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On the use of approximate Bayesian computation Markov chain Monte Carlo with inflated tolerance and post-correction (2020)

Vihola, M., & Franks, J. (2020). On the use of approximate Bayesian computation Markov chain Monte Carlo with inflated tolerance and post-correction. Biometrika, 107(2), 381-395. https://doi.org/10.1093/biomet/asz078

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All authors or editors: Vihola, Matti; Franks, Jordan

Journal or series: Biometrika

ISSN: 0006-3444

eISSN: 1464-3510

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 107

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 381-395

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/biomet/asz078

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/69182

Publication is parallel published: https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.00412


Approximate Bayesian computation enables inference for complicated probabilistic models with intractable likelihoods using model simulations. The Markov chain Monte Carlo implementation of approximate Bayesian computation is often sensitive to the tolerance parameter: low tolerance leads to poor mixing and large tolerance entails excess bias. We propose an approach that involves using a relatively large tolerance for the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler to ensure sufficient mixing and post-processing the output, leading to estimators for a range of finer tolerances. We introduce an approximate confidence interval for the related post-corrected estimators and propose an adaptive approximate Bayesian computation Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm, which finds a balanced tolerance level automatically based on acceptance rate optimization. Our experiments show that post-processing-based estimators can perform better than direct Markov chain Monte Carlo targeting a fine tolerance, that our confidence intervals are reliable, and that our adaptive algorithm leads to reliable inference with little user specification.

Keywords: algorithms; Bayesian analysis; Markov chains; Monte Carlo methods

Free keywords: adaptive algorithm; approximate Bayesian computation; confidence interval; importance sampling; Markov chain Monte Carlo; tolerance choice

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Reporting Year: 2020

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