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Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction


Author: Peter M. Lee

Publisher: Wiley


Publish Date: September 4, 2012

ISBN-10: 1118332571

Pages: 486

File Type: Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

When I started writing this book in 1987 it never occurred to me that it would still be of interest nearly a quarter of a century later, but it appears that it is, and I am delighted to introduce a fourth edition. The subject moves ever onwards, with increasing emphasis on Monte-Carlo based techniques. With this in mind, Chapter 9 entitled ‘The Gibbs sampler’ has been considerably extended (including more numerical examples and treatments of OpenBUGS, R2WinBUGS and R2OpenBUGS) and a new Chapter 10 covering Bayesian importance sampling, variational Bayes, ABC (Approximate Bayesian Computation) and RJMCMC (Reversible Jump Markov Chain Monte Carlo) has been added. Mistakes and misprints in the third edition have been corrected and minor alterations made throughout.

The basic idea of using Bayesian methods has become more and more popular, and a useful accessible account for the layman has been written by McGrayne (2011). There is every reason to believe that an approach to statistics which I began teaching in 1985 with some misgivings because of its unfashionability will continue to gain adherents. The fact is that the Bayesian approach produces results in a comprehensible form and with modern computational methods produces them quickly and easily

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