Synopses & Reviews
This is a graduate-level textbook on Bayesian analysis blending modern Bayesian theory, methods, and applications. Starting from basic statistics, undergraduate calculus and linear algebra, ideas of both subjective and objective Bayesian analysis are developed to a level where real-life data can be analyzed using the current techniques of statistical computing. Advances in both low-dimensional and high-dimensional problems are covered, as well as important topics such as empirical Bayes and hierarchical Bayes methods and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques. Many topics are at the cutting edge of statistical research. Solutions to common inference problems appear throughout the text along with discussion of what prior to choose. There is a discussion of elicitation of a subjective prior as well as the motivation, applicability, and limitations of objective priors. By way of important applications the book presents microarrays, nonparametric regression via wavelets as well as DMA mixtures of normals, and spatial analysis with illustrations using simulated and real data. Theoretical topics at the cutting edge include high-dimensional model selection and Intrinsic Bayes Factors, which the authors have successfully applied to geological mapping. The style is informal but clear. Asymptotics is used to supplement simulation or understand some aspects of the posterior. J.K. Ghosh has been Director and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute and President of the International Statistical Institute. He is currently a professor of statistics at Purdue University and professor emeritus at the Indian Statistical Institute. He has been the editor of Sankhya and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including the Annals of Statistics. His current interests in Bayesian analysis include asymptotics, nonparametric methods, high-dimensional model selection, reliability and survival analysis, bioinformatics, astrostatistics and sparse and not so sparse mixtures. Mohan Delampady and Tapas Samanta are both professors of statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute and both are interested in Bayesian inference, specifically in topics such as model selection, asymptotics, robustness and nonparametrics.
Review
From the reviews: "This text provides a unique blend of theory, methods and applications that is suitable for a one-semester course in Bayesian analysis." C.M. O'Brien for Short Book Reviews of the ISI, December 2006 "The material of the book covers more than a one semester course and provides enough results for a second course. ... the book is simultaneously useful for different readership groups. Instructors will get guidelines for preparing a course on Bayesian statistics ... . Students will enjoy the excellently clear ... style and the exercises at the end of each chapter. Practitioners will find plenty of classical and recent Bayesian methods. ... I highly recommend the book to all readers who are interested in Bayesian statistics." (Friedrich Liese, Mathematical Reviews, Issue, 2007 g) "This book, with its 10 chapters, represents a valuable introduction to Bayesian statistics and varies among theory, methods and applications. ... The book's material is invaluable, and is presented with clarity ... . Each chapter's topics are covered by various examples and many exercises. ... gives a constructive approach to the statistical analysis based on Bayes' formula. ... So, it is strongly recommended to libraries and all who are interested in statistics." (Hassan S. Bakouch, Journal of Applied Statistics, Vol. 35 (3), 2008) "Taken overall, the book should be recommended to a wide audience...as a source of interesting and mind-provoking information about Bayesian statistics. " ( ISCB News, 2008) "Bayesian analysis have arrived. ... This text offers one approach based on the pedagogic decision to 'balance theory, methods, and applications.' ... The brief introduction to classical inference ... provides a nice basis for the objective Bayesian treatment offered by the authors throughout the book. ... this book appealing for classically trained statisticians. ... Overall, I congratulate the authors for a largely successful attempt to introduce true religion." (C. Shane Reese, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 103 (482), June, 2008) "The book under review aims to contribute to existing graduate-level introductory texts on Bayesian analysis by providing an impressive blend of theory, methods, and applications. It consists of 10 chapters and 5 appendices." (Joseph Melamed, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1135 (13), 2008) "This book is an introduction to the theory and methods underlying Bayesian statistics written by three absolute experts on the field. It is primarily intended for graduate students taking a first course in Bayesian analysis or instructors preparing an introductory one-semester course on Bayesian analysis. ... The book is written in a clear, relatively mathematical style ... ." (Björn Bornkamp, Advances in Statistical Analysis, Issue 1, 2009) "This book introduces the mathematical theory of Bayesian analysis along the statistical line of decision theory. ... This book is intended as a graduate-level analysis of mathematical problems in Bayesian statistics and can in parts be used as textbook on Bayesian theory. ... Overall, if I had to recommend a good book on new advancements of Bayesian statistics in the last decade from a theoretical decision point of view, I would recommend this book." (Wolfgang Polasek, Statistical Papers, Vol. 50, 2009)
Review
From the reviews:
"This text provides a unique blend of theory, methods and applications that is suitable for a one-semester course in Bayesian analysis." C.M. O'Brien for Short Book Reviews of the ISI, December 2006
"The material of the book covers more than a one semester course and provides enough results for a second course. ... the book is simultaneously useful for different readership groups. Instructors will get guidelines for preparing a course on Bayesian statistics ... . Students will enjoy the excellently clear ... style and the exercises at the end of each chapter. Practitioners will find plenty of classical and recent Bayesian methods. ... I highly recommend the book to all readers who are interested in Bayesian statistics." (Friedrich Liese, Mathematical Reviews, Issue, 2007 g)
"This book, with its 10 chapters, represents a valuable introduction to Bayesian statistics and varies among theory, methods and applications. ... The book's material is invaluable, and is presented with clarity ... . Each chapter's topics are covered by various examples and many exercises. ... gives a constructive approach to the statistical analysis based on Bayes' formula. ... So, it is strongly recommended to libraries and all who are interested in statistics." (Hassan S. Bakouch, Journal of Applied Statistics, Vol. 35 (3), 2008)
"Taken overall, the book should be recommended to a wide audience...as a source of interesting and mind-provoking information about Bayesian statistics. " ( ISCB News, 2008)
"Bayesian analysis have arrived. ... This text offers one approach based on the pedagogic decision to 'balance theory, methods, and applications.' ... The brief introduction to classical inference ... provides a nice basis for the objective Bayesian treatment offered by the authors throughout the book. ... this book appealing for classically trained statisticians. ... Overall, I congratulate the authors for a largely successful attempt to introduce true religion." (C. Shane Reese, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 103 (482), June, 2008)
"The book under review aims to contribute to existing graduate-level introductory texts on Bayesian analysis by providing an impressive blend of theory, methods, and applications. It consists of 10 chapters and 5 appendices." (Joseph Melamed, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1135 (13), 2008)
"This book is an introduction to the theory and methods underlying Bayesian statistics written by three absolute experts on the field. It is primarily intended for graduate students taking a first course in Bayesian analysis or instructors preparing an introductory one-semester course on Bayesian analysis. ... The book is written in a clear, relatively mathematical style ... ." (Björn Bornkamp, Advances in Statistical Analysis, Issue 1, 2009)
"This book introduces the mathematical theory of Bayesian analysis along the statistical line of decision theory. ... This book is intended as a graduate-level analysis of mathematical problems in Bayesian statistics and can in parts be used as textbook on Bayesian theory. ... Overall, if I had to recommend a good book on new advancements of Bayesian statistics in the last decade from a theoretical decision point of view, I would recommend this book." (Wolfgang Polasek, Statistical Papers, Vol. 50, 2009)
Synopsis
This book is a contemporary introduction to theory, methods and computation in Bayesian Analysis. It focuses on topics that have stood the test of time and on emerging areas. No other such book is available in the market.
Table of Contents
Statistical Preliminaries.- Bayesian Inference and Decision Theory.- Utility, Prior and Bayesian Robustness.- Large Sample Methods.- Choice of Priors for Low-Dimensional Parameters.- Hypothesis Testing and Model Selection.- Bayesian Computations.- Some Common Problems In Inference.- High-Dimensional Problems.- Some Applications.