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Gibbs Sampling Methods for StickBreaking Priors
"... ... In this paper we present two general types of Gibbs samplers that can be used to fit posteriors of Bayesian hierarchical models based on stickbreaking priors. The first type of Gibbs sampler, referred to as a Polya urn Gibbs sampler, is a generalized version of a widely used Gibbs sampling meth ..."
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... In this paper we present two general types of Gibbs samplers that can be used to fit posteriors of Bayesian hierarchical models based on stickbreaking priors. The first type of Gibbs sampler, referred to as a Polya urn Gibbs sampler, is a generalized version of a widely used Gibbs sampling method currently employed for Dirichlet process computing. This method applies to stickbreaking priors with a known P'olya urn characterization; that is priors with an explicit and simple prediction rule. Our second method, the blocked Gibbs sampler, is based on a entirely different approach that works by directly sampling values from the posterior of the random measure. The blocked Gibbs sampler can be viewed as a more general approach as it works without requiring an explicit prediction rule. We find that the blocked Gibbs avoids some of the limitations seen with the Polya urn approach and should be simpler for nonexperts to use.
A computational approach for full nonparametric Bayesian inference under Dirichlet process mixture models
 Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics
, 2002
"... Widely used parametric generalizedlinear models are, unfortunately,a somewhat limited class of speci � cations. Nonparametric aspects are often introduced to enrich this class, resultingin semiparametricmodels. Focusing on single or ksample problems,many classical nonparametricapproachesare limited ..."
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Widely used parametric generalizedlinear models are, unfortunately,a somewhat limited class of speci � cations. Nonparametric aspects are often introduced to enrich this class, resultingin semiparametricmodels. Focusing on single or ksample problems,many classical nonparametricapproachesare limited to hypothesistesting. Those that allow estimation are limited to certain functionals of the underlying distributions. Moreover, the associated inference often relies upon asymptotics when nonparametric speci � cations are often most appealing for smaller sample sizes. Bayesian nonparametricapproachesavoid asymptotics but have, to date, been limited in the range of inference. Working with Dirichlet process priors, we overcome the limitations of existing simulationbasedmodel � tting approaches which yield inference that is con � ned to posterior moments of linear functionals of the population distribution.This article provides a computationalapproach to obtain the entire posterior distribution for more general functionals. We illustrate with three applications: investigation of extreme value distributions associated with a single population, comparison of medians in a ksample problem, and comparison of survival times from different populations under fairly heavy censoring.
Computational Methods for Multiplicative Intensity Models using Weighted Gamma . . .
 PROCESSES: PROPORTIONAL HAZARDS, MARKED POINT PROCESSES AND PANEL COUNT DATA
, 2004
"... We develop computational procedures for a class of Bayesian nonparametric and semiparametric multiplicative intensity models incorporating kernel mixtures of spatial weighted gamma measures. A key feature of our approach is that explicit expressions for posterior distributions of these models share ..."
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We develop computational procedures for a class of Bayesian nonparametric and semiparametric multiplicative intensity models incorporating kernel mixtures of spatial weighted gamma measures. A key feature of our approach is that explicit expressions for posterior distributions of these models share many common structural features with the posterior distributions of Bayesian hierarchical models using the Dirichlet process. Using this fact, along with an approximation for the weighted gamma process, we show that with some care, one can adapt efficient algorithms used for the Dirichlet process to this setting. We discuss blocked Gibbs sampling procedures and Pólya urn Gibbs samplers. We illustrate our methods with applications to proportional hazard models, Poisson spatial regression models, recurrent events, and panel count data.
Bayesian Model Selection in Finite Mixtures by Marginal Density Decompositions
 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION
, 2001
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Semiparametric Bayes hierarchical models with mean and variance constraints
"... In parametric hierarchical models, it is standard practice to place mean and variance constraints on the latent variable distributions for sake of identifiability and interpretability. Because incorporation of such constraints is challenging in semiparametric models that allow latent variable distr ..."
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In parametric hierarchical models, it is standard practice to place mean and variance constraints on the latent variable distributions for sake of identifiability and interpretability. Because incorporation of such constraints is challenging in semiparametric models that allow latent variable distributions to be unknown, previous methods either constrain the median or avoid constraints. In this article, we propose a centered stickbreaking process (CSBP), which induces mean and variance constraints on an unknown distribution in a hierarchical model. This is accomplished by viewing an unconstrained stickbreaking process as a parameterexpanded version of a CSBP. An efficient blocked Gibbs sampler is developed for posterior computation. The methods are illustrated through a simulated example and an epidemiologic application.
A model for dissipation: cascade SDE with Markov regimeswitching and Dirichlet prior
, 2008
"... Cascade Stochastic Differential Equation (SDE), a continuous time model for energy dissipation in turbulence, is a generalization of the Yaglom discrete cascade model. We extend this SDE to a model in random environment by assuming that its two parameters are switched by a continuous time Markov cha ..."
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Cascade Stochastic Differential Equation (SDE), a continuous time model for energy dissipation in turbulence, is a generalization of the Yaglom discrete cascade model. We extend this SDE to a model in random environment by assuming that its two parameters are switched by a continuous time Markov chain whose states represent the states of the environment. Moreover, a Dirichlet process is placed as a prior on the space of sample paths of this chain. We propose a Bayesian estimation method of this model which is tested both on simulated data and on real data of wind speed measured at the entrance of the mangrove ecosystem in Guadeloupe.