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The True Title of Bayes’s Essay

Stephen M. Stigler

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New evidence is presented that Richard Price gave Thomas Bayes’s famous essay a very different title from the commonly reported one. It is argued that this implies Price almost surely and Bayes not improbably embarked upon this work seeking a defensive tool to combat David Hume on an issue in theology.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 28, Number 3 (2013), 283-288.

First available in Project Euclid: 28 August 2013

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Stigler, Stephen M. The True Title of Bayes’s Essay. Statist. Sci. 28 (2013), no. 3, 283--288. doi:10.1214/13-STS438.

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