideas of our approach can be extended to informative hierarchical priors. With arti…cial data and two empirical illustrations, we show how these di¤erent priors can have a substantial impact on estimation and prediction even with moderately large data sets.

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