From this free book – Bayesian Methods for Hackers Using Python and PyMC
If Bayesian inference is the destination, then mathematical analysis is a particular path to towards it
After some recent success of Bayesian methods in machine-learning competitions, I decided to investigate the subject again. Even with my mathematical background, it took me three straight-days of reading examples and trying to put the pieces together to understand the methods. There was simply not enough literature bridging theory to practice. The problem with my misunderstanding was the disconnect between Bayesian mathematics and probabilistic programming. That being said, I suffered then so the reader would not have to now. This book attempts to bridge the gap.
Path to Discovery.
- My tweetstream contained a couple of interesting tweets from the Strata Conference
- I went and starting looking at #strataconf
- Found this book (a compelling title with keywords like hacker, python, bayesian)