ERIC Number: EJ1034688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
What Is the Probability You Are a Bayesian?
Wulff, Shaun S.; Robinson, Timothy J.
Journal of Statistics Education, v22 n2 2014
Bayesian methodology continues to be widely used in statistical applications. As a result, it is increasingly important to introduce students to Bayesian thinking at early stages in their mathematics and statistics education. While many students in upper level probability courses can recite the differences in the Frequentist and Bayesian inferential paradigms, these students often struggle using Bayesian methods when conducting data analysis. Specifically, students tend to struggle translating subjective belief to the specification of a prior distribution and the incorporation of uncertainty in the Bayesian inferential approach. The purpose of this paper is to present a hands-on activity involving the Beta-Binomial model to facilitate an intuitive understanding of the Bayesian approach through subjective problem formulation which lies at the heart of Bayesian statistics.
Descriptors: Bayesian Statistics, Probability, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students, Advanced Courses, Statistical Distributions, Experiential Learning, Statistical Analysis
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