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Data Analysis

A Bayesian Tutorial

By Devinderjit Sivia, John Skilling



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Statistics lectures have been a source of much bewilderment and frustration for generations of students. This book attempts to remedy the situation by expounding a logical and unified approach to the whole subject of data analysis. This text is intended as a tutorial guide for senior undergraduates and research students in science and engineering. After explaining the basic principles of Bayesian probability theory, their use is illustrated with a variety of examples ranging from elementary parameter estimation to image processing. Other topics covered include reliability analysis, multivariate optimization, least-squares and maximum likelihood, error-propagation, hypothesis testing, maximum entropy and experimental design. The Second Edition of this successful tutorial book contains a new chapter on extensions to the ubiquitous least-squares procedure, allowing for the straightforward handling of outliers and unknown correlated noise, and a cutting-edge contribution from John Skilling on a novel numerical technique for Bayesian computation called 'nested sampling'.

Product code: 9780198568322

ISBN 9780198568322
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H233xW159xS15
No. Of Pages 264
Publisher Oxford University Press
Edition 2nd Revised edition
This is the second edition of the first tutorial book on Bayesian methods and maximum entropy aimed at senior undergraduates in science and engineering. It takes the mystery out of statistics by showing how a few fundamental rules can be used to tackle a variety of problems in data analysis.