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By Andrew I. Dale

This can be a historical past of using Bayes theoremfrom its discovery by means of Thomas Bayes to the increase of the statistical opponents within the first a part of the 20th century. The publication focuses quite at the improvement of 1 of the basic elements of Bayesian records, and during this new version readers will locate new sections on members to the idea. moreover, this version comprises amplified dialogue of appropriate paintings.

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Alexander Morgan, 1933-1934. Here, under the heading "Discipuli Domini 001- 1 14 Thomas Bayes ini Drummond qui vigesimo-septimo die Februarii, MDCCXIX subscripserunt", we find the signature of Thomas Bayes. This list contains the names of 48 students of Logic. 2. 38] Library Accounts 1697-1765. Here, on the 27th February 1719, we find an amount of £3-0-0 standing to Bayes's name - and the same amount to John Horsley, Isaac Maddox and Skinner Smith. e. 184]). 3. Leges Bibliothecae Universitatis Edinensis.

Argument 3. The second step is much more restrictive than the usually invoked principle of insufficient reason: for if knowing absolutely nothing necessitates our taking Pr [X = p] = 1/(n+1), very few applications will be found in which this requirement is met. 253], needs verification. As we have already indicated, however, knowledge of the first n moments, for every n, of a distribution on [0,1] will uniquely determine the distribution. 254]. 129] notes further that his interpre- 3 44 Commentary on Bayes's Essay tation of Bayes's argument shows that, for any strictly monotone function f, Pr [X = p] = l/{n + 1) '* Pr [f{X) = f(p)] = l/{n + 1).

Bayes nowasserts that the same rule is to be used when considering an event whose probability, antecedent to any trial, is unknown. In support of this assertion he adduces the following argument (paraphrased here): let us suppose that to know nothing of the (antecedent) probability is equivalent to being indifferent between the possible number of successes in n trials (Le. each possible number of successes is as probable as any other)32. 392-393], Bayes in fact goes on to say that concerning such an event I have no reason to think that, in a certain number of trials, it should rather happen anyone possible number of times than another.

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