dist.YangBerger: Yang-Berger Distribution

Description Usage Arguments Details Value References See Also Examples

Description

This is the density function for the Yang-Berger prior distribution for a covariance matrix or precision matrix.

Usage

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Arguments

x

This is the k x k positive-definite covariance matrix or precision matrix for dyangberger or the Cholesky factor U of the covariance matrix or precision matrix for dyangbergerc.

log

Logical. If log=TRUE, then the logarithm of the density is returned.

Details

Yang and Berger (1994) derived a least informative prior (LIP) for a covariance matrix or precision matrix. The Yang-Berger (YB) distribution does not have any parameters. It is a reference prior for objective Bayesian inference. The Cholesky parameterization is also provided here.

The YB prior distribution results in a proper posterior. It involves an eigendecomposition of the covariance matrix or precision matrix. It is difficult to interpret a model that uses the YB prior, due to a lack of intuition regarding the relationship between eigenvalues and correlations.

Compared to Jeffreys prior for a covariance matrix, this reference prior encourages equal eigenvalues, and therefore results in a covariance matrix or precision matrix with a better shrinkage of its eigenstructure.

Value

dyangberger and dyangbergerc give the density.

References

Yang, R. and Berger, J.O. (1994). "Estimation of a Covariance Matrix using the Reference Prior". Annals of Statistics, 2, p. 1195-1211.

See Also

dinvwishart and dwishart

Examples

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library(LaplacesDemon)
X <- matrix(c(1,0.8,0.8,1), 2, 2)
dyangberger(X, log=TRUE)

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