Bayesian Effect Fusion for Categorical Predictors

Variable selection and Bayesian effect fusion for categorical predictors in linear and logistic regression models. Effect fusion aims at the question which categories have a similar effect on the response and therefore can be fused to obtain a sparser representation of the model. Effect fusion and variable selection can be obtained either with a prior that has an interpretation as spike and slab prior on the level effect differences or with a sparse finite mixture prior on the level effects. The regression coefficients are estimated with a flat uninformative prior after model selection or by taking model averages. Posterior inference is accomplished by an MCMC sampling scheme which makes use of a data augmentation strategy (Polson, Scott & Windle (2013)) based on latent Polya-Gamma random variables in the case of logistic regression. The code for data augmentation is taken from Polson et al. (2013), who own the copyright.


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install.packages("effectFusion")

1.1.1 by Magdalena Leitner, 9 months ago


Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/effectFusion


Authors: Daniela Pauger [aut] , Magdalena Leitner [aut, cre] , Helga Wagner [aut] , Gertraud Malsiner-Walli [aut] , Nicholas G. Polson [ctb] , James G. Scott [ctb] , Jesse Windle [ctb] , Bettina GrĂ¼n [ctb]


Documentation:   PDF Manual  


GPL-3 license


Imports Matrix, MASS, bayesm, cluster, GreedyEPL, gridExtra, ggplot2, methods, utils, stats

Depends on mcclust


See at CRAN