Episode 16

#16 Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way, with Will Kurt

A librarian, a philosopher and a statistician walk into a bar — and they can’t find anybody to talk to; nobody seems to understand what they are talking about. Nobody? No! There is someone, and this someone is Will Kurt! 

Will Kurt is the author of ‘Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way’ and ‘Get Programming With Haskell’. Currently the lead Data Scientist for the pricing and recommendations team at Hopper, he also blogs about stats and probability at countbayesie.com.

In this episode, he’ll tell us how a Boston librarian can become a Data Scientist and work with Bayesian models everyday. He’ll also explain the value of Bayesian inference from a philosophical standpoint, why it’s useful in the travel industry and how his latest book came into life.

Finally, Will is also a big fan of the “mind projection fallacy”, an informal fallacy first described by physicist and Bayesian philosopher Edwin Thompson Jaynes. Does that intrigue you? Well, stay tuned, he’ll tell us more in the episode…

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com/ !

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Learning Bayesian Statistics
A podcast on Bayesian inference - the methods, the projects and the people who make it possible!

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Alexandre ANDORRA

Hi! I'm your host, Alex Andorra. By day, I'm a Bayesian modeler at the PyMC Labs consultancy. By night, I don't (yet) fight crime, but I'm an open-source enthusiast and core contributor to the awesome Python packages PyMC and ArviZ.

An always-learning statistician, I love building models and studying elections and human behavior. I also love Nutella a bit too much, but I don't like talking about it – I prefer eating it.

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