ZVCV: Zero-Variance Control Variates

Stein control variates can be used to improve Monte Carlo estimates of expectations when the derivatives of the log target are available. This package implements a variety of such methods, including zero-variance control variates (ZV-CV, Mira et al. (2013) <doi:10.1007/s11222-012-9344-6>), regularised ZV-CV (South et al., 2018 <arXiv:1811.05073>), control functionals (CF, Oates et al. (2017) <doi:10.1111/rssb.12185>) and semi-exact control functionals (SECF, South et al., 2020 <arXiv:2002.00033>). ZV-CV is a parametric approach that is exact for (low order) polynomial integrands with Gaussian targets. CF is a non-parametric alternative that offers better than the standard Monte Carlo convergence rates. SECF has both a parametric and a non-parametric component and it offers the advantages of both for an additional computational cost. Functions for applying ZV-CV and CF to two estimators for the normalising constant of the posterior distribution in Bayesian statistics are also supplied in this package. The basic requirements for using the package are a set of samples, derivatives and function evaluations.

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Package details

AuthorLeah F. South [aut, cre] (<https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5646-2963>)
MaintainerLeah F. South <leah.south@hdr.qut.edu.au>
LicenseGPL (>= 2)
Package repositoryView on CRAN
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ZVCV documentation built on July 2, 2020, 2:38 a.m.