Numerically Accelerated Importance Sampling for Nonlinear Non-Gaussian State Space Models
We propose a general likelihood evaluation method for nonlinear non-Gaussian state space models using the simulation based method of efficient importance sampling. We minimise the simulation effort by replacing some key steps of the likelihood estimation procedure by numerical integration. We refer to this method as numerically accelerated importance sampling. We show that the likelihood function for models with a high-dimensional state vector and a low-dimensional signal can be evaluated more efficiently using the new method. We report many efficiency gains in an extensive Monte Carlo study as well as in an empirical application using a stochastic volatility model for U.S. stock returns with multiple volatility factors.