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Tip revision: 2e7e11042a8cb40f5236f24c36f7bf7e5a64901a authored by Alireza Mahani on 08 September 2016, 07:33:54 UTC
version 1.1.1
Tip revision: 2e7e110
Package: sns
Type: Package
Title: Stochastic Newton Sampler (SNS)
Version: 1.1.1
Date: 2016-09-07
Author: Alireza S. Mahani, Asad Hasan, Marshall Jiang, Mansour T.A. Sharabiani 
Maintainer: Alireza Mahani <>
Description: Stochastic Newton Sampler (SNS) is a Metropolis-Hastings-based, Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampler for twice differentiable, log-concave probability density functions (PDFs) where the proposal density function is a multivariate Gaussian resulting from a second-order Taylor-series expansion of log-density around the current point. The mean of the Gaussian proposal is the full Newton-Raphson step from the current point. A Boolean flag allows for switching from SNS to Newton-Raphson optimization (by choosing the mean of proposal function as next point). This can be used during burn-in to get close to the mode of the PDF (which is unique due to concavity). For high-dimensional densities, mixing can be improved via 'state space partitioning' strategy, in which SNS is applied to disjoint subsets of state space, wrapped in a Gibbs cycle. Numerical differentiation is available when analytical expressions for gradient and Hessian are not available. Facilities for validation and numerical differentiation of log-density are provided. 
License: GPL (>= 2)
Imports: mvtnorm, coda, numDeriv
Suggests: RegressionFactory, MfUSampler
NeedsCompilation: no
Repository: CRAN
Packaged: 2016-09-08 03:48:53 UTC; asmahani
Date/Publication: 2016-09-08 07:33:54
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