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Updating beliefs about variables given new information on how those variables relate


  • Bordley, Robert
  • Bier, Vicki


Bayesian techniques specify how to update beliefs about a variable given information on that variable or related variables. In many cases, statistical analyses also provide information about the relationship between variables, but the Borel Paradox prohibits many natural ways of updating beliefs conditioned on information about a relationship. This paper presents a method by which beliefs can be updated without violating the Borel Paradox under certain circumstances. We apply our approach to relationships specified by a statistical model (i.e., regression), and relationships described by statistical simulation.

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  • Bordley, Robert & Bier, Vicki, 2009. "Updating beliefs about variables given new information on how those variables relate," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 193(1), pages 184-194, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:193:y:2009:i:1:p:184-194

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    1. Robert L. Winkler, 1981. "Combining Probability Distributions from Dependent Information Sources," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 27(4), pages 479-488, April.
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