Bayesian Analysis

Simultaneous Linear Quantile Regression: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach

Joseph B. Kadane and Surya T. Tokdar

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We introduce a semi-parametric Bayesian framework for a simultaneous analysis of linear quantile regression models. A simultaneous analysis is essential to attain the true potential of the quantile regression framework, but is computationally challenging due to the associated monotonicity constraint on the quantile curves. For a univariate covariate, we present a simpler equivalent characterization of the monotonicity constraint through an interpolation of two monotone curves. The resulting formulation leads to a tractable likelihood function and is embedded within a Bayesian framework where the two monotone curves are modeled via logistic transformations of a smooth Gaussian process. A multivariate extension is suggested by combining the full support univariate model with a linear projection of the predictors. The resulting single-index model remains easy to fit and provides substantial and measurable improvement over the first order linear heteroscedastic model. Two illustrative applications of the proposed method are provided.

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Bayesian Anal., Volume 7, Number 1 (2012), 51-72.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 June 2012

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Bayesian Inference Bayesian Nonparametric Models Gaussian Processes Joint Quantile Model Linear Quantile Regression Monotone Curves


Tokdar, Surya T.; Kadane, Joseph B. Simultaneous Linear Quantile Regression: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach. Bayesian Anal. 7 (2012), no. 1, 51--72. doi:10.1214/12-BA702.

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