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Adaptive polar sampling with an application to a Bayes measure of value-at-risk

  • Computer Science


Adaptive Polar Sampling (APS) is proposed as a Markov chain Monte Carlo method for Bayesian analysis of models with ill-behaved posterior distributions. In order to sample efficiently from such a distribution, location-scale transformation and a transformation to polar coordinates are used. After the transformation to polar coordinates, a MetropolisHastings algorithm is applied to sample directions and, conditionally on these, distances are generated by inverting the CDF. A sequential procedure is applied to update the location and scale. Tested on a set of canonical models that feature near non-identifiability, strong correlation, and bimodality, APS compares favourably with the standard Metropolis-Hastings sampler in terms of parsimony and robustness. APS is applied within a Bayesian analysis of a GARCH-mixture model which is used for the evaluation of the Value-at-Risk of the return of the Dow Jones stock index.

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