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The approach and interpretation of probability associated with Bayes theorem; usually used as opposed to the frequentist approach. It can be seen as an extension of logic that enables reasoning with propositions whose truth or falsity is uncertain. A Bayesian probabilist starts with some prior ...

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### Probability of number of people who know a rumor

Suppose that among a group of $n$ people, some unknown number of people $K$ know a rumor. If someone knows the rumor, there is a probability $p$ that they will tell it to us if we ask. If they don't ...
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### Normalizing factor for product of Gaussian densities - interpretation with Bayes theorem

The normalizing factor for the product of two multivariate Gaussian densities, $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ with mean vectors $a$ and $b$ respectively, and covariance matrices $A$ and $B$ respectively, is itself ...
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### Bayesian inference exercise

I am learning online Bayesian Statistics and I have a test in a couple of days. I have no idea how to solve this exercise, any help will be appreciated. There might be something similar in the quiz... ...
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### a variant of MLE of a normal distribution

It is well-known that if we have "n" sample observations from normal distribution with unknown mean, then the sample mean would be the MLE for the mean of the normal distribution. However, let's ...
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### Correlation of belief distributions from distinct signals

Anne and Bob are two Bayesians who initially share a non-degenerate prior about a binary state of the world. Anne observes some signal (i.e., an experiment in Blackwell's terminology) about the state ...
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### How can I infer order from partially ordered discrete sequences?

A really interesting problem that I can't stop thinking about! Have run in to this a couple of times but yet to find a smart approach to either solve or frame this problem. This is my try at ...
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### In what sense is the Bayesian posterior mean a “convex combination”?

This is related to a previous question that hasn't gotten an answer: Definition of convex combination with matrix-vector multiplication Suppose I want to estimate $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ from two ...
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### Bayesian Shrinkage Factor

Vasicek(1973), referenced in this paper(See bottom of page 16) explains a method of shrinking individual betas $\beta^{TS}$ toward a cross-sectional mean $\beta^{XS}$ as follows: for each time $t$, ...
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### Optimal Stopping for One-Armed Bandit with a Fixed, Known Payout.

I'm very new to bandit problems (apologies if I've formatted my question incorrectly), but I have to solve the optimal stopping of what I think is a very simple case. I have a bandit problem with one ...
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### Posterior predictive distribution in a Bernoulli process.

Suppose there are $k$ successes in a Bernoulli population $X = \{x_1, \ldots, x_n\}$. I would like to calculate the posterior predictive distribution $f(x | X)$ where $x = \{0,1\}$. I assume the ...
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### Maximum Posterior: $p(\bf{w}\mid\bf{x},\bf{t},\alpha,\beta) \propto p(\bf{t}\mid\bf{x},\bf{w},\beta)p(\bf{w}\mid\alpha)$ for Gaussian Distribution

At the moment I take a look at the book Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning from Christopher Bishop and as I try to understand the basics of the probability theory I get stuck trying to ...
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### Computing evidence for least-squares fit

I'm at a loss trying to implement Bayesian model selection for standard least-squares polynomials fits. I have three polynomials of order $1$, $2$, and $3$, and a sequence of $(x,y)$ data points. ...
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### Probability distribution for a digit of a number

If someone choose a digit $\alpha$ and a digit $\beta$ independently. Each one can be in $0,1, ...,9$. So $\mu = \alpha \beta$ (e.g. if $\alpha = 5$ and $\beta = 3$ then $\mu =53$). And I observe a ...
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### Gaussian Bayesian filtering with bound observation ($b_1<x<b_2$)

Suppose we have a Normal r.v $$x \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu, \sigma^2)$$ and a Normal prior of $\mu$ $$\mu \sim \mathcal{N}(\theta, \delta^2)$$ I know how to do the Bayesian update with a ...
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### Making sense out of the method for finding posterior distributions.

I have been recently studying Bayesian statistics and more precisely the problem of finding posterior distributions. I am able to understand the my textbook's problems, but I realize that I understand ...
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