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Sabbatical Update 2: Astro Hack Week

So on the seventh day he rested from all his work drank too much coffee and programmed for 10 hours Last week I took a one week “break” from sabbatical to travel to New York City for the second annual Astro … Continue reading

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The Ubiquity of Non-Informative Priors

Over on the Bayesian Philosophy blog, there is an interesting short post discussing whether non-informative probability distributions exist. There are several different ways to get from intuitions about informativeness to formal principles (e.g. the principle of indifference, transformation groups, MaxEnt, Jeffreys priors, reference priors, default … Continue reading

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Inference bait and switch

When I first moved from a physics department to a statistics department, I was a bit nervous about whether worldview collisions would occur with my coworkers, and how they would play out. From what I’ve heard, things have improved a … Continue reading

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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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