Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach, Second Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences)

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The first edition of Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach helped pave the way for Bayesian approaches to become more prominent in social science methodology. While the focus remains on practical modeling and basic theory as well as on intuitive explanations and derivations without skipping steps, this second edition incorporates the latest methodology and recent changes in software offerings.

New to the Second Edition

  • Two chapters on Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) that cover ergodicity, convergence, mixing, simulated annealing, reversible jump MCMC, and coupling
  • Expanded coverage of Bayesian linear and hierarchical models
  • More technical and philosophical details on prior distributions
  • A dedicated R package (BaM) with data and code for the examples as well as a set of functions for practical purposes such as calculating highest posterior density (HPD) intervals

    Requiring only a basic working knowledge of linear algebra and calculus, this text is one of the few to offer a graduate-level introduction to Bayesian statistics for social scientists. It first introduces Bayesian statistics and inference, before moving on to assess model quality and fit. Subsequent chapters examine hierarchical models within a Bayesian context and explore MCMC techniques and other numerical methods. Concentrating on practical computing issues, the author includes specific details for Bayesian model building and testing and uses the R and BUGS software for examples and exercises.
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    About the Author:

    Jeff Gill, University of California - Davis, USA, DAVIS CA, U.S.A

    Review:

    Autodidacts with the requisite background in calculus, statistics, and linear algebra probably would get the greatest benefit out of Gill [due to] breadth of relevant topics and in-depth coverage of MCMC issues ...
    ―Michael Smithson, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, June 2010

    The book will be very suitable for students of social science ... The reference list is carefully compiled; it will be very useful for a well-motivated reader. Altogether it is a very readable book, based on solid scholarship and written with conviction, gusto, and a sense of fun.
    International Statistical Review (2009), 77, 2

    The second edition of Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach is a major update from the original version. ... The result is a general audience text suitable for a first course in Bayesian statistics at the upper undergraduate level for highly quantitative students or at the graduate level for students in a wider variety of fields. ... Of the texts I have tried so far in [my] class, Gill’s book has definitely worked the best for me. ... this book fills an important market segment for classes where the canonical Bayesian texts are a bit too advanced. The emphasis is on using Bayesian methods in practice, with topics introduced via higher-level discussions followed by implementation and theory. ...
    ―Herbert K.H. Lee, University of California, Santa Cruz, The American Statistician, November 2008

    Praise for the First Edition:
    This book is a brilliant and importantly very accessible introduction to the concept and application of Bayesian approaches to data analysis. The clear strength of the book is in making the concept practical and accessible, without necessarily dumbing it down. ... The coverage is also remarkable.
    ―Dr. S.V. Subramanian, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    One of the signal contributions of Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach is to reintroduce Bayesian inference and computing to a general social sciences audience. This is an important contribution-one that will make demand for this book high ... Jeff Gill has gone some way toward reinventing the graduate-level methodology textbook ... Gill's treatment of the practicalities of convergence is a real service ... new users of the technique will appreciate this material. ... the inclusion of material on hierarchical modeling at first seems unconventional; its use in political science, while increasing, has been limited. However, Bayesian inference and MCMC methods are well-suited to these types of problems, and it is exactly these types of treatments that push the discipline in new directions. As noted, a number of monographs have appeared recently to reintroduce Bayesian inference to a new generation of computer-savvy statisticians. ... However, Gill achieves what these do not: a quality introduction and reference guide to Bayesian inference and MCMC methods that will become a standard in political methodology.
    The Journal of Politics, November 2003

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