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Practical filtering with sequential parameter learning

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The paper develops a simulation-based approach to sequential parameter learning and filtering in general state space models. Our approach is based on approximating the target posterior by a mixture of fixed lag smoothing distributions. Parameter inference exploits a sufficient statistic structure and the methodology can be easily implemented by modifying state space smoothing algorithms. We avoid reweighting particles and hence sample degeneracy problems that plague particle filters that use sequential importance sampling. The method is illustrated by using two examples: a benchmark auto-regressive model with observation error and a high dimensional dynamic spatiotemporal model. We show that the method provides accurate inference in the presence of outliers, model misspecification and high dimensionality.
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Keywords: Filtering; Markov chain Monte Carlo methods; Particle filtering; Sequential parameter learning; Spatiotemporal models; State space models

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Chicago, USA 2: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA 3: M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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