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March, 1974 Inconsistencies in the Villegas Method of Determining a Prior Distribution
Irwin Guttman, W. Y. Tan
Ann. Statist. 2(2): 383-386 (March, 1974). DOI: 10.1214/aos/1176342674


A recent paper by Villegas (1969) uses a fiducial type argument to lend support to the use of Jeffrey's invariant prior for the variance-covariance matrix in the non-informative situation. Sampling is assumed to be on a multi-normal random variable. Villegas proceeds by selecting a pivotal quantity which has a fixed distribution. Since there is nothing unique about this pivotal quantity, we note in this paper, that the Villegas fiducial approach could lead to other priors, unless more restrictions are imposed. In Section 2, we construct an example involving a "lower triangular" decomposition of a Wishart matrix variable that has the distribution of the disguised Wishart variable of Tan and Guttman (1971). Interestingly, an "upper triangular" decomposition of the same Wishart matrix leads to yet another prior.


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Irwin Guttman. W. Y. Tan. "Inconsistencies in the Villegas Method of Determining a Prior Distribution." Ann. Statist. 2 (2) 383 - 386, March, 1974.


Published: March, 1974
First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

zbMATH: 0291.62003
MathSciNet: MR356337
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/aos/1176342674

Primary: 62A15
Secondary: 62F15

Keywords: disguised Wishart , pivotal quantity , prior , Wishart

Rights: Copyright © 1974 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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