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Article | 06-July-2017

VARIATIONAL APPROXIMATIONS FOR SELECTING HIERARCHICAL MODELS OF CIRCULAR DATA IN A SMALL AREA ESTIMATION APPLICATION

, within spatio temporal domains subdivided by the mode of fishing. Because many of these domains have small sample sizes, small area estimation methods are developed. Bayesian inference for the circular distributions on the 24-hour clock is conducted, based on a large set of observed daily departure times from another National Marine Fisheries Service study, the Coastal Household Telephone Survey. A novel variational/Laplace approximation to the posterior distribution allows fast comparison of a large

Daniel Hernandez-Stumpfhauser, F. Jay Breidt, Jean D. Opsomer

Statistics in Transition New Series, Volume 17 , ISSUE 1, 91–104

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