# 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 sampling Bayesian conditional distribution for mean of a Normal distribution

first post here in CV. I'm currently working on a textbook exercise on Gibbs Sampling and got stuck on naming the distribution for one of the conditional distributions. Question Consider a normal ...
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### Gibbs sampler of a generative model

I understand what a Gibbs sampler is and I understand how LDA does classification. But I'm unsure how I can generate a Gibbs sampler for an LDA model and how to meld the two concepts. Let's say I ...
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### Bayesian mixture model joint posterior

I am just starting to learn about bayesian mixture models. There is a few clarifications that I want to make which I am not sure myself. The graphical model below describes a gaussian mixture model ...
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### Implementation of a blocked Gibbs sampler for a mixture model with a Dirichlet-process prior

I am trying to understand and implement the blocked Gibbs sampler described on page 552 in Bayesian Data Analysis by Gelman et al. in the context of using a Dirichlet process as a prior in a mixture ...
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### Deriving full conditionals from joint distributions?

In this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_08GKWHFWo), the author derives the conditional distributions from the joint; but I got lost in the mechanics of what happened, the process was overly ...
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### Gibbs sampling proposals for bivariate normal?

I'm very familiar with Metropolis-Hastings, having implemented the algorithm myself to handle "toy problems." Gibbs sampling, however, is a bit trickier for me as I'm not quite certain what ...
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### Sampling from multivariate normal conditional on a negative minimum

Let $X\sim \mathcal{N}(\mu,\Sigma)$, where $\mu\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and $\Sigma\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$. How can I efficiently sample from $X | {\min{X}\le 0}$? (I.e. from the distribution of $X$ ...
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### Intuition on why Gibbs Sampling samples from the posterior distribution

I am new to Gibbs Sampling and I do understand how the algorithm works but I would also like to understand how sampling from the conditional distributions is equivalent to sampling from the joint. ...
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### Uncorrelated Samples from a non-conjugate (but well behaved) posterior

I'm trying to create a Dirichlet process mixture model with a kernel distribution similar to a product of gammas. (in fact, if I generate a latent random variable, it IS a product of (independent) ...
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### How to create a distribution and sample?

Suppose we are given some small set of data on bundles of electrical wires and increasing voltages run through them, and we note how many of the individual wires fail. So for example, a large data ...
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### Gibbs Sampling vs. Using Raw Probability in Contrastive Divergence

In Hinton's Practical Guide to Training Restricted Boltzmann Machines, Section 3, he discusses different situations in which one should take a sample from the Gibbs sampling process, and other ...
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### How does pymc3 posterior simulation work in this simple case without having the full conditional distributions?

I'm trying to estimate the posterior distribution of the gamma parameters alpha and beta given that my data comes from a gamma distribution and the priors I chose come from two uniform distributions. ...
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### Running several MCMC chains after convergence?

I am running a MCMC Gibbs sampler for a computationally expensive model. It takes ~12 hours to obtain 1000 iterations of this MCMC sampler. I have tested the sampler, and I found that the chain seems ...
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### Estimating parameters with Gibbs sampling?

I've been trying to understand Gibbs sampling; my end goal is to intuitively understand it in the context of MCMC methods. However, in order to reach that end, I started a with simpler example. I ...
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### What is the difference between Metropolis-Hastings, Gibbs, Importance, and Rejection sampling?

I have been trying to learn MCMC methods and have come across Metropolis-Hastings, Gibbs, Importance, and Rejection sampling. While some of these differences are obvious, i.e., how Gibbs is a special ...
I have a likelihood function, $$p(x) = \theta^{\sum x} (1- \theta)^{n-\sum x}$$ and prior distribution, $$p(\theta) \propto \theta^{\alpha - 1} (1- \theta)^{\beta - 1}$$ then the posterior ...