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Bayesian Believer

Lyric copyright by Brad Carlin
may sing to the tune of "I'm a Believer" (Neil Diamond)

I thought inference was just a fairy tale,
Confused by stats and probability,
Frequentist approaches (doo-doot doo-doot)
made no sense to me (doo-doot doo-doot)
Summarizing evidence by p?!

Then I saw Tom Bayes: now I'm a believer,
Without a trace - of doubt in my mind,
[I'm a] Bayesian (ooooh) I'm a believer,
I couldn't p now if I tried!

I thought likelihood was just the only thing:
Turn the crank and get the M.L.E.
What's the use of thinking (doo-doot doo-doot)
Disconnect your brain (doo-doot doo-doot)
Play along and minimize the pain ...

Then I saw Tom Bayes: now I'm a believer,
Without a trace - of doubt in my mind,
[I'm a] Bayesian (ooooh) I'm a believer,
I couldn't p now if I tried!

SAS was out to get me (doo-doot doo-doot)
That's the way it seemed (doo-doot doo-doot)
Fixed effects and forced normality ...

Then I saw Tom Bayes: now I'm a believer,
Without a trace - of doubt in my mind,
[I'm a] Bayesian (ooooh) I'm a believer,
I couldn't p now if I tried!


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