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The theory that would not die : how Bayes' rule cracked the enigma code, hunted down Russian submarines, & emerged triumphant from two centuries of controversy

Author: Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2011.
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"Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch.
Theory that would not die.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010045037
(OCoLC)670481486
Named Person: Thomas Bayes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
ISBN: 9780300175097 0300175094 1283101920 9781283101929 9786613101921 6613101923
OCLC Number: 724024998
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 320 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. Enlightenment and the Anti-Bayesian reaction --
pt. 2. Second World War era --
pt. 3. The glorious revival --
pt. 4. To prove its worth --
pt. 5. Victory 211.
Responsibility: Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
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