Bayesian estimation methods for contingency tables

  • Constantinos Goutis


A method of inputting prior opinion in contingency tables is described. The method can be used to incorporate beliefs of independence or symmetry but extensions are straightforward. Logistic normal distributions that express such beliefs are used as priors of the cell probabilities and posterior estimates are derived. Empirical Bayes methods are also discussed and approximate posterior variances are provided. The methods are illustrated by a numerical example.


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  • Constantinos Goutis
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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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