Approximate marginal densities of independent parameters

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JournalStatistics: A Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics
DateE-pub ahead of print - 2 Feb 2011
DatePublished (current) - Aug 2011
Issue number4
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)1-13
Early online date2/02/11
Original languageEnglish


This paper presents an asymptotic approximation for the marginal density of any parameter of interest of a joint posterior density in the case of independent parameters. The approximation is based on the signed-root-based importance sampling algorithm considered in Kharroubi and Sweeting [Posterior simulation via signed root log-likelihood ratios, Bayesian Anal. (2010), in press] and gives rise to the alternative simulation-consistent scheme to Markov chain Monte Carlo for marginal densities. The consideration is illustrated by a censored regression model.

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  • Statistics, Bayesian inference; , importance sampling; , signed root log-likelihood ratio; , simulation

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