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Adaptive prior weighting in generalized regression


Held, Leonhard; Sauter, Rafael (2017). Adaptive prior weighting in generalized regression. Biometrics, 73(1):242-251.

Abstract

The prior distribution is a key ingredient in Bayesian inference. Prior information on regression coefficients may come from different sources and may or may not be in conflict with the observed data. Various methods have been proposed to quantify a potential prior-data conflict, such as Box's p-value. However, there are no clear recommendations how to react to possible prior-data conflict in generalized regression models. To address this deficiency, we propose to adaptively weight a prespecified multivariate normal prior distribution on the regression coefficients. To this end, we relate empirical Bayes estimates of prior weight to Box's p-value and propose alternative fully Bayesian approaches. Prior weighting can be done for the joint prior distribution of the regression coefficients or-under prior independence-separately for prespecified blocks of regression coefficients. We outline how the proposed methodology can be implemented using integrated nested Laplace approximations (INLA) and illustrate the applicability with a Bayesian logistic regression model for data from a cross-sectional study. We also provide a simulation study that shows excellent performance of our approach in the case of prior misspecification in terms of root mean squared error and coverage. Supplementary Materials give details on software implementation and code and another application to binary longitudinal data from a randomized clinical trial using a Bayesian generalized linear mixed model.

Abstract

The prior distribution is a key ingredient in Bayesian inference. Prior information on regression coefficients may come from different sources and may or may not be in conflict with the observed data. Various methods have been proposed to quantify a potential prior-data conflict, such as Box's p-value. However, there are no clear recommendations how to react to possible prior-data conflict in generalized regression models. To address this deficiency, we propose to adaptively weight a prespecified multivariate normal prior distribution on the regression coefficients. To this end, we relate empirical Bayes estimates of prior weight to Box's p-value and propose alternative fully Bayesian approaches. Prior weighting can be done for the joint prior distribution of the regression coefficients or-under prior independence-separately for prespecified blocks of regression coefficients. We outline how the proposed methodology can be implemented using integrated nested Laplace approximations (INLA) and illustrate the applicability with a Bayesian logistic regression model for data from a cross-sectional study. We also provide a simulation study that shows excellent performance of our approach in the case of prior misspecification in terms of root mean squared error and coverage. Supplementary Materials give details on software implementation and code and another application to binary longitudinal data from a randomized clinical trial using a Bayesian generalized linear mixed model.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:29 Nov 2016 13:31
Last Modified:25 Mar 2017 02:01
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0006-341X
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Held, Leonhard; Sauter, Rafael (2016). Adaptive prior weighting in generalized regression. Biometrics, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/biom.12541. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/biom.12541
PubMed ID:27192504

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