This tutorial should be accessible to individuals with a familiarity in multivariable calculus and linear algebra and many of the examples may be of interest to scientists who have this mathematical background. Part 1 of the book motivates the use of Bayesian methods and covers basic probability, parameter estimation, model selection, and choice of prior probabilities. Part 2 covers advanced topics such as non-parametric estimation, experimental design, and least-square procedures. Skilling contributed two new chapters to the second edition which describe nested sampling, a new numerical technique for doing Bayesian computations. As the text progresses the examples become more complicated and cover issues like image processing and crystallography. The first chapter also provides a short history of probability and the differences between the Bayesian and frequentist perspectives on statistical inference.

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The book gives a concise in pages , but full description of Bayesian data analysis. I know both authors personally. Data Analysis. A Bayesian tutorial The first chapter gives a clear, concise history of Bayesian statistics and describes the distinction with classical statistics.

With this question at hand, you will be guided along the binomial distribution, prior distributions, sequential analysis, parameter estimation, error limits and confidence intervals, the Gauss distribution and even the Cauchy distribution.

All in an entertaining style. Chapter three builds on this with multivariate analysis, correlations, multimodal distributions and non-linear solution methods. Furthermore, this chapter deals with coordinate transformations of distributions. In chapter four the search for a good model is undertaken. How the pitfalls of over-fitting can be avoided by the use of priors.

Model selection is the most important application of Bayesian Statistics. Here Rev. Thomas Bayes shows his true power. What is a prior? How do you choose this? What is the role of entropy in here? These questions are discussed in the fifth chapter. In short, the prior describes the relevant professional background about the problem.

The chapters six, seven and eight describe various advanced subjects, such as image reconstruction, spatial correlations, setting up optimal experiments, instrumental calibration, noise in data, the treatment of outliers, zero point correction, and so on. Skilling is the inventor of the Nested Sampling algorithm, one of the most important developments in computer science. In chapter nine the principles are explained, and in chapter ten details about the MCMC algorithm are given.

His example of the lighthouse is beautiful. Other examples are also didactic insufficiently thought out. Pros: a concise book in an entertaining, clear style with relatively simple mathematical derivations.

Good to get an overview of Bayesian data analysis in a short time. Skilling makes a number of C programs publicly available to experiment with. Cons: Unusual notation, such as prob A B , for probabilities. The theory at Skilling is quickly confusing because the same symbol L is used for two different aspects and the important contour around the prior mass has no mathematical symbol at all.

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The book gives a concise in pages , but full description of Bayesian data analysis. I know both authors personally. Data Analysis. A Bayesian tutorial The first chapter gives a clear, concise history of Bayesian statistics and describes the distinction with classical statistics.