BCQR {AdjBQR}R Documentation

Adjusted Bayesian Censored Quantile Regression

Description

Bayesian quantile regression based on asymmetric-Laplace-type likelihood with posterior variance adjustment

Usage

BCQR(y, x, tau, niter = 20000, burn_in = 4000, prop_cov = NULL,
  level = 0.9)

Arguments

y

the observed response vector that is left censored at zero

x

the design matrix. If the first column of x is not all ones, a column of ones will be added.

tau

the quantile level of interest

niter

integer: number of iterations to run the chain for. Default 20000.

burn_in

integer: discard the first burn_in values. Default 100.

prop_cov

covariance matrix giving the covariance of the proposal distribution. This matrix need not be positive definite. If the covariance structure of the target distribution is known (approximately), it can be given here. If not given, the diagonal will be estimated via the Fisher information matrix.

level

nominal confidence level for the credible interval

Details

The function returns the unadjusted and adjusted posterior standard deviation, and unadjusted and adjusted credible intervals for Bayesian censored quantile regression based on asymmetric-Laplace-type working likelihood. The asymmetric-Laplace-type likelihood is based on the objective function of the Powell's estimator in Powell (1986).

Value

A list of the following commponents is returned

estpar: posterior mean of the regression coefficient vector

PSD: posterior standard deviation without adjustment

PSD.adj: posterior standard deviation with adjustment

CI.BAL: credible interval without adjustment

CI.BAL.adj: credible interval with adjustment

sig: estimated scale parameter

MCMCsize: effective size of the chain

References

Powell, J. L. (1986). Censored regression quantiles. Journal of Econometrics, 32, 143-155.

Yang, Y., Wang, H. and He, X. (2015). Posterior inference in Bayesian quantile regression with asymmetric Laplace likelihood. International Statistical Review, 2015. doi: 10.1111/insr.12114.

Examples

#A simulation example
library(AdjBQR)
n=200
set.seed(12368819)
x1=rnorm(n)
x2=rnorm(n)
ystar=3/4+2*x1+3*x2+rt(n,df=3)
y=ystar*(ystar>0)
delta=1*(ystar>0)
x = cbind(x1, x2)
## Bayesian censored quantile regression based on asymmetric-Laplace-type likelihood
BCQR(y, x, tau=0.5, level=0.9)

[Package AdjBQR version 1.0 Index]