*Bayesian Statistics Made Simple*

by Allen B. Downey

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## Description

*Think Bayes* is an introduction to Bayesian statistics using computational methods.

The premise of this book, and the other books in the *Think X* series, is that if you know how to program, you can use that skill to learn other topics.

Most books on Bayesian statistics use mathematical notation and present ideas in terms of mathematical concepts like calculus. This book uses Python code instead of math, and discrete approximations instead of continuous functions. As a result, what would be an integral in a math book becomes a summation, and most operations on probability distributions are loops or array operations.

I think this presentation is easier to understand, at least for people with programming skills. It is also more general, because when we make modeling decisions, we can choose the most appropriate model without worrying too much about whether the model lends itself to conventional analysis. Also, it provides a smooth development path from simple examples to real-world problems.

*Think Bayes* is a Free Book, which means that you are free to copy, distribute, and modify it, as long as you attribute the work, share alike, and don’t use it for commercial purposes.

Other Free Books by Allen Downey are available from Green Tea Press.