Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way: Understanding Statistics and Probability
Writing a book is really an incredible effort that involves the hard work of many people. Even with all the names following I can only touch on some of the many people that have made this book possible. I would like to start by thanking my son, Archer, for always keeping me curious and inspiring me. The books published by No Starch have long been my some of my favorite books to read and it is a real honor to get to work with the amazing team there to produce this book. I give tremendous thanks to my editors, reviewers, and the incredible team at No Starch. Liz Chadwick originally approached me about creating this book and provided excellent editiorial feedback and guidence through the entire porcess of this book. Laurel Chun made sure the entire process of going from some messy R notebooks to a full fledged book went incredibly smoothly. Chelsea Parlett-Pelleriti went well beyond the requirements of a technical reviewer and really helped to make this book the best it can be. Frances Saux added many insightful comments to the later chapters of the book. And of course thank you to Bill Pollock for creating such a delightful publishing company. As an English literature major in undergrad I never could have imagined writing a book on any mathematical subject. There are a few people who were really essential to helping me see the wonder of mathematics. I will forever be grateful to my college roommate, Greg Muller, who showed a crazy English major just how exciting and interesting the world of mathematics can be. Professor Anatoly Temkin at Boston University opened the doors to mathematical thinking for me by teaching me to always answer the question, “what does this mean?” And of course a huge thanks to Richard Kelley who, when I found myself in the desert for many years, provided an oasis of mathematical conversations and guidence. I would also like to give a shoutout to the data science team at Bombora, especially Patrick Kelley, who provided so many wonderful questions and coversations, some of which found their way into this book. I will also be forever grateful to the readers of my blog, Count Bayesie, who have always provided wonderful questions and insights. Among these readers, I would especially like to thank the commentor Nevin who helped correct some early misunderstandings I had. Finally I want to give thanks to some truly great authors in Bayesian statistics whose books have done a great deal to guide my own growth in the subject. John Kruschke’s Doing Bayesian Data Analysis and Bayesian Data Analysis by Andrew Gelman, et al. are great books everyone should read. By far the most influential book on my own thinking is E.T. Jaynes’ phenomenal Probability Theory: The Logic of Science, and I’d like to add thanks to Aubrey Clayton for making a series of lectures on this challenging book which really helped clarify it for me.
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