We consider Gibbs and block Gibbs samplers for a Bayesian hierarchical version of the one-way random effects model. Drift and minorization conditions are established for the underlying Markov chains. The drift and minorization are used in conjunction with results from J. S. Rosenthal [J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 90 (1995) 558–566] and G. O. Roberts and R. L. Tweedie [Stochastic Process. Appl. 80 (1999) 211–229] to construct analytical upper bounds on the distance to stationarity. These lead to upper bounds on the amount of burn-in that is required to get the chain within a prespecified (total variation) distance of the stationary distribution. The results are illustrated with a numerical example.
"Sufficient burn-in for Gibbs samplers for a hierarchical random effects model." Ann. Statist. 32 (2) 784 - 817, April 2004. https://doi.org/10.1214/009053604000000184