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May 2009 Bayesian Thought in Early Modern Detective Stories: Monsieur Lecoq, C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes
Joseph B. Kadane
Statist. Sci. 24(2): 238-243 (May 2009). DOI: 10.1214/09-STS298

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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.

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Joseph B. Kadane. "Bayesian Thought in Early Modern Detective Stories: Monsieur Lecoq, C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes." Statist. Sci. 24 (2) 238 - 243, May 2009. https://doi.org/10.1214/09-STS298

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Published: May 2009
First available in Project Euclid: 14 January 2010

zbMATH: 1328.62052
MathSciNet: MR2655852
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/09-STS298

Rights: Copyright © 2009 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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