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Analyzing Incomplete Political Science Data: An Alternative Algorithm for Multiple Imputation
 American Political Science Review
, 2000
"... We propose a remedy for the discrepancy between the way political scientists analyze data with missing values and the recommendations of the statistics community. Methodologists and statisticians agree that "multiple imputation" is a superior approach to the problem of missing data scattered through ..."
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We propose a remedy for the discrepancy between the way political scientists analyze data with missing values and the recommendations of the statistics community. Methodologists and statisticians agree that "multiple imputation" is a superior approach to the problem of missing data scattered through one's explanatory and dependent variables than the methods currently used in applied data analysis. The reason for this discrepancy lies with the fact that the computational algorithms used to apply the best multiple imputation models have been slow, difficult to implement, impossible to run with existing commercial statistical packages, and demanding of considerable expertise. In this paper, we adapt an existing algorithm, and use it to implement a generalpurpose, multiple imputation model for missing data. This algorithm is considerably faster and easier to use than the leading method recommended in the statistics literature. We also quantify the risks of current missing data practices, ...
Prior distributions for variance parameters in hierarchical models
 Bayesian Analysis
, 2006
"... Various noninformative prior distributions have been suggested for scale parameters in hierarchical models. We construct a new foldednoncentralt family of conditionally conjugate priors for hierarchical standard deviation parameters, and then consider noninformative and weakly informative priors i ..."
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Various noninformative prior distributions have been suggested for scale parameters in hierarchical models. We construct a new foldednoncentralt family of conditionally conjugate priors for hierarchical standard deviation parameters, and then consider noninformative and weakly informative priors in this family. We use an example to illustrate serious problems with the inversegamma family of “noninformative ” prior distributions. We suggest instead to use a uniform prior on the hierarchical standard deviation, using the halft family when the number of groups is small and in other settings where a weakly informative prior is desired.
Nonparametric regression using Bayesian variable selection
 Journal of Econometrics
, 1996
"... This paper estimates an additive model semiparametrically, while automatically selecting the significant independent variables and the app~opriatc power transformation of the dependent variable. The nonlinear variables arc modeled as regression splincs, with significant knots selected fiom a large ..."
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This paper estimates an additive model semiparametrically, while automatically selecting the significant independent variables and the app~opriatc power transformation of the dependent variable. The nonlinear variables arc modeled as regression splincs, with significant knots selected fiom a large number of candidate knots. The estimation is made robust by modeling the errors as a mixture of normals. A Bayesian approach is used to select the significant knots, the power transformation, and to identify oatliers using the Gibbs sampler to curry out the computation. Empirical evidence is given that the sampler works well on both simulated and real examples and that in the univariate case it compares faw)rably with a kernelweighted local linear smoother, The variable selection algorithm in the paper is substantially fasler than previous Bayesian variable sclcclion algorithms. K('I ' word~': Additive nlodel, Pov¢¢r Iransformalio:l: Robust cslinlalion
Statistical algorithms for models in state space using SsfPack 2.2
, 1999
"... This paper discusses and documents the algorithms of SsfPack 2.2. SsfPack is a suite of C routines for carrying out computations involving the statistical analysis of univariate and multivariate models in state space form. The emphasis is on documenting the link we have made to the Ox computing envi ..."
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This paper discusses and documents the algorithms of SsfPack 2.2. SsfPack is a suite of C routines for carrying out computations involving the statistical analysis of univariate and multivariate models in state space form. The emphasis is on documenting the link we have made to the Ox computing environment. SsfPack allows for a full range of different state space forms: from a simple timeinvariant model to a complicated timevarying model. Functions can be used which put standard models such as ARMA and cubic spline models in state space form. Basic functions are available for ltering, moment smoothing and simulation smoothing. Readytouse functions are provided for standard tasks such as likelihood evaluation, forecasting and signal extraction. We show that SsfPack can be easily used for implementing, tting and analysing Gaussian models relevant to many areas of econometrics and statistics. Some Gaussian illustrations are given.
Analysis of multivariate probit models
 BIOMETRIKA
, 1998
"... This paper provides a practical simulationbased Bayesian and nonBayesian analysis of correlated binary data using the multivariate probit model. The posterior distribution is simulated by Markov chain Monte Carlo methods and maximum likelihood estimates are obtained by a Monte Carlo version of the ..."
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This paper provides a practical simulationbased Bayesian and nonBayesian analysis of correlated binary data using the multivariate probit model. The posterior distribution is simulated by Markov chain Monte Carlo methods and maximum likelihood estimates are obtained by a Monte Carlo version of the EM algorithm. A practical approach for the computation of Bayes factors from the simulation output is also developed. The methods are applied to a dataset with a bivariate binary response, to a fouryear longitudinal dataset from the Six Cities study of the health effects of air pollution and to a sevenvariate binary response dataset on the labour supply of married women from the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics.
How Many Iterations in the Gibbs Sampler?
 In Bayesian Statistics 4
, 1992
"... When the Gibbs sampler is used to estimate posterior distributions (Gelfand and Smith, 1990), the question of how many iterations are required is central to its implementation. When interest focuses on quantiles of functionals of the posterior distribution, we describe an easilyimplemented metho ..."
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When the Gibbs sampler is used to estimate posterior distributions (Gelfand and Smith, 1990), the question of how many iterations are required is central to its implementation. When interest focuses on quantiles of functionals of the posterior distribution, we describe an easilyimplemented method for determining the total number of iterations required, and also the number of initial iterations that should be discarded to allow for "burnin". The method uses only the Gibbs iterates themselves, and does not, for example, require external specification of characteristics of the posterior density. Here the method is described for the situation where one long run is generated, but it can also be easily applied if there are several runs from different starting points. It also applies more generally to Markov chain Monte Carlo schemes other than the Gibbs sampler. It can also be used when several quantiles are to be estimated, when the quantities of interest are probabilities rath...
Calculating posterior distributions and modal estimates in Markov mixture models
 Journal of Econometrics
, 1996
"... This paper is concerned with finite mixture models in which the populations from one observation to the next are selected according to an unobserved Markov process. A new, full Bayesian approach based on the method of Gibbs sampling is developed. Calculations are simplified by data augmentation, ach ..."
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This paper is concerned with finite mixture models in which the populations from one observation to the next are selected according to an unobserved Markov process. A new, full Bayesian approach based on the method of Gibbs sampling is developed. Calculations are simplified by data augmentation, achieved by introducing a population index variable into the list of unknown parameters. It is shown that the latent variables, one for each observation, can be simulated from their joint distribution given the data and the remaining parameters. This result serves to accelerate the convergence of the Gibbs sample. Modal estimates are also computed by stochastic versions of the EM algorithm. These provide an alternative to a lull Bayesian approach and to existing methods of locating the maximum likelihood estimate. The ideas are applied in detail to Poisson data, mixtures of rnultivariate normal distributions, and autoregressivc time series.
Metropolized Independent Sampling with Comparisons to Rejection Sampling and Importance Sampling
, 1996
"... this paper, a special MetropolisHastings type algorithm, Metropolized independent sampling, proposed firstly in Hastings (1970), is studied in full detail. The eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the corresponding Markov chain, as well as a sharp bound for the total variation distance between the nth ..."
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this paper, a special MetropolisHastings type algorithm, Metropolized independent sampling, proposed firstly in Hastings (1970), is studied in full detail. The eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the corresponding Markov chain, as well as a sharp bound for the total variation distance between the nth updated distribution and the target distribution, are provided. Furthermore, the relationship between this scheme, rejection sampling, and importance sampling are studied with emphasizes on their relative efficiencies. It is shown that Metropolized independent sampling is superior to rejection sampling in two aspects: asymptotic efficiency and ease of computation. Key Words: Coupling, Delta method, Eigen analysis, Importance ratio. 1 1 Introduction
Markov Chain Monte Carlo Simulation Methods in Econometrics
, 1993
"... We present several Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methods that have been widely used in recent years in econometrics and statistics. Among these is the Gibbs sampler, which has been of particular interest to econometricians. Although the paper summarizes some of the relevant theoretical literat ..."
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We present several Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methods that have been widely used in recent years in econometrics and statistics. Among these is the Gibbs sampler, which has been of particular interest to econometricians. Although the paper summarizes some of the relevant theoretical literature, its emphasis is on the presentation and explanation of applications to important models that are studied in econometrics. We include a discussion of some implementation issues, the use of the methods in connection with the EM algorithm, and how the methods can be helpful in model specification questions. Many of the applications of these methods are of particular interest to Bayesians, but we also point out ways in which frequentist statisticians may find the techniques useful.
An exact likelihood analysis of the multinomial probit model
, 1994
"... We develop new methods for conducting a finite sample, likelihoodbased analysis of the multinomial probit model. Using a variant of the Gibbs sampler, an algorithm is developed to draw from the exact posterior of the multinomial probit model with correlated errors. This approach avoids direct evalu ..."
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We develop new methods for conducting a finite sample, likelihoodbased analysis of the multinomial probit model. Using a variant of the Gibbs sampler, an algorithm is developed to draw from the exact posterior of the multinomial probit model with correlated errors. This approach avoids direct evaluation of the likelihood and, thus, avoids the problems associated with calculating choice probabilities which affect both the standard likelihood and method of simulated moments approaches. Both simulated and actual consumer panel data are used to fit sixdimensional choice models. We also develop methods for analyzing random coefficient and multiperiod probit models.