This paper deals with the Bayesian analysis of graphical models of marginal independence for three way contingency tables. Each marginal independence model corresponds to a particular factorization of the cell probabilities and a conjugate analysis based on Dirichlet prior can be performed. We illustrate a comprehensive Bayesian analysis of such models, involving suitable choices of prior parameters, estimation, model determination, as well as the allied computational issues. The posterior distributions of the marginal log-linear parameters is indirectly obtained using simple Monte Carlo schemes. The methodology is illustrated using two real data sets.
graphical models marginal log-linear parameterization Monte Carlo computation order decomposability power prior approach