Bayes’ Theorem: the maths tool we probably use every day, but what is it?

Mike Lee, Benedict King

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Abstract


Our world view and resultant actions are often driven by a simple theorem, devised in secret more than 150 years ago by a quiet English mathematician and theologian, Thomas Bayes, and only published after his death.

Bayes’ Theorem was famously used to crack the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, and now manages uncertainty across science, technology, medicine and much more.

So how does it work?
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Decision making
  • Probability
  • Risk
  • Decision

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