Reversible Jump MCMC: WinBUGS Jump Interface

You can download the Jump interface below. This can be used to fit a range of "variable selection" and "automatic spline" models. Please refer to the following articles for further details; please also use these when citing the interface.

Lunn, D. J., Best, N. and Whittaker, J. (2008) Generic reversible jump MCMC using graphical models, Statistics and Computing, DOI: 10.1007/s11222-008-9100-0

Lunn, D. J., Whittaker, J. C. and Best, N. (2006) A Bayesian toolkit for genetic association studies, Genetic Epidemiology 30: 231-247.

Please click here to download the interface and follow the instructions below.

Please note that installing the patch will result in your "Updater/Rsrc/Methods.odc" file being overwritten. If you have previously modified this file then you may wish to make a copy of it before installing the patch.


  1. Save the file (jump.exe) to any location on your computer.
  2. The saved file is a self-extracting archive that when double-clicked (and subsequently unzipped) will deposit a file called jump_gene_patch_15_10_08.txt into your Program Files/WinBUGS14 directory.
  3. To install the patch open the jump_gene_patch_15_10_08.txt file from within WinBUGS 1.4 and follow the instructions at the top of the file.
  4. After installation, documentation for the Jump interface can be found in: Program Files/WinBUGS14/Jump/Docu/jump_manual.pdf.
        Last Updated   October 2008

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