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What are Bayesian Methods? - OPRE in 60 Seconds

February 11, 2019
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Bayesian methods allow researchers to describe findings in probabilistic terms. They also allow for incorporating prior knowledge and considering uncertainty in parameters.

Bayesian methods may also help with transparency in analyses because the model-building process requires pre-specified decisions.

OPRE has been actively learning about Bayesian methods and how these methods can be useful to our work.

To learn more, watch this video with our Kriti Jain, the latest installment in the OPRE in 60 Seconds series.

Last Reviewed: July 22, 2019