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Improving the Normalized Importance Sampling Estimator

  • Author(s): Ghamami, Samim
  • Ross, Sheldon M.
  • et al.
Abstract

The normalized importance sampling estimator allows the target density f to be known only up to a multiplicative constant. We indicate how it can be derived by a delta method based approximation of a Rao-Blackwellized acceptance rejection estimator. Using additional terms in the delta method then results on a new estimator that also only requires f to be known only up to a multiplicative constant. Numerical examples indicate that the new estimator usually outperforms the normalized importance sampling estimator in terms of mean square error.

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