22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Just shy of being great....,
This review is from: Scientific Reasoning: The Bayesian Approach (Paperback)
This book contains lots of useful information for the budding Baysian. Excellent discussions on many topics. However, I have to give this only 3 stars, because on a cardinal point, the authors give very bad advice: they give the impression that Komogorov complexity-based methods are ill motivated. In fact, Kolmogorov complexity is one of the most fruitful new developments in Baysianism, and I have personally used it many times in industrial settings to solve otherwise intractible problems.
However, on most points the book is very useful. I recommend buying the first edition over the second, because the second edition doesn't really add that much useful info over the first. I also recommend buying in addition to this book Ming Li and Paul Vianyi's book on Kolmogorov complexity, for a comprehensive intro to a whole wonderland of Baysianism which Howson & Urbach have overlooked.