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bayesGARCH: Bayesian Estimation of the GARCH(1,1) Model with Student-t Innovations in R

David Ardia; Lennart F. Hoogerheide

The package bayesGARCH implements in R (R Core Team, 2016) the Bayesian estimation procedure described in Ardia (2008, chapter 5) for the GARCH(1,1) model with Student-t innovations. The approach consists of a Metropolis-Hastings (MH) algorithm where the proposal distributions are constructed from auxiliary ARMA processes on the squared observations. This methodology avoids the time-consuming and difficult task, especially for non-experts, of choosing and tuning a sampling algorithm. We refer the user to Ardia (2008) and Ardia and Hoogerheide (2010) for illustrations. The latest version of the package is available at

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  • David Ardia. Financial Risk Management with Bayesian Estimation of GARCH Models: Theory and Applications, volume 612 of Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 2008. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-78657-3

  • David Ardia and Lennart F. Hoogerheide. Bayesian estimation of the GARCH(1,1) model with Student-t innovations. The R Journal, 2(2):41-47, 2010. URL

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