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Variable Selection and Model Comparison in Regression

Working Paper 539 | Published November 1, 1994

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Author

John F. Geweke

Variable Selection and Model Comparison in Regression

Abstract

In the specification of linear regression models it is common to indicate a list of candidate variables from which a subset enters the model with nonzero coefficients. This paper interprets this specification as a mixed continuous-discrete prior distribution for coefficient values. It then utilizes a Gibbs sampler to construct posterior moments. It is shown how this method can incorporate sign constraints and provide posterior probabilities for all possible subsets of regressors. The methods are illustrated using some standard data sets.