Statistical Science

Bayesian Thought in Early Modern Detective Stories: Monsieur Lecoq, C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes

Joseph B. Kadane

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Abstract

This paper reviews the maxims used by three early modern fictional detectives: Monsieur Lecoq, C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes. It find similarities between these maxims and Bayesian thought. Poe’s Dupin uses ideas very similar to Bayesian game theory. Sherlock Holmes’ statements also show thought patterns justifiable in Bayesian terms.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci., Volume 24, Number 2 (2009), 238-243.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 14 January 2010

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1263478384

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/09-STS298

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2655852

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1328.62052

Keywords
Arthur Conan Doyle Edgar Allan Poe Emile Gaboriau odd and even Bayesian Game Theory

Citation

Kadane, Joseph B. Bayesian Thought in Early Modern Detective Stories: Monsieur Lecoq, C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes. Statist. Sci. 24 (2009), no. 2, 238--243. doi:10.1214/09-STS298. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1263478384


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