bridge_sampler.brmsfit: Log Marginal Likelihood via Bridge Sampling

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Log Marginal Likelihood via Bridge Sampling


Computes log marginal likelihood via bridge sampling, which can be used in the computation of bayes factors and posterior model probabilities. The brmsfit method is just a thin wrapper around the corresponding method for stanfit objects.


## S3 method for class 'brmsfit'
bridge_sampler(samples, recompile = FALSE, ...)



A brmsfit object.


Logical, indicating whether the Stan model should be recompiled. This may be necessary if you are running bridge sampling on another machine than the one used to fit the model. No recompilation is done by default.


Additional arguments passed to bridge_sampler.stanfit.


Computing the marginal likelihood requires samples of all variables defined in Stan's parameters block to be saved. Otherwise bridge_sampler cannot be computed. Thus, please set save_pars = save_pars(all = TRUE) in the call to brm, if you are planning to apply bridge_sampler to your models.

The computation of marginal likelihoods based on bridge sampling requires a lot more posterior draws than usual. A good conservative rule of thump is perhaps 10-fold more draws (read: the default of 4000 draws may not be enough in many cases). If not enough posterior draws are provided, the bridge sampling algorithm tends to be unstable leading to considerably different results each time it is run. We thus recommend running bridge_sampler multiple times to check the stability of the results.

More details are provided under bridgesampling::bridge_sampler.

See Also

bayes_factor, post_prob


## Not run: 
# model with the treatment effect
fit1 <- brm(
  count ~ zAge + zBase + Trt,
  data = epilepsy, family = negbinomial(),
  prior = prior(normal(0, 1), class = b),
  save_pars = save_pars(all = TRUE)

# model without the treatment effect
fit2 <- brm(
  count ~ zAge + zBase,
  data = epilepsy, family = negbinomial(),
  prior = prior(normal(0, 1), class = b),
  save_pars = save_pars(all = TRUE)

## End(Not run)

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