Approximate maximum likelihood estimation using datacloning ABC
(2016) In Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 105. p.166183 Abstract
 A maximum likelihood methodology for a general class of models is presented, using an approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) approach. The typical target of ABC methods are models with intractable likelihoods, and we combine an ABCMCMC sampler with socalled "data cloning" for maximum likelihood estimation. Accuracy of ABC methods relies on the use of a small threshold value for comparing simulations from the model and observed data. The proposed methodology shows how to use large threshold values, while the number of dataclones is increased to ease convergence towards an approximate maximum likelihood estimate. We show how to exploit the methodology to reduce the number of iterations of a standard ABCMCMC algorithm and therefore reduce... (More)
 A maximum likelihood methodology for a general class of models is presented, using an approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) approach. The typical target of ABC methods are models with intractable likelihoods, and we combine an ABCMCMC sampler with socalled "data cloning" for maximum likelihood estimation. Accuracy of ABC methods relies on the use of a small threshold value for comparing simulations from the model and observed data. The proposed methodology shows how to use large threshold values, while the number of dataclones is increased to ease convergence towards an approximate maximum likelihood estimate. We show how to exploit the methodology to reduce the number of iterations of a standard ABCMCMC algorithm and therefore reduce the computational effort, while obtaining reasonable point estimates. Simulation studies show the good performance of our approach on models with intractable likelihoods such as gandk distributions, stochastic differential equations and statespace models. (Less)
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 Picchini, Umberto ^{LU} and Anderson, Rachele ^{LU}
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 20160819
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 published
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 keywords
 Approximate Bayesian computation, Intractable likelihood, MCMC, Statespace model, Stochastic differential equation
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 Computational Statistics & Data Analysis
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 105
 pages
 18 pages
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 Elsevier
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 ISSN
 01679473
 DOI
 10.1016/j.csda.2016.08.006
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 English
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