Bayesian model assessment using pivotal quantities Academic Article uri icon


  • Suppose that S(Y, ) is a function of data Y and a model parameter , and suppose that the sampling distribution of S(Y, ) is invariant when evaluated at 0, the "true" (i.e., data-generating) value of . Then S(Y, ) is a pivotal quantity, and it follows from simple probability calculus that the distribution of S(Y, 0) is identical to the distribution of S(Y, Y), where Y is a value of drawn from the posterior distribution given Y. This fact makes it possible to define a large number of Bayesian model diagnostics having a known sampling distribution. It also facilitates the calibration of the joint sampling of model diagnostics based on pivotal quantities. 2007 International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

published proceedings

  • Bayesian Analysis

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnson, V. E.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Johnson, Valen E

publication date

  • January 2007