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Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 501–509 | Cite as

Dimensional Reduction for Latent Scores Modeling Using Recursive Integration

  • S. Kiatsupaibul
  • A. J. Hayter
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Abstract

This article addresses the problem of estimating the cutpoints that are used to model ordinal categorical data from continuous latent variables. A Bayesian approach is taken, and the cutpoint estimates are obtained as the expectation of their posterior distribution. Ostensibly this involves a high-dimensional integral evaluation with the dimension equivalent to the number of cutpoints. However, it shows how recursive integration techniques can be used to reduce the calculation to a series of two-dimensional integral evaluations, resulting in a practical estimation algorithm whose computational complexity is only a linear function of the number of cutpoints. Observed covariates can also be incorporated into the model, and the efficient estimation of the cutpoints assists in the estimation of other parameters. The new methodology is illustrated with an application to credit risk rating modeling of Thai corporations, and the computational advantages over other standard approaches are demonstrated.

AMS Subject Classification

62F15 62P05 

Keywords

Bayesian modeling Covariates credit risk ratings Cutpoints Latent variables Numerical integration Posterior expectation Recursive intregration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Commerce and AccountancyChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Business Information and AnalyticsUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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