student.spike.slab.prior {BoomSpikeSlab}  R Documentation 
Spike and Slab Prior for StudentT Regression
Description
A Zellnerstyle spike and slab prior for regression models with Studentt errors.
Usage
StudentSpikeSlabPrior(predictor.matrix,
response.vector = NULL,
expected.r2 = .5,
prior.df = .01,
expected.model.size = 1,
prior.information.weight = .01,
diagonal.shrinkage = .5,
optional.coefficient.estimate = NULL,
max.flips = 1,
mean.y = mean(response.vector, na.rm = TRUE),
sdy = sd(as.numeric(response.vector), na.rm = TRUE),
prior.inclusion.probabilities = NULL,
sigma.upper.limit = Inf,
degrees.of.freedom.prior = UniformPrior(.1, 100))
Arguments
predictor.matrix 
The design matrix for the regression problem. Missing data is not allowed. 
response.vector 
The vector of responses for the regression.
Missing data is not allowed. If 
expected.r2 
The expected Rsquare for the regression. The spike and slab prior
requires an inverse gamma prior on the residual variance of the
regression. The prior can be parameterized in terms of a guess at
the residual variance, and a "degrees of freedom" representing the
number of observations that the guess should weigh. The guess at
sigma^2 is set to 
prior.df 
A positive scalar representing the prior 'degrees of freedom' for
estimating the residual variance. This can be thought of as the
amount of weight (expressed as an observation count) given to the

expected.model.size 
A positive number less than 
prior.information.weight 
A positive scalar. Number of observations worth of weight that should be given to the prior estimate of beta. 
diagonal.shrinkage 
The conditionally Gaussian prior for beta (the "slab") starts with a
precision matrix equal to the information in a single observation.
However, this matrix might not be full rank. The matrix can be made
full rank by averaging with its diagonal. 
optional.coefficient.estimate 
If desired, an estimate of the regression coefficients can be supplied. In most cases this will be a difficult parameter to specify. If omitted then a prior mean of zero will be used for all coordinates except the intercept, which will be set to mean(y). 
max.flips 
The maximum number of variable inclusion indicators
the sampler will attempt to sample each iteration. If

mean.y 
The mean of the response vector, for use in cases when specifying the response vector is undesirable. 
sdy 
The standard deviation of the response vector, for use in cases when specifying the response vector is undesirable. 
prior.inclusion.probabilities 
A vector giving the prior probability of inclusion for each variable. 
sigma.upper.limit 
The largest acceptable value for the residual
standard deviation. A nonpositive number is interpreted as

degrees.of.freedom.prior 
An object of class

Value
A SpikeSlabPrior
with
degrees.of.freedom.prior
appended.
Author(s)
Steven L. Scott
References
George and McCulloch (1997), "Approaches to Bayesian Variable Selection", Statistica Sinica, 7, 339 – 373.
https://www3.stat.sinica.edu.tw/statistica/oldpdf/A7n26.pdf