# Questions tagged [hierarchical-bayesian]

Hierarchical Bayesian models specify priors on parameters and hyperpriors on the parameters of the prior distributions

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### Horseshoe priors and random slope/intercept regressions

I'm interested in using the horseshoe prior (or the related hierarchical-shrinkage family of priors) for regression coefficients of a traditional multilevel regression (e.g., random slopes/intercepts)....
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### Why does increasing number of observations in linear mixed model cause Bayesian modelling approach to fail?

I have a fairly good understanding of the theory behind Bayesian modeling and I have started to attempt some practical modeling using jags in R. I have been ...
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### Hyper-prior for negative binomial in hierarchical model using JAGS/BUGS

Below I'm using a negative binomial because it is more flexible than a simple poisson model. The data are counts $y$ of events for 16 individuals $x$. There are 14 counts (i.e. counting periods) for ...
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### Hierarchical model: question on frequentist estimation

I am interested in understanding the differences between Bayesian and Frequentist estimation in the context of hierarchical models. Consider $n$ subjects, where for subject $i$ there are $k_i$ ...
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### How to infer a prior belief after observing a behavior

My participant goes through a maze made of 32 T intersections. At each intersection he must choose whether to go either to the left or to the right: one option will lead to another T intersection, ...
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### Likelihood function of a hierarchical model

I have the following model: $$y\sim\textrm{MvNormal}\left(\mu,\Sigma\right)\\ p=\textrm{logistic}\left(y\right)\\ k\sim\textrm{Binomial}\left(p,n\right)$$ Where $\mu$ and $\Sigma$ are free ...
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### Run MAP estimates before MCMC in most cases?

I am learning Bayesian statistics. I found that this pymc3 introduction sometimes uses MAP to estimate the parameters for the MCMC input (the regression example), but the intro doesn't run MAP for ...
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### Implementing a hierarchical bayesian graphical model in R

The shorter version: 1. Bayesian graphical models are new to me. 2. I want to use R to model spatial variation in county level crime using a BGN. I have been working with bnlearn, and would ideally ...
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### Gibbs sampling deriving complete conditionals with mixture priors

My question is about the derivation of the complete conditionals for Gibbs sampling in a hierarchical model where some of the parameters are mixtures of point-masses and Normal distributions. The ...
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### Difference between hierarchical Bayes and random parameter/effects models?

From my limited understanding, the difference is mainly that hierarchical Bayes (HB) incorporates parameter distribution priors that will "constrain" the individual parameters to one side of the ...
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### Effect size for contrasts in hierarchical Bayesian “ANOVA”

Kruschke (2014) shows in his book how to compute posterior distributions of effect sizes (standardized mean difference) for the Bayesian analogues of frequentist independent-samples t-tests, and one-...
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### What convergence diagnostics are appropriate for a Bayesian hierarchical logistic regression model?

Using WinBUGS, I fit several Bayesian hierarchical logistic regression models for the mean of a binary response variable conditional on a set of criteria. I am now using CODA in R to determine if my ...
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### When are there analytic results for hierarchical-Bayesian models?

When, if ever, are there analytic solutions to hierarchical models? For example, under what conditions can we find an analytic form for the distribution of $X$ in the network below? $X$ has one ...