Canadian Journal of Statistics

Some aspects of the reparametrization of statistical models

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Abstract

Definitions are given for orthogonal parameters in the context of Bayesian inference and likelihood inference. The exact orthogonalizing transformations are derived for both cases, and the connection between the two settings is made precise. These parametrizations simplify the interpretation of likelihood functions and posterior distributions. Further, they make numerical maximization and integration procedures easier to apply. Several applications are studied.

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