# Questions tagged [uninformative-prior]

A prior that express lack of detailed information or lack of any information at all.

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### What is the point of using an uninformative prior distribution? [duplicate]

If I am completely unknowing as to the true value of $\theta$ in some parameter space $\Theta$, why would I use a flat prior distribution when all the information about $\theta$ will be in my sample? ...
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### Jeffreys prior vs. Flat prior on $(\beta,\log\sigma^2)$

I'm reading Bayesian Core, and the authors state that a Jeffreys prior $\pi(\beta,\sigma^2|X)\propto\frac{1}{\sigma^2}$ corresponds to a flat prior on $(\beta,\log\sigma^2)$. Why is this so?
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### Can an improper prior distribution be informative?

I have just worked through an example where, with an improper prior, the bayesian estimator equals the maximum likelihood estimator, leading me to believe that improper priors are uninformative. But ...
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### Maximum entropy prior for dichotomous variables [closed]

I have a set of dichotomous variables $A, B, C,$... and I know their probabilities $P(A), P(B), P(C),$... as well es their pairwise dependencies $P(A \cap B), P(A \cap C), P(B \cap C),$... . Or in ...
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### Justification for specifying the parameters of prior mean distribution in stochastic volatility

In a paper about the stochastic volatility, the author justifies his choice of prior distribution parameters $\pi(\mu) \sim \mathcal{N}(b_\mu,B_\mu) = \mathcal{N}(-9,0)$ of the level $\mu$ as follows: ...
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### Prior distribution importance in Bayesian inference

I am performing a Bayesian multivariate regression, and therefore I have to construct the prior and the subsequent posterior. But the paper that I am using as a reference, uses a "Uninformative prior"...
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### Understanding my posterior with an uninformative prior with a poisson likelihood. Am I thinking about this correctly?

I have a problem to which I am trying to apply a Bayesian model. My data is generated as follows \begin{align} N_i \mid \mu &\sim \text{Poisson}(\mu) \\ Y_i \mid N_i, \theta_i &\sim \text{...
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### Why is Inverted Gamma (3,0.0005) a diffuse prior when variance of this random variable is small?

A few times I came across the statement that an Inverted Gamma (3, 0.0005) prior for the variance is quite diffuse but proper. Hence, my understanding is that the prior variance of this random ...
Suppose that I am working with an integer-valued variable $x$ and that all I know about my sample is as follows: Mean $\bar{x}$: 4.5 Sample size $n$: 100 I can safely assume that the underlying model ...
Be $y_1,y_2,..y_2$ a simple random sampling from $p(y|\theta)$. Be $\theta$ a parameter with a given prior distribution $p(\theta)$. A way to understand how much informative is $p(\theta)$ is to plot ...