Bayesian parameter estimation: Gaussian distribution

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Using the Bayesian framework, we can infer the mean parameter of a Gaussian distribution, the scale parameter, or both. Since Gaussians are widely used in probabilistic modeling, the computations that go into this are common motifs in Bayesian machine learning more generally.


This concept has the prerequisites:


  • Derive the conjugate priors for three cases:
    • unknown mean, but known variance
    • known mean, but unknown variance
    • unknown mean and unknown variance
  • Derive the posterior distribution and the posterior predictive distribution for each of these cases.

Core resources (read/watch one of the following)


Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms
A graudate-level textbook on machine learning and information theory.
Author: David MacKay


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