Statistics, Department of


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2013 International Society for Bayesian Analysis


Bayesian Analysis (2013) 8, Number 3, pp. 647{690


We define a new Bayesian predictor called the posterior weighted median (PWM) and compare its performance to several other predictors including the Bayes model average under squared error loss, the Barbieri-Berger median model predictor, the stacking predictor, and the model average predictor based on Akaike's information criterion. We argue that PWM generally gives better performance than other predictors over a range of M-complete problems. This range is between the M-closed-M-complete boundary and the M-complete- M-open boundary. Indeed, as a problem gets closer to M-open, it seems that M-complete predictive methods begin to break down. Our comparisons rest on extensive simulations and real data examples.