Tempered Particle Filtering

67 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2016

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Edward Herbst

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Frank Schorfheide

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: 2016-08-25


The accuracy of particle filters for nonlinear state-space models crucially depends on the proposal distribution that mutates time t-1 particle values into time t values. In the widely-used bootstrap particle filter this distribution is generated by the state-transition equation. While straightforward to implement, the practical performance is often poor. We develop a self-tuning particle filter in which the proposal distribution is constructed adaptively through a sequence of Monte Carlo steps. Intuitively, we start from a measurement error distribution with an inflated variance, and then gradually reduce the variance to its nominal level in a sequence of steps that we call tempering. We show that the filter generates an unbiased and consistent approximation of the likelihood function. Holding the run time fixed, our filter is substantially more accurate in two DSGE model applications than the bootstrap particle filter.

Keywords: Bayesian Analysis, DSGE Models, Monte Carlo Methods, Nonlinear Filtering

JEL Classification: C11, C15, E10

Suggested Citation

Herbst, Edward and Schorfheide, Frank, Tempered Particle Filtering (2016-08-25). FEDS Working Paper No. 2016-072. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2016.072

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Frank Schorfheide

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

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