- Series: Springer Texts in Statistics
- Paperback: 606 pages
- Publisher: Springer Verlag, New York; 2nd edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387715983
- ISBN-13: 978-0387715988
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bayesian Choice: From Decision-Theoretic Foundations to Computational Implementation (Springer Texts in Statistics) 2nd Edition
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SHORT BOOK REVIEWS
"The text reads fluently and beautifully throughout, with light, good-humoured touches that warm the reader without being intrusive. There are many examples and exercises, some of which draw out the essence of work of other authors. Each chapter ends with a "Notes" section containing further brief descriptions of research papers. A reference section lists about eight hundred and sixty references. Each chapter begins with a quotation from "The Wheel of Time" a sequence of books by Robert Jordan. Only a few displays and equations have numbers attached. This is an extremely fine, exceptional text of the highest quality."
ISI Short Book Reviews, April 2002
JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL PSYCHOLOGY
"This book is an excellent introduction to Bayesian statistics and decision making. The author does an outstanding job in explicating the Bayesian research program and in discussing how Bayesian statistics differs form fiducial inference and from the Newman-Pearson likelihood approach…The book would be well suited for a graduate-level course in a mathematical statistics department. There are numerous examples and exercises to enhance a deeper understanding of the material. The writing is authoritative, comprehensive, and scholarly."
"This book is a publication in the well-known Springer Series in statistics published in 2001. It is a textbook that presents an introduction to Bayesian statistics and decision theory for graduate level course … . The textbook contains a wealth of references to the literature; therefore it can also be recommended as an important reference book for statistical researchers. … for those who want to make a Bayesian choice, I recommend that you make your choice by getting hold of Robert’s book, The Bayesian Choice." (Jan du Plessis, Newsletter of the South African Statistical Association, June, 2003)
"This is the second edition of the author’s graduate level textbook ‘The Bayesian choice: a decision-theoretic motivation.’ … The present book is a revised edition. It includes important advances that have taken place since then. Different from the previous edition is the decreased emphasis on decision-theoretic principles. Nevertheless, the connection between Bayesian Statistics and Decision Theory is developed. Moreover, the author emphasizes the increasing importance of computational techniques." (Krzysztof Piasecki, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 980, 2002)
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
However, for those who want to apply bayesian statistics to a problem in their own research area, there are likely better books. The author uses many concepts before introducing them. In many cases, the introduction of a concept is so brief as to only serve as a reminder for those who already know the topic well. I have taken several graduate courses in statistics and I have studied most of the topics listed in the table of contents, yet I find this book difficult to follow.
I feel reviews are often colored by the (often unknown) background of the reviewer, so I'm including a little of my background: I have a phd in computer science and my thesis topic was computer vision. I am now working on machine learning problems and when I bought this book I felt a stronger background in bayesian statistics would help me.
Chapter 7 on model choice is entirely new and Chapter 6 on Bayesian calculations is extensively revised. Chapter 10 on hierarchical models and empirical Bayes extensions has been supplemented with a number of recent examples. Bayesian hierarchical models are now being used in the development of clinical trials particularly in the medical device industry.
This is an advanced graduate text in Bayesian statistics and has a wealth of references to the literature. In that respect it is very similar to the fine text by Bernardo and Smith (1994) "Bayesian Theory" but is a little more current.
An important reference for all statistical researchers, I highly recommend it for a graduate course text in Bayesian methods as well as for a reference book.