[R] Bayesian inference: Poisson distribution with normal (!) prior

From: Carsten Steinhoff <carsten.steinhoff_at_gmx.de>
Date: Fri 26 Jan 2007 - 13:56:19 GMT


for a frequency modelling problem I want to combine expert knowledge with incoming real-life data (which is not available up to now). The frequency has to be modelled with a poisson distribution. The parameter lambda has to be normal distributed (for certain reasons we did not NOT choose gamma althoug it would make everything easier).

I've started with the subsequent two functions to obtain random numbers for Lambda after the first observed period. My question is now, how to get the randoms for the n following periods?

Thanks a lot for your hints! Maybe there is an easier way to do the necessary calculations...?


# Function 1: Posterior for the first observation
test.posterior=function(x,observation,p1,p2) {
dpois(observation,qnorm(pnorm(x,p1,p2),p1,p2))*dnorm(x,p1,p2) integral=integrate(f1,0,Inf,p1=p1,p2=p2,observation=observation)$value ausgabe=f1(x,observation,p1=p1,p2=p2)/integral return(ausgabe)

# Function 2: Random numbers for Lambda in the second period
test.posterior.random=function(n,x,length,observation,p1,p2) {
# n = random numbers to calculate
# x = maximum value for integral calculation
for (i in x)
ret=c(ret,integrate(test.posterior,observation=observation,p1=p1,p2=p2,lower =1,i)$value)


# Generate 1000 random numbers


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