Monthly Archives: December 2013

Entropic priors are okay (but you probably shouldn’t use them)

Right now I’m in Canberra for the MaxEnt2013 meeting. It’s been an interesting and highly idiosyncratic conference so far, although I’m a bit tired because the schedule is very packed. On Wednesday, John Skilling gave an interesting presentation criticising “entropic … Continue reading

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The prior isn’t the only prior

One of my favorite pastimes is railing against certain word choices when they may imply things that aren’t true. An example of this is the usage of the word “prior” in Bayesian inference. If a quantity is unknown, then the prior describes how … Continue reading

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