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"JAGS is Just Another Gibbs Sampler. It is a program for analysis of Bayesian hierarchical models using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation not wholly unlike BUGS." (http://mcmc-jags.sourceforge.net/)

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How to include Cohen's D from Meta-Analysis into JAGS/BUGS mean difference model

I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to use Cohen's D (and Standard Error) as an informed prior while building a BUGS model (to be tested in JAGS through R) that compares the mean difference ...
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How many sides does a die have? Bayesian inference in JAGS

Problem I would like to do some inference on a system analogous to die with an unknown number of sides. The die is rolled several times, after which I would like to infer a probability distribution ...
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Error metric for cross-validation on interval-censored data?

I want to compare crossvalidated model fit (of two Bayesian models, one using a normal distribution and the other a t-distribution) on interval-censored data - data where the exact point is not known, ...
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Deviance n.eff in R becoming 1 at high sample n

I've been doing some basic bayesian t-tests in OpenBUGS, and later JAGS (via a friendly biometrician), and in both cases I ran into a bizarre property of the R-2- packages on the output. Specifically, ...
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Priors for Truncated Parameters - RJAGS

I would like to estimate the parameters of a specific model. The model specification is as follows: $p_t = k_t + B_t/(1-B_t) + \eta_t$, where $ \eta_t \sim N(0, \sigma^2)$ $R_{t+1} = R_{t} + R_t (...
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Gamma parameterization and how to randomly generate $\sigma$'s for use in `rnorm(n, $\mu$, $\sigma$)`

Say I have a normal distribution parameterized with a mean ($\mu$) and precision ($\tau = 1/\sigma^2)$. In JAGS, I would specify a prior for $\tau$ as ...
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Effect of “parameters.to.save” in R2jags/ JAGS

I'm using the package R2jags in R, which uses the parameters.to.save argument to specify parameters. I'm interested in the statistical distinction between a ...
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Managing high autocorrelation in MCMC

I'm building a rather complex hierarchical Bayesian model for a meta-analysis using R and JAGS. Simplifying a bit, the two key levels of the model have $$ y_{ij} = \alpha_j + \epsilon_i$$ $$\alpha_j =...
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MCMC Estimation of Multidimensional 2PL IRT Model Using JAGS

I'm trying to prepare for some more advanced work involving MIRT models I'll be doing later this year by fitting a very simple multidimensional 2PL model to some simulated data using MCMC methods in ...
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AR(1) model - which prior to use?

I want to use the following univariate model: $y_t = \mu_t + \epsilon_t, \ \epsilon_t \sim N(0,1)$ $\mu_t = \phi \mu_{t-1} + \omega_t, \ \omega_t \sim N(0,\sigma_\omega^2)$ That is, $\mu_t$ follows ...
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Discrete MCMC JAGS chains get stuck

I have been running a model where one of the parameters is discrete. I can't think of a simple way to represent this model, so I won't (unless necessary) post it here. My issue is, that when I look ...
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JAGS choosing a random subset of a vector

I would like to allow the subset of a vector I am summing over to be a random quantity. My model is of the form (albeit more complex): ...
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JAGS Error when fitting Gamma GLM: Invalid parent values

I am trying to fit a Gamma GLM to my data.Here's my code: ...
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Hierarchical Bayesian model with heterogenous errors

I have an experiment where I repeatedly show subjects two lights, and I ask which light is brighter. I am interested in whether error rates decrease over time, holding all else constant. I also ...
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What are good values for autocorrelation, Gelman, and cross-correlation in rjags?

I don't want to post my whole code since it is long, so I will only post part of it: ...
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Prediction based on bayesian model

I have created a bayesian model that estimates 6 parameters using rjags from R. Now i want to do some predictions based on new data in R. Can anyone help me with an example. ...
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JAGS Error: Invalid Parent Values on last observation

I am using R2jags to fit a model in R using JAGS. Here is my code: ...
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Bayesian meta analysis: implementation in BUGS/JAGS/STAN

I would like to conduct a meta analysis in order to collate the information from a number of studies. The parameter of interest is a probability $\theta$. In each of the studies, the observed data $...
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Jags - estimates are same as true values of y?

Lets say I have the following state space model: $y_t = \beta_t x_t + \epsilon_t$ $\beta_{t+1} = \mu_t + \beta_t \eta_t$ $\mu_{t+1} = \mu_t + \omega_t$ All my true values for $y$ are known, but I ...
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Can Jags be used to fit classical inference state space models?

Can Jags be used to fit classical inference state space models (that is without using a Bayesian approach by specifying a prior)? To be fully clear: can I estimate a state space model such as the ...
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Translating a bayesian model from MCMCpack (hregress) to JAGS

I am trying to convert a hierarchical model that currently works with the R package MCMCpack, into a JAGS version. I have experience working with regular models in JAGS, but not with hierarchical ...
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Estimating von Mises Parameters for Angular Data

I want to model some angular data. Any input on how to incorporate the von Mises distribution and suggestions on appropriate priors in RJAGS for von Mises mean and concentration would be greatly ...
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code works in jags but not winbugs [closed]

I have band-recovery data from several areas, and am trying to get survival rates for adult and juvenile for each area. Brownie model is used. The model is: ...
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RJAGS Multinomial-Dirichlet – Observed node inconsistent with unobserved parents at initialization

I am trying to model a simple 2x2 contingency table with a multinomial-Dirichlet model. A snippet of my data z[i,1:4] look like this: ...
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dmulti in jags when sum(p[i]) < 1

I have a problem with dmulti. Principially, this would be my model: ...
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JAGS, cannot evaluate upper index of counter

I asked this question at the JAGS sourceforge help forum but didn't get response there. I have the following JAGS model: ...
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Interpretation of absurdly large (but probably correct) Bayes Factors?

I estimated a Bayes factor to compare a hypothetical model against a null-model (which obviously by visual comparison of the posterior predictive with the data) fails to capture a certain aspect in ...
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R, JAGS and missing data

I am currently using JAGS via the program R to run N-mixture models using about 5 years of count data. In 3 of these years, there were 3 counts per site, while in the remaining 2 there were 2 counts ...
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“Observed node inconsistent ” when binomial success rate exactly one

I observed some curious behavior in JAGS (rjags). There probably is a good reason for it, but I can't figure it out: As part of a more complex model I have these statements: ...
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Comparing a model with two rate parameters to a model with one. Conjugate priors?

I have a model which includes two exponential rate parameters. I would like to test whether a model with two individual rates describes some data better than a model for which both rates are the same. ...
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Discrete predictors in a mixed effects model in JAGS

I'm fitting a random effects hierarchical model in JAGS and have a question regarding discrete predictors in the contexts of mixed effects models. In my data there is a group variable, which is the ...
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Bounds on correlation to ensure covariance matrix is positive definite

UPDATED: I am constructing a correlation matrix for an MA(1) process, which would look something like... $$ C = \left( \begin{array}{cccccccccccccccccc} 1 & \rho & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 &...
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Is multinomial the same as multiple binomial?

I wonder, if I write - in JAGS, WinBUGS, or in a paper: x[] ~ dmulti(p[], N) is it the same as if I write: ...
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How can regression trees be fit in WinBUGS/OpenBUGS/JAGS?

There is an R package called BayesTree which can fit regression trees in Bayesian environment. However, this way only simple regression is possible. I would like to use regression trees as a part of a ...
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Combining Posterior Distributions of Separate Models

I am running Bayesian models to estimate the number of fruits on a plant, given the presence/absence of herbivores. I get a posterior distribution on each mean. I then run a separate model to estimate ...
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Jags: How to create vector with probabilities that are based on one of its outcomes?

I am very new to Jags. I just started using it for my stats class. I have done other types of programming, but I am having trouble understanding how to use Jags properly. Right now, I have a vector ...
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R - how to get standard error for a breakpoint/parameter in a piecewise regression

I'm new to asking questions here, so I hope this is a reasonable place for this. I am trying to fit a piece-wise regression. I expect my response (y) to increase from x0 to somewhere along x, then to ...
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JAGS Multinomial mixture model with missing data

I am trying to fit a multinomial mixture model to data from a stream depletion survey. The data were collected by selecting a stream site that is a standard length (usually 150-200m depending on width)...
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Point Estimate of normally distributed threshold parameter with unknown mean and variance

I'm new to Bayesian analysis an applied what I learned in John Kruschke's book to simplified versions of a model I previously fitted with non-Bayesian methods. For those simplified versions, even ...
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Estimating parameters and latent variables in a split Poisson distribution using R and JAGS

I am trying to estimate parameters and latent variables in a split Poisson model that describes observable and unobservable counts in time assuming the split probability is $\pi$. An observable event ...
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Combining data from different sources

I want to combine data from different sources. Let's say I want to estimate a chemical property (e.g. a partitioning coefficient): I have some empirical data, varying due to measurement error around ...
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Specifying a Normal-Log-Normal Mixture (Skew Normal) in WINBUGS/JAGS

I am an actuary working on a Bayesian loss reserve model using incremental average severity data. Exploratory analysis of the response seems to suggest a skew normal distribution of some sort would be ...
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Dummy coding from a Bayesian point of view

If we want to use categorical variables in regression context, we are allowed to use dummy codings such as these schemes. Is this also required in a Bayesian (MCMC) context, such as with WinBUGS/...
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Fitting a simple JAGS model with RSTAN [closed]

I'm trying to fit a simple exponential model for left censored data using RSTAN to replicate something I did in JAGS. The JAGS model is: ...
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Setting a proper prior distribution on sigma for Bayesian Regression

I'd like to know how to set a proper prior distribution on sigma when using JAGS in a Bayesian regression. Here is what I have: ...
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JAGS error re length mismatch in Node

I am trying to specify a logistic regression model in JAGS. I am encountering an error I haven't seen before, and haven't found a solution online. I would appreciate if anyone knew what was happening. ...
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Appropriate GLM when response variable is proportion, but not binomial

The response variable I'm dealing with is the proportion of a total area that is suitable habitat for a species of interest. So although the response variable is bounded between 0 and 1, my intuition ...
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BUGS/JAGS for Nominal Response Model

I am a beginner with BUGS/JAGS and I was hoping to gather the opinion of you, experts. I am trying to implement a Nominal Item Response Analysis (Polytomous, not ordered, like a multiple-choice exam) ...
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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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JAGS meta-analysis

I'm using JAGS to run a meta-analysis and I've run into an issue. I have calculated log-response ratios and errors for about 177 studies, where studies fall into one of 8 groups. I'm interested in ...