The Annals of Statistics
- Ann. Statist.
- Volume 16, Number 2 (1988), 895-914.
A Quasirandom Approach to Integration in Bayesian Statistics
Practical Bayesian statistics with realistic models usually gives posterior distributions that are analytically intractable, and inferences must be made via numerical integration. In many cases, the integrands can be transformed into periodic functions on the unit $d$-dimensional cube, for which quasirandom sequences are known to give efficient numerical integration rules. This paper reviews some relevant theory, defines new criteria for identifying suitable quasirandom sequences and suggests some extensions to the basic integration rules. Various quasirandom methods are then compared on the sort of integrals that arise in Bayesian inference and are shown to be much more efficient than Monte Carlo methods.
Ann. Statist., Volume 16, Number 2 (1988), 895-914.
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Shaw, J. E. H. A Quasirandom Approach to Integration in Bayesian Statistics. Ann. Statist. 16 (1988), no. 2, 895--914. doi:10.1214/aos/1176350842. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1176350842