Thomas Bayes, 250 years later

April 21, 2011
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(This article was first published on Xi'an's Og » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A link on R-bloggers signaled a series of blogs and videos by IBM Netezza about Thomas Bayes and the consequences of his theorem. Which made me realise this was indeed the 250th anniversary of his death, and that maybe we (as a collective, incl. ISBA) should have done something on April 17th… Before the Revolution Analytics announcement, only this post in Dutch by Tom Heskes appeared to celebrate the event. I am not sure one should draw major consequences from this, but if any, this means that the Bayesian community has sufficiently grown in strength and maturity to stop focusing on a single point of its long history. And maybe celebrations will be more widespread for the 250th anniversaty of the publication of An essay towards solving a problem in the doctrine of chances on Dec. 23, 1763.

Filed under: R, Statistics, University life Tagged: Bayes theorem, Bunhill Field, London, Thomas Bayes

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