In this expository paper, we abstract and describe a simple MCMC scheme for sampling from intractable target densities. The approach has been introduced in Gonçalves, Łatuszyński and Roberts (2017a) in the specific context of jump-diffusions, and is based on the Barker’s algorithm paired with a simple Bernoulli factory type scheme, the so called 2-coin algorithm. In many settings, it is an alternative to standard Metropolis–Hastings pseudo-marginal method for simulating from intractable target densities. Although Barker’s is well known to be slightly less efficient than Metropolis–Hastings, the key advantage of our approach is that it allows to implement the “marginal Barker’s” instead of the extended state space pseudo-marginal Metropolis–Hastings, owing to the special form of the accept/reject probability. We shall illustrate our methodology in the context of Bayesian inference for discretely observed Wright–Fisher family of diffusions.
"Barker’s algorithm for Bayesian inference with intractable likelihoods." Braz. J. Probab. Stat. 31 (4) 732 - 745, November 2017. https://doi.org/10.1214/17-BJPS374