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Bayesian probability is an interpretation of the concept of probability , in which, instead of frequency or propensity of some phenomenon, probability is interpreted as reasonable expectation  representing a state of knowledge  or as quantification of a personal belief. The Bayesian interpretation of probability can be seen as an extension of propositional logic that enables reasoning with hypotheses;  that is, with propositions whose truth or falsity is unknown. In the Bayesian view, a probability is assigned to a hypothesis, whereas under frequentist inference , a hypothesis is typically tested without being assigned a probability.
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Bayesian probability is an interpretation of the concept of probability , in which, instead of frequency or propensity of some phenomenon, probability is interpreted as reasonable expectation  representing a state of knowledge  or as quantification of a personal belief.
The Bayesian interpretation of probability can be seen as an extension of propositional logic that enables reasoning with hypotheses;  that is, with propositions whose truth or falsity is unknown. In the Bayesian view, a probability is assigned to a hypothesis, whereas under frequentist inference , a hypothesis is typically tested without being assigned a probability. Bayesian probability belongs to the category of evidential probabilities; to evaluate the probability of a hypothesis, the Bayesian probabilist specifies a prior probability.
This, in turn, is then updated to a posterior probability in the light of new, relevant data evidence. Broadly speaking, there are two interpretations of Bayesian probability.
For objectivists, who interpret probability as an extension of logic , probability quantifies the reasonable expectation that everyone even a "robot" who shares the same knowledge should share in accordance with the rules of Bayesian statistics, which can be justified by Cox's theorem. The term Bayesian derives from Thomas Bayes — , who proved a special case of what is now called Bayes' theorem in a paper titled " An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances ".
It was Pierre-Simon Laplace — who introduced a general version of the theorem and used it to approach problems in celestial mechanics , medical statistics, reliability , and jurisprudence.
In the 20th century, the ideas of Laplace developed in two directions, giving rise to objective and subjective currents in Bayesian practice. Harold Jeffreys ' Theory of Probability first published in played an important role in the revival of the Bayesian view of probability, followed by works by Abraham Wald and Leonard J. Savage The adjective Bayesian itself dates to the s; the derived Bayesianism , neo-Bayesianism is of s coinage. In contrast, "subjectivist" statisticians deny the possibility of fully objective analysis for the general case.
In the s, there was a dramatic growth in research and applications of Bayesian methods, mostly attributed to the discovery of Markov chain Monte Carlo methods and the consequent removal of many of the computational problems, and to an increasing interest in nonstandard, complex applications.
The use of Bayesian probabilities as the basis of Bayesian inference has been supported by several arguments, such as Cox axioms , the Dutch book argument , arguments based on decision theory and de Finetti's theorem. Richard T. Cox showed that  Bayesian updating follows from several axioms, including two functional equations and a hypothesis of differentiability. The assumption of differentiability or even continuity is controversial; Halpern found a counterexample based on his observation that the Boolean algebra of statements may be finite.
The Dutch book argument was proposed by de Finetti ; it is based on betting. A Dutch book is made when a clever gambler places a set of bets that guarantee a profit, no matter what the outcome of the bets. If a bookmaker follows the rules of the Bayesian calculus in the construction of his odds, a Dutch book cannot be made.
However, Ian Hacking noted that traditional Dutch book arguments did not specify Bayesian updating: they left open the possibility that non-Bayesian updating rules could avoid Dutch books. For example, Hacking writes   "And neither the Dutch book argument, nor any other in the personalist arsenal of proofs of the probability axioms, entails the dynamic assumption. Not one entails Bayesianism. So the personalist requires the dynamic assumption to be Bayesian.
It is true that in consistency a personalist could abandon the Bayesian model of learning from experience. Salt could lose its savour. In fact, there are non-Bayesian updating rules that also avoid Dutch books as discussed in the literature on " probability kinematics "  following the publication of Richard C.
Jeffreys ' rule, which is itself regarded as Bayesian . The additional hypotheses sufficient to uniquely specify Bayesian updating are substantial  and not universally seen as satisfactory.
A decision-theoretic justification of the use of Bayesian inference and hence of Bayesian probabilities was given by Abraham Wald , who proved that every admissible statistical procedure is either a Bayesian procedure or a limit of Bayesian procedures. Following the work on expected utility theory of Ramsey and von Neumann , decision-theorists have accounted for rational behavior using a probability distribution for the agent.
Johann Pfanzagl completed the Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by providing an axiomatization of subjective probability and utility, a task left uncompleted by von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern : their original theory supposed that all the agents had the same probability distribution, as a convenience.
We did not carry this out; it was demonstrated by Pfanzagl Ramsey and Savage noted that the individual agent's probability distribution could be objectively studied in experiments. Procedures for testing hypotheses about probabilities using finite samples are due to Ramsey and de Finetti , , , Both Bruno de Finetti   and Frank P.
Ramsey   acknowledge their debts to pragmatic philosophy , particularly for Ramsey to Charles S. The "Ramsey test" for evaluating probability distributions is implementable in theory, and has kept experimental psychologists occupied for a half century.
Peirce , whose work inspired Ramsey. This falsifiability -criterion was popularized by Karl Popper. Modern work on the experimental evaluation of personal probabilities uses the randomization, blinding , and Boolean-decision procedures of the Peirce-Jastrow experiment.
Personal probabilities are problematic for science and for some applications where decision-makers lack the knowledge or time to specify an informed probability-distribution on which they are prepared to act. To meet the needs of science and of human limitations, Bayesian statisticians have developed "objective" methods for specifying prior probabilities.
Indeed, some Bayesians have argued the prior state of knowledge defines the unique prior probability-distribution for "regular" statistical problems; cf.
Finding the right method for constructing such "objective" priors for appropriate classes of regular problems has been the quest of statistical theorists from Laplace to John Maynard Keynes , Harold Jeffreys , and Edwin Thompson Jaynes. These theorists and their successors have suggested several methods for constructing "objective" priors Unfortunately, it is not clear how to assess the relative "objectivity" of the priors proposed under these methods :.
Each of these methods contributes useful priors for "regular" one-parameter problems, and each prior can handle some challenging statistical models with "irregularity" or several parameters. Each of these methods has been useful in Bayesian practice. Thus, the Bayesian statistician needs either to use informed priors using relevant expertise or previous data or to choose among the competing methods for constructing "objective" priors.
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Introduction to Bayesian Statistics 2nd Edition[Bolstad 2007]
Overview DOI: Bayesian methods are rapidly becoming popular tools for making statistical inference in various fields of science including biology, engineering, finance, and genetics. One of the key aspects of Bayesian inferential method is its logical foundation. One of the key aspects of Bayesian inferential method is its logical foundation that provides a coherent framework to utilize not only empirical but also scientific information available to a researcher. Prior knowledge arising from scientific background, expert judgment, or previously collected data is used to build a prior distribution which is then combined with current data via the likelihood function to characterize the current state of knowledge using the so-called posterior distribution. Bayesian methods allow the use of models of complex physical phenomena that were previously too difficult to estimate e. Bayesian methods offer a means of more fully understanding issues that are central to many practical problems by allowing researchers to build integrated models based on hierarchical conditional distributions that can be estimated even with limited amounts of data.
An introduction to Bayesian inference and decision
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