Bayesian model averaging with the integrated nested laplace approximation

Virgilio Gómez-Rubio, Roger S. Bivand, Haavard Rue

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The integrated nested Laplace approximation (INLA) for Bayesian inference is an efficient approach to estimate the posterior marginal distributions of the parameters and latent effects of Bayesian hierarchical models that can be expressed as latent Gaussian Markov random fields (GMRF). The representation as a GMRF allows the associated software R-INLA to estimate the posterior marginals in a fraction of the time as typical Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms. INLA can be extended by means of Bayesian model averaging (BMA) to increase the number of models that it can fit to conditional latent GMRF. In this paper, we review the use of BMA with INLA and propose a new example on spatial econometrics models.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2 2020


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