Bayesian Model Averaging in Longitudinal Studies using Bayesian Variable Selection Methods

Belay Birlie, Martin Otava, Teshome Degefa, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Ziv Shkedy

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Abstract

Parameter estimation is often considered as a post-selection problem, i.e. the parameters of interest are often estimated based on "the best" model. However, this approach does not take into account that "the best" model was selected from a set of possible models. Ignoring this uncertainty may lead to bias in estimation. In this paper, we present a Bayesian variable selection (BVS) approach for model averaging which would address the model uncertainty. Although averaging would be the preferred approach, BVS can be used as well for model selection if the interest is to select one among the set of candidate models. The performance of Bayesian variable selection is compared with the information criterion-based model averaging on real longitudinal data and through simulations study.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation
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Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021

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