ERIC Number: EJ1027547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
A Gentle Introduction to Bayesian Analysis: Applications to Developmental Research
van de Schoot, Rens; Kaplan, David; Denissen, Jaap; Asendorpf, Jens B.; Neyer, Franz J.; van Aken, Marcel A. G.
Child Development, v85 n3 p842-860 May-Jun 2014
Bayesian statistical methods are becoming ever more popular in applied and fundamental research. In this study a gentle introduction to Bayesian analysis is provided. It is shown under what circumstances it is attractive to use Bayesian estimation, and how to interpret properly the results. First, the ingredients underlying Bayesian methods are introduced using a simplified example. Thereafter, the advantages and pitfalls of the specification of prior knowledge are discussed. To illustrate Bayesian methods explained in this study, in a second example a series of studies that examine the theoretical framework of dynamic interactionism are considered. In the Discussion the advantages and disadvantages of using Bayesian statistics are reviewed, and guidelines on how to report on Bayesian statistics are provided.
Descriptors: Bayesian Statistics, Research Methodology, Prior Learning, Guidelines, Reports, Child Development
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