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Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

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Preface. Preface to First Edition. 1. Introduction to Statistical Science. 1.1 The Scientific Method: A Process for Learning. 1.2 The Role of Statistics in the Scientific Method. 1.3 Main Approaches to Statistics. 1.4 Purpose and Organization of This Text. 2. Scientific Data Gathering. 2.1 Sampling from a Real Population. 2.2 Observational Studies and Designed Experiments. Monte Carlo Exercises. 3. Displaying and Summarizing Data. 3.1 Graphically Displaying a Single Variable. 3.2 Graphically Comparing Two Samples. 3.3 Measures of Location. 3.4 Measures of Spread. 3.5 Displaying Relationships Between Two or More Variables. 3.6 Measures of Association for Two or More Variables. Exercises. 4. Logic, Probability, and Uncertainty. 4.1 Deductive Logic and Plausible Reasoning. 4.2 Probability. 4.3 Axioms of Probability. 4.4 Joint Probability and Independent Events. 4.5 Conditional Probability. 4.6 Bayes' Theorem. 4.7 Assigning Probabilities. 4.8 Odds Ratios and Bayes Factor. 4.9 Beat the Dealer. Exercises. 5. Discrete Random Variables. 5.1 Discrete Random Variables. 5.2 Probability Distribution of a Discrete Random Variable. 5.3 Binomial Distribution. 5.4 Hypergeometric Distribution. 5.5 Poisson Distribution. 5.6 Joint Random Variables. 5.7 Conditional Probability for Joint Random Variables. Exercises. 6. Bayesian Inference for Discrete Random Variables. 6.1 Two Equivalent Ways of Using Bayes' Theorem. 6.2 Bayes' Theorem for Binomial with Discrete Prior. 6.3 Important Consequences of Bayes' Theorem. 6.4 Bayes' theorem for Poisson with Discrete Prior. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 7. Continuous Random Variables. 7.1 Probability Density Function. 7.2 Some Continuous Distributions. 7.3 Joint Continuous Random Variables. 7.4 Joint Continuous and Discrete Random Variables. Exercises. 8. Bayesian Inference for Binomial Proportion. 8.1 Using a Uniform Prior. 8.2 Using a Beta Prior. 8.3 Choosing Your Prior. 8.4 Summarizing the Posterior Distribution. 8.5 Estimating the Proportion. 8.6 Bayesian Credible Interval. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 9. Comparing Bayesian and Frequentist Inferences for Proportion. 9.1 Frequentist Interpretation of Probability and Parameters. 9.2 Point Estimation. 9.3 Comparing Estimators for Proportion. 9.4 Interval Estimation. 9.5 Hypothesis Testing. 9.6 Testing a OneSided Hypothesis. 9.7 Testing a TwoSided Hypothesis. Exercises. Monte Carlo Exercises. 10. Bayesian Inference for Poisson. 10.1 Some Prior Distributions for Poisson. 10.2 Inference for Poisson Parameter. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 11. Bayesian Inference for Normal Mean. 11.1 Bayes' Theorem for Normal Mean with a Discrete Prior. 11.2 Bayes' Theorem for Normal Mean with a Continuous Prior. 11.3 Choosing Your Normal Prior. 11.4 Bayesian Credible Interval for Normal Mean. 11.5 Predictive Density for Next Observation. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 12. Comparing Bayesian and Frequentist Inferences for Mean. 12.1 Comparing Frequentist and Bayesian Point Estimators. 12.2 Comparing Confidence and Credible Intervals for Mean. 12.3 Testing a OneSided Hypothesis about a Normal Mean. 12.4 Testing a TwoSided Hypothesis about a Normal Mean. Exercises. 13. Bayesian Inference for Difference between Means. 13.1 Independent Random Samples from Two Normal Distributions. 13.2 Case 1: Equal Variances. 13.3 Case 2: Unequal Variances. 13.4 Bayesian Inference for Difference Between Two Proportions Using Normal Approximation. 13.5 Normal Random Samples from Paired Experiments. Exercises. 14. Bayesian Inference for Simple Linear Regression. 14.1 Least Squares Regression. 14.2 Exponential Growth Model. 14.3 Simple Linear Regression Assumptions. 14.4 Bayes' Theorem for the Regression Model. 14.5 Predictive Distribution for Future Observation. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 15. Bayesian Inference for Standard Deviation. 15.1 Bayes' Theorem for Normal Variance with a Continuous Prior. 15.2 Some Specific Prior Distributions and The Resulting Posteriors. 15.3 Bayesian inference for normal standard deviation. Exercises. Computer Exercises. 16. Robust Bayesian Methods. 16.1 Effect of Misspecified Prior. 16.2 Bayes' Theorem with Mixture Priors. Exercises. Computer Exercises. A. Introduction to Calculus. B. Use of Statistical Tables. C. Using the Included Minitab Macros. D. Using the Included R Functions. E. Answers to Selected Exercises. References. Topic Index.

About the Author

William M. Bolstad, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistics at The University of Waikato, New Zealand. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri, Stanford University, and The University of Waikato. Dr. Bolstad's research interests include Bayesian statistics, MCMC methods, recursive estimation techniques, multiprocess dynamic time series models, and forecasting.


"Like the first edition, this edition is useful and effective in teaching Bayesian inference at both elementary and intermediate levels. It is a well-written book on elementary Bayesian inference, and the material is easily accessible. It is both concise and timely, and provides a good collection of overviews and reviews of important tools used in Bayesian statistical methods." (Technometrics, November 2008) "Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals." (CHOICE, April 2008)

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