# Questions tagged [gibbs]

The Gibbs sampler is a simple form of Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation, widely used in Bayesian statistics, based on sampling from full conditional distributions for each variable or group of variables. The name comes from the method being first used on Gibbs random fields modeling of images by Geman and Geman (1984).

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### What does it means of Normalization term of Gibbs distribution?

I am studying about Gibbs distribution concept and I am confusing a one term in that concept that is normalization term. According to the Hammersley–Clifford theorem, an random $x$ can equivalently be ...
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### Gibbs sampler: how can thinning equal to the number of iterations work?

I fit an LDA topic model, using the R package topicmodels. No hiccups and everything runs smoothly, my question here is conceptual. When controlling the Gibbs sampler, the default value (in the ...
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### Why Gibbs sampling?

I am new to Gibbs sampling and sampling in general, so here is a basic question. I am reading this tutorial. Equation (40) is our complicated joint probability and equation (49) the less complicated ...
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### Direct/indirect sampling of conditionals in Gibbs sampling

I have some problems understanding the definition of Gibbs sampling. Let us take into consideration a bivariate distribution \begin{equation} \pi(x_1,x_2): S \subset \mathcal{R^2} \rightarrow \...
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