As your Bayesian inference gets more complicated, the bias in the inference data is much harder to rigorously detect than bias for polling data. Silver is only looking at the voter sentiments as they are and then making predictions based on these data, rather than incorporating possibilities like a coup. If the latter is the case, then why does it really matter what polls say, and how can they even be useful for prediction? Those against Silver, however, would argue that Silver’s forecast was misleading, and expecting the public to understand the nuances of probability is unrealistic. Good Bayesian analyses consider a wide range of models that vary in assumptions and flexibility in order to see how they affect substantive results. After all, the likelihood of one’s prediction of actually coming into fruition in some way on election night is only 15% or so. 0! Let us first set the scene. But we obviously don't have anything close to that (which we explain more later). Herman van Dijk, Erasmus University Rotterdam. É Define a starting value x0, a corresponding Hessian h0,precision p,max number iteration maxiter 29 0 obj 3036 Nanovic Hall Email me University of Notre Dame (574) 631-6309 (voice) Notre Dame, IN 46556 (574) 631-4783 (fax) Does the recent appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett change the court’s decision of any contested election? Possibly, but there’s a better explanation, especially when we remember that Senate candidates like Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) also were down in the polls and pulled off wins, and we don’t think voters were too shy to report their preference for more traditional conservatives. 1 See Marvin Goodfriend and Robert G. King (1997), ... Bayesian estimation methodology provides a natural framework for testing which frictions Keywords: U.S. monetary policy, Interest rate rules, DSGE models, Bayesian model comparison JEL Classi cation: E43, E58, C11 IWe thank Alejandro Justiniano, Robert King, Thomas Lubik, Ed Nelson, Giorgio Primiceri, Ricardo Reis, Keith Sill, Chris Sims, and several seminar and conference participants for their comments. Bayesians would say: sure we don’t know, but given our samples, we may be able to assign a probability distribution to the parameters we’re interested in. For example, if one believes that climate change isn’t due to human factors, then the effect of new information on this person’s posterior may heavily depend on whether it agrees with the existing prior – a fact of CO2 emissions will influence the person very little, while some fact about the “unpredictability of weather” may deeply reinforce this person’s conviction that climate change is not due to human actions. Program committee: Mark Jensen (Chair), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Hedibert Lopes, Insper Herman van Dijk, Erasmus University Rotterdam Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Little unpredictable factors could result in dramatically different outcomes. For instance, maybe the first 50 people you talked to are all liberal college kids, so you might arrive at a belief that nobody supports Trump. Clinton support was overstated. Ulrich K. Müller. First version: November 25, 2008, current version: February 5, 2012. yWe thank John Geweke, Chris Sims, Bo Honore, participants of the microeconometrics seminar at So, is Jim much better than Silver? endobj I just love this piece by Chris Sims: "Bayesian Methods in Applied Econometrics, or, Why Econometrics Should Always and Everywhere Be Bayesian", from 2007. Michael’s belief is that if you’re not giving him the actual model, he’s going to take your prediction with a grain of salt. Do we have enough data to make predictions for someone like Trump? 14284 August 2008 ... Frank Schorfheide and Chris Sims for comments. As mentioned above, frequentists wouldn’t assign probability distribution on unknown values. Chris Sims Chris Sims’ R code1 rfvar3 Estimates a reduced form VAR, allowing automatic implementation of "Minnesota prior" style dummy observations favoring persistence. The way you solve a problem using Bayesian inference is, you construct some joint probability distribution for your knowns and unknowns – and then use the laws of probability to make statements about the unknowns given the knowns. So, it is entirely mathematically sound for Silver to have made his predictions back in 2016 and today. Well, we first need to ask ourselves a question: what does it mean for a poll to be accurate? Trump is not that different. We're not sure, but most likely not. endobj So what can we conclude for this year? Chris Sims : Bayesian Inference in Central Banks: Recent Development in Monetary Policy Modeling : 16:30: Yacine Ait-Sahalia : Likelihood Inference for Diffusions : 17:00: Donald Andrews : The Limit of Finite Sample Size and a Problem with Subsampling ); and maybe I’ll assign a 52% probability for a percentage between 25% and 35%, and such and so on…, So, the Bayesian method allows you to start making predictions even with very small datasets! Bayesian EstimationAim of week fourPrior distribution(s)Prior choice and specificationConsequences6. native Bayesian methods. mgnldnsty Computes a VAR estimate and the integrated posterior, with a proper prior 12 0 obj For example addpath c:/dynare/4.0.1/matlab Introduction to Bayesian estimation Uncertainty and a priori knowledge about the model and its << /S /GoTo /D (subsection.1.3) >> Because of their lack of knowledge in statistics, the supporters of Silver would say, they could not grasp the true meaning of Silver’s forecast. After de-scribing the solvers, we turn to Bayesian estimation using a state-space and filter approach, and posterior simulation using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm. Also, Trump may not be that “ground-breaking” anyways as many previous presidents like Nixon had their unique ways of appealing to their bases and upsetting conventional wisdom back then. 16 0 obj There are two big takeaways: one, it’s very possible for undecided voters to skew heavily towards either Trump or Biden (remember from before that unlikely outcomes still can happen! endobj The punchline is: IF THERE’S NO WAY THAT I CAN TELL YOU’RE WRONG, I WILL NEVER SAY THAT YOU’RE RIGHT! Simms also played for the Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans. Sims and Zha [1998] review Bayesian methods for multivariate models and their advantages: our paper is in that tradition. Matthew Sure, the math checks off in many models for String Theory, but there’s no fundamental way to say whether it’s a good theory because we still cannot run experiments on it to prove it’s in line with reality. Of course, there were other factors too: high turnout in rural areas in rust belt states, undecided voters going into the polls largely broke for Trump, turnout/enthusiasm in some Democratic areas was down compared to 2012 and 2008, etc.. endobj /Length 1572 Bayesian estimation with Dynare Michel Juillard October 10, 2008 Exercice feedback Use Dynare version 4.0.1, yesterday’s snapshot introduced a bug in forecasting Only ./matlabshould be added to Matlab path. He was right then, and he is again right today saying that Trump has a 10% likelihood of winning. 24 0 obj Are elections chaotic systems that we cannot predict or controlled systems that we can? This allows him to always explain in hindsight whether that’s in fact a really good or bad number. To get to the “truth,” you don't need to start with a lot of data; you just need to be willing to update your beliefs as you see more data, and update them especially strongly when something unexpected happens. We would sincerely appreciate any feedback and hope this is only the start to many exciting conversations to come. Should forecasters incorporate the likelihood of a coup / contested elections in their models? He is currently the John F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Or maybe that it just closely captures the current sentiment among voters? (You may skip this technical segment if you just want to read why Nate Silver is worse than Crackhead Jim…). 13 0 obj Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. The problem, though, is that in state races, the data is not as accurate as it is nationally, and many pollsters often have neglected to actually weight their polls. In reality, however, we’re not so optimistic. If someone, even if you think they’re really smart, gives you a prediction based on a black-box Bayesian inference method (or any machine learning algorithm that you don’t know), my personal hypothesis is that the underlying distribution of X is way too complicated for any prior information you assume to not induce too much bias error. endobj Bayesian statistics allows you to model check while building your model. It’s true that most state polls had Hillary leading going into election day, though her lead had narrowed considerably after the “October surprise” from Mr. Comey. This practice is common among some pollsters, which are often denoted with (D) or (R) on polling aggregators like RealClearPolitics, in order to make support seem higher for a preferred candidate. These are things that I will pass with a grain of salt unless they’re telling me exactly their method of inference. (1984). << /S /GoTo /D [38 0 R /Fit ] >> Our co-author Michael is a math major at Princeton, and those who have contributed to this article through comments and informal conversations include professors and graduate students in economics, mathematics, and political science. In addition to the solid content, there are some great take-away snippets, such as: "Bayesian inference is hard in the sense that thinking is hard." often have neglected to actually weight their polls. The question remains: how do you call out Crackhead Jim for the fraud he is? >> endobj endobj stream This semester, Tiger, Jack, and Tom have been taking Princeton’s 1st-year PhD econometrics sequence with Prof. Chris Sims, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2011 for his work in macroeconomics – more specifically, his pathbreaking application of Bayesian inference to evaluate economic policies. (Recent Successes) One of the objective things that Bayesian inference theory shows is how people update beliefs. As long as you can ask everyone (and everyone answers truthfully), you’ll get that number. In other words, people have really, really strong (and often inconsistent) priors, and their updating procedure is dependent on their prior beliefs. (This part is Michael trying to show off his physics knowledge). For DSGE models, the library can solve models using Harald Uhlig's method of undetermined coefficients and Chris Sims' canonical decomposition; What plagued many polls was probably an issue of weighting. endobj This is something we cannot predict for sure, so a Bayesian would put some probability distribution for this number, and we might look at previous elections to come up with that probability distribution. X1! About ESOBE: ESOBE stands for European Seminar on Bayesian Econometrics. 32 0 obj << /S /GoTo /D (subsection.3.2) >> Say you want to infer what percentage of American people want to vote for Trump. endobj First, there's psychology going on, which is that people don't seek out the facts that they disagree with, and they might not update their beliefs when they encounter new facts. This sounds absurd to most people at first sight. Nate Silver was right – you just don’t understand statistics. But with Bayesian statistics, you can actually find evidence for the null. If the likelihood surface displays discontinuities it employs a simplex algorithm. endobj (What it is) Gary Koop: lecture notes and Matlab codes for Bayesian inference in VARs, time-varying parameters VARs and time-varying parameters FAVARs. But if you seriously reason through the probability, Silver is correct: in a two-person game where whoever gets above 50% wins, it is entirely reasonable to assign less than a 20% chance of winning to the candidate who has consistently polled at 45% or below for months. Consider the example of Crackhead Jim. (Objections) This isn’t necessarily the case in machine learning. matrictint Scale factor for a matrix t distribution, like the posterior from a VAR. 25 0 obj - 4 (default): uses Chris Sims `csminwel`. Kristin Scheyer Administrative Contact European Seminar on Bayesian Econometrics Media in category "Christopher A. Sims" Christopher David Simms (born August 29, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). Taking his course expanded our conception of statistics and probability theory in a way never before, and we thought it may be interesting to apply some of the influential Bayesian concepts he taught us to our political debates today. (Nonparametrics) 5% sounds small, but in reality it will be a dramatic shift. mode_check : when mode check is set, Dynare plots the minus of the posterior density for values around the computed mode for each estimated parameter in turn. You may wonder about all these “simulations” on 538 and why Silver’s predictions change every now and then – it’s because Silver keeps testing his beliefs against new data and updating his predictions. When you do a Bayesian t-test instead of a frequentist one, the result you get is not a p-value but a number called a Bayes factor. And it can show evidence for your effect, evidence against your effect or it can say you don't have enough evidence to decide. << /S /GoTo /D (subsection.1.2) >> É More importantly it is ’A way to think’ (Chris Sims). In other words, theoretically, as long as they give some serious consideration to the other side's argument, they will eventually agree with each other. (Frontiers: ``Weak Assumptions'') The variance for this prediction is way too high, and it’s hard to say. If you see every American’s voting decision as a random variable, in total this could be a chaotic system. 0! Well, the tricky thing is that you can never really test this hypothesis out unless you literally go out there and ask every single American. But one hypothesis is that Trump is simply so different from all other political candidates that we used to know. You can collect some data and make your estimation, and then only two things can happen: either your estimation is consistent with the actual “true” average, or it’s not. It’s just three things in the equation: you have a “prior” (a belief about the true average height in your mind), and a “likelihood” (what values of that true average height is consistent with the data you have) – together, they help make up the “posterior” (the updated belief about true average height in your mind). Nate Silver is a Bayesian, and his forecasting isn’t just popular amongst the public, but also highly regarded by many seasoned econometricians we’ve talked to. If you follow any political polling accounts on Twitter, then you’ve no doubt seen certain replies to a tweet that isn’t favorable to Trump: “The polls are inaccurate!,” people say. É It is based on a derivative-based minimization routine. Obviously the polls were off last election, perhaps bias here is to blame, but that’s tough to say. Political scientists have utilized this type of effect to explain poll-result disparities before: in 1982, Democratic candidate Tom Bradley, a Black man, ran for governor of California; despite leading in the polls, he lost narrowly to the white Republican, George Deukmejian. Nate Silver was NOT right – because he can never be wrong! << /S /GoTo /D (subsection.1.1) >> << /S /GoTo /D (section.1) >> In other words, we will likely not have a clear winner on election night, and then there does not seem to be a precise date regarding when we’ll receive the results. Silver’s final prediction on the 2016 election night was around 30% likelihood of Trump winning, and before then he fluctuated around 16% likelihood of Trump winning. The wage data should now be logged, to make interpretation of the regression easier, and … No matter who wins, he will argue that he’s right and a genius – if Silver’s 16% were good odds, Crackhead Jim’s 50% would be amazing odds. endobj This was confirmed in thesis work carried out at the University of Minnesota by Robert Litterman under Sims’ direction (see Litterman, 1979, 1986a, 1986b). This is the optimism of Bayesian theory. BMR can estimate BVARs with time-varying parameters, as well as classical (non-Bayesian) VARs. As long as your polls are unbiased and we can assume people won’t change their vote too much until the election (probably an easier assumption than unbiased), and you polled enough people, basic probability theory gives a good guarantee that basic polling will give a good estimate. Risk of Bayesian Inference in Misspecified Models, and the Sandwich Covariance Matrix. Some theories say that people were too shy to admit their support for Trump over the phone, or at least the many undecideds in 2016 actually were leaning Trump but didn’t want to say so. We should not forget that 16% is the probability of getting a six in a die roll (or any other number), which is actually quite high. Chris Sims, Princeton University . This minimum is then used as a trial point for a new function evaluation. Has Nate Silver already done that in saying maybe Trump has an 8% likelihood of winning because of that and therefore here's the total probability of him winning the actual election? Say we’re interested in the percentage of people who will vote for Trump vs. Biden on Election Day. 40 0 obj << For the estimation we choose a Bayesian likelihood-based estimation based on MCMC methods which is fully parametric. All in all, it is much easier to look at a poll number and see if it’s a “good guess”. It’s very likely that national averages will be quite accurate, but polls that have less accurate weighing (or none at all) should be viewed with more skepticism. UBS said there's only a 15-20% probability that we get a winner by election night; then zero probability that the courts decide on a winner in the week following; then we should put uniform probability from then up to the inauguration date as to when we’ll get the results. The fundamental objections to Bayesian methods are twofold: on one hand, Bayesian methods are presented as an automatic inference engine, and this Furthermore, elections clearly aren’t a well-posed mathematical system. Should forecasters incorporate “Black Swan” events into their models? His rise to power and day-to-day operations continue to surprise and puzzle people, so it seems that we won’t arrive at very accurate results by resorting to conventional wisdom. The counter-argument would be: well, we already have experienced four more years of Trump, which means four more years of careful analysis and repeated polling of voter sentiments. When we talk about statistical inference – the process that draws conclusions from sample data – two popular frameworks are the frequentist and Bayesian methods. Let’s say our ship wants to be found, and is broadcasting a radio signal, picked up by a transmitter on a buoy. Questions? endobj Hedibert Lopes, Insper. This is why physicists refuse to definitely conclude whether String Theory is right or wrong. X2! What about the recent record Covid-19 cases in many regions of the country? Together with Thomas Sargent, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2011. It sounds complicated, but in practice it’s an intuitive, iterative process: you already have some preconceived prior belief; you got some previous historical or new data; you go through them; you arrive at an updated posterior belief about the unknowns based on the data; you test this new belief against what you observe in reality; and based on how right/wrong you are, you update your belief and continue down this process…. North-Holland BAYESIAN SKEPTICISM ON UNIT ROOT ECONOMETRICS* Christopher A. SIMS University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA Received January 1988 This paper examines several grounds for doubting the value of much of the special attention recently devoted to unit root econometrics. (Bayesian Inference is a Way of Thinking, Not a Basket of ``Methods'') ... At each iteration, a Bayesian posterior mean for the surface shape conditional on points already sampled is constructed and the minimum of this is found. So, were the polls wrong in 2016? Then, let’s say convergence of beliefs will definitely happen, it may simply take forever that people lose their patience. We hope this brief exploration below could be somewhat helpful in informing you of the foundational methodology that Silver uses to forecast. Trump ultimately won that district by over 10%. Regardless, there were key signs in 2016 that state polls missed: polling in some congressional district races showed heavy Trump support, even in those that Obama won. This semester, Tiger, Jack, and Tom have been taking Princeton’s 1st-year PhD econometrics sequence with Prof. Chris Sims, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2011 for his work in macroeconomics – more specifically, his pathbreaking application of Bayesian inference to evaluate economic policies. But again, the forecasters have cleverly transformed their predictions from binary outcomes into continuous random variables. 20 0 obj 36 0 obj 4 See Leeper and Zha (2002) for a discussion of modest policy interventions in the context of Bayesian VARs. << /S /GoTo /D (section.3) >> 1 Bayesian Inference is a Way of Thinking, Not a Bas-ket of “Methods” 1.1 What it is Probability statements conditioned on observations • Frequentist inference makes only pre-sample probability assertions. The alternative, then, seems to be to only use data we have since 2016, which may simply not be enough data for us to come up with anything meaningful either! There are principled, practical procedures for doing this. We wish to thank Larry Christiano, Frank Diebold, Martin Eichenbaum, John Geweke, Michael Kiley, Richard Rogerson, and Chris Sims … But as you ask more people (hopefully now some people on the Right), you’ll realize that your “prior” belief (probability distribution) was wrong, and you can update your “posterior” belief based on the conservatives you’ve just talked to. Likewise, any verification of one’s election prediction would involve having some reasonably good simulation of American voters, and we repeatedly run the simulation to see if Trump or Biden would win. In Bayesian statistics, you assign a probability distribution to all of your unknown parameters and predictions. “I think you will be surprised at how far away 45% is from 50%,” an older economics graduate student extremely knowledgable in econometrics and statistics explained to us. Many polls’ samples often skew democratic, independent, or republican. Bayesian Estimation Aim of week four Prior distribution(s) Prior choice and specification Consequences In general, though, if weighting issues occur among good polls in one state, it’s very possible those same issues will occur in states that have similar demographics – look at 2016, where the Rust Belt states all had state polling issues. xڅWM��&��W��Z@B��$���*��֩=l��el+# �@3�OC#Y{�����~��a��rAh\$Q3����fA�=��˂�8��?�/�~���~[P��^�V. The fact that forecasting has become so complex that it would take us pages to explore even the most fundamental concepts only shows the progress made by political scientists, but also the unnecessary over-complication of simple ideas. << /S /GoTo /D (subsection.3.1) >> I am grateful to Gregory Chow, Robert Engle, Polls are weighted using demographic data on education, race, marital status, and political affiliation. What is Bayesian statistics? In the later part of this article, prior simply means the belief you used to have before being exposed to any new data; posterior simply means the updated belief after seeing new facts and data. Sims (1980a) speculated that some sort of Bayesian approach might work better. Schorfheide, Fabio Canova, Chris Sims, Mark Gertler, and two anonymous referees for very useful and stimu-lating comments. Law of large numbers is all we need to make some guarantee that basic polling can give a good estimate of X; this kind of guarantee is harder for Bayesian inference methods, and highly dependent on what your inference method even is. So here’s the dilemma proposed by Michael: You can either use all the previous election results data, which have less variance in your prediction, but your prediction may very likely be skewed because they don’t accurately represent Trump. Brilliant minds by these “revisionist statisticians.”. Conversely, national polls were pretty much dead-on, with a polling average of around 2% in favor of Clinton, which she ultimately attained. (Frequentist methods from a Bayesian perspective) English: Christopher Albert "Chris" Sims (born October 21, 1942) is an econometrician and macroeconomist. The very last poll from PA showed Trump with a lead, but most others showed the Democratic nominee with a slight advantage. Uhlig (1999)’s method of undetermined coefficients and Chris Sims’ gens ys solver. 21 0 obj We also thank the NSF and the Sloan Foundation for generous research support. Bayesian approaches might become more practical and prevalent. Key Words: Labor-Supply Shifts, VAR, Home Production, Bayesian Econometrics * Marco Airaudo provided excellent research assistance. Are the forecasts a chaotic or controlled system? 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