Bayes' theorem

Bayes' theorem

Bayes Theorem provides a principled way for calculating a conditional probability.

In probability theory and statistics, Bayes's theorem (alternatively Bayes's law or Bayes's rule), named after Reverend Thomas Bayes, describes the probability of an event, based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event. For example, if the risk of developing health problems is known to increase with age, Bayes's theorem allows the risk to an individual of a known age to be assessed more accurately (by conditioning it on his age) than simply assuming that the individual is typical of the population as a whole.

One of the many applications of Bayes's theorem is Bayesian inference, a particular approach to statistical inference. When applied, the probabilities involved in Bayes's theorem may have different probability interpretations. With Bayesian probability interpretation, the theorem expresses how a degree of belief, expressed as a probability, should rationally change to account for the availability of related evidence. Bayesian inference is fundamental to Bayesian statistics.

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