Canadian Journal of Statistics

Sensitivity of the fractional Bayes factor to prior distributions

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The authors derive a measure of the sensitivity of the fractional Bayes factor, an index which is used to compare models when the priors for their respective parameters are improper, or when there is concern about robustness of the prior specification. They prove that in a large class of problems, this measure is a decreasing function of the fraction of the sample used to update the prior distribution before the models are compared.

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