Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach, Third Edition

Jeff Gill

December 11, 2014 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 724 Pages - 56 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439862483 - CAT# K12896
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences


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  • Discusses the advances in Bayesian stochastic simulation, including Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and model implementation
  • Provides a detailed introduction to the essential software for running Bayesian hierarchical regression models
  • Contains numerous examples of social science applications that illustrate key principles
  • Includes updated exercises that emphasize recent developments in Bayesian inference and Bayesian computing
  • Offers the datasets, code, and answers to odd-numbered exercises on the author’s website


An Update of the Most Popular Graduate-Level Introductions to Bayesian Statistics for Social Scientists

Now that Bayesian modeling has become standard, MCMC is well understood and trusted, and computing power continues to increase, Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach, Third Edition focuses more on implementation details of the procedures and less on justifying procedures. The expanded examples reflect this updated approach.

New to the Third Edition

  • A chapter on Bayesian decision theory, covering Bayesian and frequentist decision theory as well as the connection of empirical Bayes with James–Stein estimation
  • A chapter on the practical implementation of MCMC methods using the BUGS software
  • Greatly expanded chapter on hierarchical models that shows how this area is well suited to the Bayesian paradigm
  • Many new applications from a variety of social science disciplines
  • Double the number of exercises, with 20 now in each chapter
  • Updated BaM package in R, including new datasets, code, and procedures for calling BUGS packages from R

This bestselling, highly praised text continues to be suitable for a range of courses, including an introductory course or a computing-centered course. It shows students in the social and behavioral sciences how to use Bayesian methods in practice, preparing them for sophisticated, real-world work in the field.