# Questions tagged [mcmc-acceptance-rate]

The acceptance rate (acceptance ratio, acceptance fraction) for a Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampler indicates the fraction of accepted over proposed moves.

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### How can I find the acceptance probability for a joint Metropolis-Hastings proposal?

Suppose that I want to generate a proposal $(x^*,y^*,z^*)$ with the following: $$z^*\sim p(z|\alpha,\beta)$$ $$x^*\sim p(x|z^*,\boldsymbol{\gamma}_x)$$ $$y^*\sim p(y|z^*,\boldsymbol{\gamma}_y),$$ ...
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### Help to Proof of Gibbs sampler acceptance rate

i was wondering if someone could explain how the acceptance rate in the Gibbs Sampling works. In the literature it says that in Gibbs case, the acceptance is always 1 because part of the "...
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### How to understand the scaling in Metropolis Hastings MCMC

We know the Metropolis Hastings (MH) in MCMC: target distribution: $\pi(x)$ proposal distribution: $p(y|x)$ acceptance: $\alpha(x,y) = \min \Big(1, \dfrac{\pi(y)p(y|x)}{\pi(x)p(x|y)}\Big)$ Here are ...
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### How to apply MCMC to bayes when likelihood is not easy to compute

Let $z$ be observations and $w$ be the parameter that we want to infer. Assuming that we know the prior $p(x)$, by using Bayes law, we have $p(x|z) = p(z|x)p(x)/p(z)$ where $Z$ is the marginal ...
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### Estimates from MCMCglmm multivariate regression

I'm running a multivariate regression on two response variables (X and Y) using MCMCglmm in R. X is a continuous variable (family = Guassian) while Y is a binary response variable (family = threshold)....
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### Mean acceptance rate for Metropolis-Hastings algorithm

My question relates to the result stated on page 4 of: http://stat.columbia.edu/~gelman/research/published/baystat5.pdf which claims that the mean acceptance probability when performing the Metropolis-...
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### Metropolis Hastings for Poisson Distribution

Studying Bayesian Inference and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms, I am facing a self study question on a MCMC approach to a Poisson distribution with parameter $\lambda$. Using R, my code is:...
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### How can I tune my Random Walk Metropolis Hastings algorithm on the fly?

I just have a very general question. I've recently started to use Random Walk Metropolis-Hastings (RWMH) to sample from a distribution in order to calculate integrals. But I've noticed that the ...
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### How do we define the kernel to calculate the acceptance ratio for Metropolis-Hastings Markov Chain Monte Carlo?

I am having a lot of difficulty understanding how to apply the algorithm to a real scenario. The part that confuses me is that we are looking for a target distribution (the real distribution of our ...
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### what is the optimal step size for metropolis-hastings algorithm to have independent state

In the PRML chapter 11, The Metropolis-Hasting algorithm, For a sampler with Gaussian distribution as proposal distribution. The original distribution is correlated multivariate Gaussian distribution, ...
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### Proposal in MCMC lives in bigger space than parameter space. Which transformations should I choose?

I'm using a MCMC algorithm. The proposal is, due to lack of information on my part, a multivariate T-Student distribution, i.e. $\theta \sim \mathcal{MT}(\mu, \Sigma)$. However, some of the components ...
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### Is the MC produced by HMC reversible?

I know that the deterministic dynamics in Hamiltonian Monte Carlo/Hybrid Monte Carlo are reversible and the numerical integrators one uses to approximate them are reversible too. But HMC consists of 2 ...
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### 2 versions of Metropolis-Hastings : are they equivalent?

I have seen 2 different versions of Metropolis algorithm. First one : Second one : I don't understand the differences between the 2 versions, especially in the second one where I have to use the ...
From a previous post : First to explain the MH algorithm, it's used to approximate numerically a target distribution, in this case $p(\theta|D)$. At each stage of the algorithm: A value ...