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Bayes, Thomas (1702–61)


Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


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English clergyman and theorist of probability. Bayes established the basis of an account of confirmation, explaining how evidence can support hypotheses by altering the prior probability of the hypotheses being true. Bayesian philosophy of science has flourished in recent decades. His most important work is An Essay towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances (1763). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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