A Kullback-Leibler Divergence for Bayesian Model Diagnostics

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This paper considers a Kullback-Leibler distance (KLD) which is asymptotically equivalent to the KLD by Goutis and Robert [1] when the reference model (in comparison to a competing fitted model) is correctly specified and that certain regularity conditions hold true (ref. Akaike [2]). We derive the asymptotic property of this Goutis-Robert-Akaike KLD under certain regularity conditions. We also examine the impact of this asymptotic property when the regularity conditions are partially satisfied. Furthermore, the connection between the Goutis-Robert-Akaike KLD and a weighted posterior predictive p-value (WPPP) is established. Finally, both the Goutis-Robert-Akaike KLD and WPPP are applied to compare models using various simulated examples as well as two cohort studies of diabetes.

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C. Wang and M. Ghosh, "A Kullback-Leibler Divergence for Bayesian Model Diagnostics," Open Journal of Statistics, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2011, pp. 172-184. doi: 10.4236/ojs.2011.13021.

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