On Marginal Likelihood Computation in Change-Point Models
Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 56, 3415-3429, 2012
35 Pages Posted: 9 May 2017
Date Written: June 30, 2010
Change-point models are useful for modeling time series subject to structural breaks. For interpretation and forecasting, it is essential to estimate correctly the number of change points in this class of models. In Bayesian inference, the number of change points is typically chosen by the marginal likelihood criterion, computed by Chib’s method. This method requires to select a value in the parameter space at which the computation is performed. Bayesian inference for a change-point dynamic regression model and the computation of its marginal likelihood are explained. Motivated by results from three empirical illustrations, a simulation study shows that Chib’s method is robust with respect to the choice of the parameter value used in the computations, among posterior mean, mode and quartiles. However, taking into account the precision of the marginal likelihood estimator, the overall recommendation is to use the posterior mode or median. Furthermore, the performance of the Bayesian information criterion, which is based on maximum likelihood estimates, in selecting the correct model is comparable to that of the marginal likelihood.
Keywords: Bayesian inference, BIC, change-point model, structural break, marginal likelihood
JEL Classification: C11, C22, C52
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