Harold Jeffreys (1974): Fisher and Inverse Probability

A .pdf of Jeffrey’s view of how to think about Bayesian inference is to be found here. It is three pages long, dense, but readable. It implicitly explains the Jeffreys prior.


The starting quote is: “the scientific method is neither deduction from a set of axioms nor a way of making plausible guesses, as Bertrand Russell said; but that it is a matter of successive approximation to probability distributions.”



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About Peter Freed, M.D.

I am a psychiatrist (psychopharmacology and psychotherapy) specializing in the so-called "personality disorders," particularly narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. I was a Fellow and then an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia from 2004- 2011. I am currently in private practice in NYC.