## Continuous contour Monte Carlo for marginal density estimation with an application to a spatial statistical model (2007)

Venue: | Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics |

Citations: | 7 - 3 self |

### BibTeX

@ARTICLE{Liang07continuouscontour,

author = {Faming Liang},

title = {Continuous contour Monte Carlo for marginal density estimation with an application to a spatial statistical model},

journal = {Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics},

year = {2007},

pages = {608--632}

}

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### Abstract

The problem of marginal density estimation for a multivariate density function f(x) can be generally stated as a problem of density function estimation for a random vector λ(x) of dimension lower than that of x. In this article, we propose a technique, the so-called continuous Contour Monte Carlo (CCMC) algorithm, for solving this problem. CCMC can be viewed as a continuous version of the contour Monte Carlo (CMC) algorithm recently proposed in the literature. CCMC abandons the use of sample space partitioning and incorporates the techniques of kernel density estimation into its simulations. CCMC is more general than other marginal density estimation algorithms. First, it works for any density functions, even for those having a rugged or unbalanced energy landscape. Second, it works for any transformation λ(x) regardless of the availability of the analytical form of the inverse transformation. In this article, CCMC is applied to estimate the unknown normalizing constant function for a spatial autologistic model, and the estimate is then used in a Bayesian analysis for the spatial autologistic model in place of the true normalizing constant function. Numerical results on the U.S. cancer mortality data indicate that the Bayesian method can produce much more accurate estimates than the MPLE and MCMLE methods for the parameters of the spatial autologistic model.