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To be, or not to be, that is the question
Adelchi Azzalini

Last modified: 2015-09-05

Abstract


To be, or not to be, that is the question. [Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1]
Arguably, this is the most trite quote one can come up with. However, for statisticians, it points naturally to a crucial dilemma:    To be or not to be a Bayesian, that is the question. 
Also, it is not too hazardous to say that some people have in mind, more or less explicitly, this other quandary:    To be a Bayesian, or not to be, that is the question.
At least so was the situation until some years ago. Currently, these issues seem to be of decreasing importance, since an ever increasing number of statistics users (not all statisticians) appear to be Bayesians or rather "modern Bayesians". However in this evolution another question has been generated:    Bayesian ...what does it mean?
In the talk, I try to address the last question, undoubtedly from  a highly subjective viewpoint. I shall also attempt a question of purely subjective interest, that is:    Am I a Bayesian? and, in case, of which sort?

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