Brexit: "Bayesian" statistics renamed "Laplacian" statistics
(This article was originally published at Doing Bayesian Data Analysis, and syndicated atStatsBlogs.)With the U.K. leaving the E.U., it's time for "Bayesian" to exit its titular role and be replaced by "Laplacian".
Various historians (e.g., Dale, 1999; McGrayne, 2011; as cited in DBDA2E) have argued that despite Bayes and Price having published the basic formula first, it was Laplace who did all the heavy lifting to develop the methods. Laplace was French, while Bayes and Price were English.
On the other hand, Bayes did attend the University of Edinburgh, and lived around London, so maybe he would have voted to stay!
This humorous implication of Brexit was suggested by a participant at a workshop I presented in St. Gallen, Switzerland, last week, after I briefly described the history above and showed the book photographed at Bayes' tomb and at Laplace's memorial. I have forgotten who it was that made the joke. If the originator of the joke is reading this, please put a comment below or send me an email!