Journal Article

Post-processing for Bayesian analysis of reduced rank regression models with orthonormality restrictions


  • Aßmann
  • C.
  • Boysen-Hogrefe
  • J.
  • Pape
  • M.
Publication Date

Orthonormality constraints are common in reduced rank models. They imply that matrix-variate parameters are given as orthonormal column vectors. However, these orthonormality restrictions do not provide identification for all parameters. For this setup, we show how the remaining identification issue can be handled in a Bayesian analysis via post-processing the sampling output according to an appropriately specified loss function. This extends the possibilities for Bayesian inference in reduced rank regression models with a part of the parameter space restricted to the Stiefel manifold. Besides inference, we also discuss model selection in terms of posterior predictive assessment. We illustrate the proposed approach with a simulation study and an empirical application.

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JEL Classification
C11, C31, C51, C52

Key Words

  • Bayesian estimation
  • Post-processing
  • Reduced rank regression
  • Orthogonal transformation
  • Model selection
  • Stiefel manifold
  • Posterior predictive assessment