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Interesting, are you using bayesian methods?



Does "Bayesian methods" mean anything specific? Parts of the core algorithms were written before I joined, and they are very improvised in the dog-in-a-lab-coat way. I haven't analysed them to see how closely they follow Bayes theorem and how strictly they define conjugate probabilities etc. (we are also heavily using simple empirical distributions), but the general idea of updating priors with new evidence is what it builds on, yes. I have a hard time imagining doing things any other way and still getting quality results, but that is probably a reflection on my shortcomings rather than a technical fact.




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