# Learning Bayesian Statistics

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
Since I've joined Talk Stats, I have noticed Bayesian statistics come up a few times. I don't expect to take a class on it until I get to grad school in at least a couple of years, but I wouldn't mind getting some background on the subject in the mean time.

Does anyone have any book recommendations on Bayesian statistics? I'm talking about a good one you would buy because you want to keep it in your library. Also, any preference for ones dealing with Bayesian statistics using R? In addition, if you know of any scholarly articles that might give a good review (e.g., this one) or talk about important details for a student of the subject, I would love to see those recommendations, too.

#### interestednew

##### New Member
I havent started learning Bayesian yet either but think i will soon. Looking forward to seeing what recommendations are posted. @bryangoodrich you are going to kill it in grad school if you are already this interested in stats. props.

#### Dason

I could tell you what books (one by Hoff and one by Alberts) we used in my Bayesian methods course but I don't think it would help too much. They were alright but to tell you the truth I didn't really use them so I can't offer too much commentary on them. I mainly learned from the lecture notes of my "Advanced Statistical Methods" course and from my "Bayesian Methods" course.

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
I saw the latter one on Amazon when I was looking up R books this summer to check out. From what I've seen, the R books don't usually give a complete treatment of the theory. So, like your course, I think I would want to combine the R book with a good theory book. I'll see if I can get Hoff's from my library now ... and it looks like I can. I might put them off until Winter recess, though. I have an upcoming project that's going to require some hardcore ArcGIS training for the rest of my summer, on top of the math review for the next semester and possibly taking the math GRE if I feel bold.

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
I havent started learning Bayesian yet either but think i will soon. Looking forward to seeing what recommendations are posted. @bryangoodrich you are going to kill it in grad school if you are already this interested in stats. props.

#### Dason

Textbooks never tend to be cheap...

On the bright side for me - we have that in our department's reading room.

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
That's why I just "rent" books from the library (or inter-library loan program). I should take my friend's advice, though, and fancy myself some thrifty websites that might have e-copies I only buy books now if (1) I can get them cheap enough, and (2) They are worth having in my library for future reference and use. Now, if anyone wants to get me a copy of Casella and Berger Statistical Inference for my birthday, it would be much appreciated! haha

#### PsychResearcherRASIS

It's been a few years since I was in school... and the last year and a half of grad school I didn't buy a single book. I'm pretty anti-academia so it's been a while since I've even had to think about how much text books cost but some copies of this were over $200, I never had to contend with that! #### Dason ##### Ambassador to the humans Casella and Berger is good. I think I was able to get a copy for$40 which for a textbook isn't too bad...

I don't know of any pdf version floating around but I do have a set of solutions (which admittedly doesn't provide the best or whole solutions for many problems).

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
Casella and Berger is good. I think I was able to get a copy for $40 which for a textbook isn't too bad... I don't know of any pdf version floating around but I do have a set of solutions (which admittedly doesn't provide the best or whole solutions for many problems). The solutions in pdf format?? I'll take those! lol$40 is pretty **** good, because the latest edition is over $100 list (Amazon) price. I'm going to add it to my save list and keep an eye on the used copies. I'll only pay for it if it goes under$50. It is definitely one I want in my library.

#### Dason

I'd sell you mine but I don't think I've ever parted ways with a math/stats book. I LOVE THEM TOO MUCH.

#### bryangoodrich

##### Probably A Mammal
lol I've parted ways with some, but I would NOT part ways with that one!

#### spunky

##### Can't make spagetti
Now, if anyone wants to get me a copy of Casella and Berger Statistical Inference for my birthday, it would be much appreciated! haha
oh wow.. did we all learn with casella and berger!? i still keep mine in a cherished place right next to my videogame walkthroughs... i didn't know it was so popular, but i always considered to be a little jewel... what about buying it used? or roaming outside prof's offices? sometimes they just dump books in these boxes with a huge signs saying FREE BOOKS and all of us the scavengers of the department (aka grad students) swarm around and leave the box empty clean...