Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences / Edition 1 by Simon Jackman | 9780470011546 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble

# Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

ISBN-10: 0470011548

ISBN-13: 9780470011546

Pub. Date: 12/30/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Bayesian methods are increasingly being used in the social sciences, as the problems encountered lend themselves so naturally to the subjective qualities of Bayesian methodology. This book provides an accessible introduction to Bayesian methods, tailored specifically for social science students. It contains lots of real examples from political science, psychology,

## Overview

Bayesian methods are increasingly being used in the social sciences, as the problems encountered lend themselves so naturally to the subjective qualities of Bayesian methodology. This book provides an accessible introduction to Bayesian methods, tailored specifically for social science students. It contains lots of real examples from political science, psychology, sociology, and economics, exercises in all chapters, and detailed descriptions of all the key concepts, without assuming any background in statistics beyond a first course. It features examples of how to implement the methods using WinBUGS – the most-widely used Bayesian analysis software in the world – and R – an open-source statistical software. The book is supported by a Website featuring WinBUGS and R code, and data sets.

## Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470011546
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/30/2009
Series:
Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics Series, #845
Pages:
598
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Introducing Bayesian Analysis.

1. The foundations of Bayesian inference.

1.1 What is probability?

1.2 Subjective probability in Bayesian statistics.

1.3 Bayes theorem, discrete case.

1.4 Bayes theorem, continuous parameter.

1.5 Parameters as random variables, beliefs as distributions.

1.6 Communicating the results of a Bayesian analysis.

1.7 Asymptotic properties of posterior distributions.

1.8 Bayesian hypothesis testing.

1.9 From subjective beliefs to parameters and models.

1.10 Historical note.

2. Getting started: Bayesian analysis for simple models.

2.1 Learning about probabilities, rates and proportions.

2.2 Associations between binary variables.

2.3 Learning from counts.

2.4 Learning about a normal mean and variance.

2.5 Regression models.

Part II: Simulation Based Bayesian Analysis.

3. Monte Carlo methods.

3.1 Simulation consistency.

3.2 Inference for functions of parameters.

3.3 Marginalization via Monte Carlo integration.

3.4 Sampling algorithms.

4. Markov chains.

4.1 Notation and definitions.

4.2 Properties of Markov chains.

4.3 Convergence of Markov chains.

4.4 Limit theorems for Markov chains.

5. Markov chain Monte Carlo.

5.1 Metropolis-Hastings algorithm.

5.2 Gibbs sampling.

6. Implementing Markov chain Monte Carlo.

6.1 Software for Markov chain Monte Carlo.

6.2 Assessing convergence and run-length.

6.3 Working with BUGS/JAGS from R.

6.5 Other examples.

Part III: Advanced Applications in the Social Sciences.

7. Hierarchical Statistical Models.

7.1 Data and parameters that vary by groups: the case for hierarchical modeling.

7.2 ANOVA as a hierarchical model.

7.3 Hierarchical models for longitudinal data.

7.4 Hierarchical models for non-normal data.

7.5 Multi-level models.

8. Bayesian analysis of choice making.

8.1 Regression models for binary responses.

8.2 Ordered outcomes.

8.3 Multinomial outcomes.

8.4 Multinomial probit.

9. Bayesian approaches to measurement.

9.1 Bayesian inference for latent states.

9.2 Factor analysis.

9.3 Item-response models.

9.4 Dynamic measurement models.

Part IV: Appendices.

Appendix A: Working with vectors and matrices.

Appendix B: Probability review.

B.1 Foundations of probability.

B.2 Probability densities and mass functions.

B.3 Convergence of sequences of random variabales.

Appendix C: Proofs of selected propositions.

C.1 Products of normal densities.

C.2 Conjugate analysis of normal data.

C.3 Asymptotic normality of the posterior density.

References.

Topic index.

Author index.

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