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Topic: Reducing bias of a Bayesian point estimator
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Re: Reducing bias of a Bayesian point estimator
Posted: Oct 18, 2012 5:52 PM
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On Thursday, October 18, 2012 2:40:45 AM UTC-5, Ray Koopman wrote:
> On Oct 13, 3:45 pm, Paul <> wrote:

> > Bias is important. The quantity that I am estimating, gamma, is a variance that will be used to calculate confidence intervals. If the estimate of gamma is negatively biased, then the coverage of the confidence intervals will be too low.
> >
> > What is an appropriate loss function to use under these circumstances?
> One easy fix would be to add a penalty function, say some multiple of
> log(1-gamma). Then all that remains is to justify it.

Thanks, this is interesting. Are you suggesting a penalized likelihood, or would the penalty be used in another way?

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