## Reference analysis (2005)

Venue: | In Handbook of Statistics 25 |

Citations: | 13 - 2 self |

### BibTeX

@INPROCEEDINGS{Bernardo05referenceanalysis,

author = {José M. Bernardo},

title = {Reference analysis},

booktitle = {In Handbook of Statistics 25},

year = {2005},

publisher = {Elsevier}

}

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### Abstract

This chapter describes reference analysis, a method to produce Bayesian inferential statements which only depend on the assumed model and the available data. Statistical information theory is used to define the reference prior function as a mathematical description of that situation where data would best dominate prior knowledge about the quantity of interest. Reference priors are not descriptions of personal beliefs; they are proposed as formal consensus prior functions to be used as standards for scientific communication. Reference posteriors are obtained by formal use of Bayes theorem with a reference prior. Reference prediction is achieved by integration with a reference posterior. Reference decisions are derived by minimizing a reference posterior expected loss. An information theory based loss function, the intrinsic discrepancy, may be used to derive reference procedures for conventional inference problems in scientific investigation, such as point estimation, region estimation and hypothesis testing.