Towards a unification of second-order theory for likelihood and marginal composite likelihood

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Abstract

An adjustment for marginal composite likelihoods is derived to match the second-order theory of the likelihood when inference is for a vector-valued parameter in the absence of nuisance components. The adjustment overcomes the failure of Bartlett identities for marginal composite likelihoods and leads to a Bartlett-correctable marginal composite likelihood ratio statistic.

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