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September 2008 Objections to Bayesian statistics
Andrew Gelman
Bayesian Anal. 3(3): 445-449 (September 2008). DOI: 10.1214/08-BA318


Bayesian inference is one of the more controversial approaches to statistics. The fundamental objections to Bayesian methods are twofold: on one hand, Bayesian methods are presented as an automatic inference engine, and this raises suspicion in anyone with applied experience. The second objection to Bayes comes from the opposite direction and addresses the subjective strand of Bayesian inference. This article presents a series of objections to Bayesian inference, written in the voice of a hypothetical anti-Bayesian statistician. The article is intended to elicit elaborations and extensions of these and other arguments from non-Bayesians and responses from Bayesians who might have different perspectives on these issues.


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Andrew Gelman. "Objections to Bayesian statistics." Bayesian Anal. 3 (3) 445 - 449, September 2008.


Published: September 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 22 June 2012

zbMATH: 1330.62046
MathSciNet: MR2434394
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/08-BA318

Keywords: Comparisons to other methods , foundations

Rights: Copyright © 2008 International Society for Bayesian Analysis


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