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    Bayesian semiparametric analysis of multivariate continuous responses, with variable selection

    Papageorgiou, Georgios and Marshall, Ben (2020) Bayesian semiparametric analysis of multivariate continuous responses, with variable selection. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 29 (4), pp. 896-909. ISSN 1061-8600.

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    This paper presents an approach to Bayesian semiparametric inference for Gaussian multivariate response regression. We are motivated by various small and medium dimensional problems from the physical and social sciences. The statistical challenges revolve around dealing with the unknown mean and variance functions and in particular, the correlation matrix. To tackle these problems, we have developed priors over the smooth functions and a Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm for inference and model selection. Specifically: Dirichlet process mixtures of Gaussian distributions is used as the basis for a cluster-inducing prior over the elements of the correlation matrix. The smooth, multidimensional means and variances are represented using radial basis function expansions. The complexity of the model, in terms of variable selection and smoothness, is then controlled by spike-slab priors. A simulation study is presented, demonstrating performance as the response dimension increases. Finally, the model is fit to a number of real world datasets. An R package, scripts for replicating synthetic and real data examples, and a detailed description of the MCMC sampler are available in the supplemental materials online.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Clustering; Covariance matrix models, Model averaging, Multivariate response regression, Seemingly unrelated regression models, Semiparametric regression
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Georgios Papageorgiou
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 15:38
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:47


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