Accession Number : ADA141389

Title :   A Method for Constructing a Unimodal Inferential or Prior Distribution.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN CENTER FOR CYBERNETIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Brockett,P ; Charnes,A ; Paick,K

PDF Url : ADA141389

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : This paper shows how to take personally assessed information and use it to develop a continuous unimodal prior density function, perhaps for subsequent Bayesian analysis. The method is completely nonparametric and uses only the furnished information and no other. The technique is easily computerized, and yields a closed analytical formula for the prior. The resulting distribution may be considered to be an inferential distribution. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Nonparametric statistics, *Information theory, *Normal density functions, Distribution functions, Estimates, Entropy, Bayes theorem, Computer programs

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE