By José M. Bernardo, Adrian F. M. Smith

This hugely acclaimed textual content offers an intensive account of key techniques and theoretical effects, with specific emphasis on viewing statistical inference as a different case of choice conception.

Information-theoretic strategies play a principal position within the improvement of the idea, which gives, specifically, a close dialogue of the matter of specification of so-called past lack of knowledge.

The paintings is written from the authors' devoted Bayesian viewpoint, yet an outline of non-Bayesian theories can be supplied, and every bankruptcy incorporates a wide-ranging severe re-evaluation of debatable matters. the extent of arithmetic used is such that almost all fabric is on the market to readers with wisdom of complex calculus. particularly, no wisdom of summary degree conception is believed, and the emphasis all through is on statistical options instead of rigorous mathematics.

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A + + . + Axiom 5 . (Precise measurement of preferences and uncertainties). there exists a standard event S such that c - {c2 1 s,c, IF}. (ii) For each event E , there exists a standard event S such that E - S. Discussion of Axiom 5. In the introduction to this section, we discussed the idea of precision through quantification and pointed out, using analogies with other measurement systems such as weight. length and temperature, that the process is based on successive comparisons with a standard.

Fur crll C : > 8. 2. (ii) I f ; jhr sume (:I < "2, {Q I E. theri E 5 F . (iii) G f o r some c and G > @. { a1 I G. 1 G"} F { (12 I G. I ' I G' }. then a1 $: (12. Discirssion of Ariom 3. Condition (i) formalises the idea that preferences between pure consequences should not be affected by the acquisition of further information regarding the uncertain events in 1. 4 have operational content. Indeed, (ii) asserts that if we have {cz I E . CI I E"'} 5 { r? I b'. 2. This forrnalises the intuitive idea that the stated preference should only depend on the "relative likelihood" of F-' and E' and should not depend on the particular consequences used in constructing the options.

Will simply be referred to as the uction spucr. In defining options. the assumption of ajnite partition into events of E seems to us to correspond most closely to the structure of practical problems. However. an extension to admit the possibility of injinite partitions has certain mathematical advantages and will be fully discussed, together with other mathematical extensions. in Chapter 3. we are not assuming that all pairs of options (a,, ( 1 2 ) E A x A can necessarily be related by 5. If the rclation can be applied, in the sense that either (iI 5 (J?