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Lecture 38—Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What was covered?

Bayesian statistics—why should a frequentist care?

The Gibbs sampler

These are readily obtainable in hierarchical models when viewed from a Bayesian perspective. The basic regression model is a conditional statement, random effects are conditional on the values of parameters of a normal distribution, and all the remaining parameters are conditional on their priors.


i.e., the probability of going from  to  in n steps in the limit depends only on the final state. When a Gibbs sampler is formulated from the likelihood and priors from a Bayesian model, the limiting probability  is in fact the desired posterior probability.

The BUGS program

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