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My talk Tues 24 Sept at 12h30 at Université de Technologie de Compiègne

Philosophie et practique de la statistique bayésienne. I’ll try to update the slides a bit since a few years ago, to add some thoughts I’ve had recently about problems with noninformative priors, even in simple settings.

The location of the talk will not be convenient for most of you, but anyone who comes to the trouble of showing up will have the opportunity to laugh at my accent.

P.S. For those of you who are interested in the topic but can’t make it to the talk, I recommend these two papers on my non-inductive Bayesian philosophy:

[2013] Philosophy and the practice of Bayesian statistics (with discussion). {\em British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology} {\bf 66}, 8–18. (Andrew Gelman and Cosma Shalizi)
[2013] Rejoinder to discussion. (Andrew Gelman and Cosma Shalizi)

[2011] Induction and deduction in Bayesian data analysis. {\em Rationality, Markets and Morals}, special topic issue “Statistical Science and Philosophy of Science: Where Do (Should) They Meet In 2011 and Beyond?”, ed.\ Deborah Mayo, Aris Spanos, and Kent Staley. (Andrew Gelman)

and this paper on Bayesian attitudes:

[2008] Objections to Bayesian statistics (with discussion). {\em Bayesian Analysis} {\bf 3}, 445–450. (Andrew Gelman)
[2008] Rejoinder to discussion. {\em Bayesian Analysis} {\bf 3}, 467–478. (Andrew Gelman)

and also these two recent papers on the importance of informative models in routine Bayesian inference:

[2014] The connection between varying treatment effects and the crisis of unreplicable research: A Bayesian perspective. {\em Journal of Management}. (Andrew Gelman)

[2012] P-values and statistical practice. {\em Epidemiology}. (Andrew Gelman)


  1. Fernando says:

    I liked the 2014 paper. The Bayesian approach to variability (or almost anything really) is a sound one, especially given sparse strata.

    But the distinction btw modeling the variability, and explaining it, not so clear. What causes the heterogeneity? In my view this is not an estimation problem.

  2. K? O'Rourke says:

    In Cochran’s last paper, the last line is something like when “e ffects are diff erent in
    di fferent places and at di fferent times” it is very puzzling.

    I believe he struggled ever since Yates and he wrote a 1938 paper on repeated agricultural studies.

    Shame that issue got buried so much for so long.

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