“Not Only Defended But Also Applied”: The Perceived Absurdity of Bayesian Inference

  title={“Not Only Defended But Also Applied”: The Perceived Absurdity of Bayesian Inference},
  author={Andrew Gelman and Christian P. Robert},
  journal={The American Statistician},
  pages={1 - 5}
The missionary zeal of many Bayesians of old has been matched, in the other direction, by an attitude among some theoreticians that Bayesian methods were absurd—not merely misguided but obviously wrong in principle. We consider several examples, beginning with Feller's classic text on probability theory and continuing with more recent cases such as the perceived Bayesian nature of the so-called doomsday argument. We analyze in this note the intellectual background behind various misconceptions… Expand
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