Title: Simultaneous inference in structured additive conditional copula regression models: A unifying Bayesian approach
Authors: Thomas Kneib - University of Goettingen (Germany) [presenting]
Nadja Klein - Georg-August-University Goettingen (Germany)
Abstract: While most regression models focus on explaining distributional aspects of one single response variable alone, interest in modern statistical applications has recently shifted towards simultaneously studying multiple response variables as well as their dependence structure. A particularly useful tool for pursuing such an analysis are copula-based regression models since they enable the separation of the marginal response distributions and the dependence structure summarised in a specific copula model. However, so far copula-based regression models have mostly been relying on two-step approaches where the marginal distributions are determined first whereas the copula structure is studied in a second step after plugging in the estimated marginal distributions. Moreover, the parameters of the copula are mostly treated as a constant not related to covariates and most regression specifications for the marginals are restricted to purely linear predictors. We therefore propose simultaneous Bayesian inference for both the marginal distributions and the copula using computationally efficient Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation techniques. In addition, we replace the commonly used linear predictor by a generic structured additive predictor comprising for example nonlinear effects of continuous covariates, spatial effects or random effects and furthermore allow to make the copula parameters covariate-dependent.