My hero is the Bayesian Statistics Avenger. And every hero needs a sidekick. Or three. The Avenger is more Socrates than Hulk, and less saving from an enemy, and more protection from wandering without context. The three minions each see data from a different perspective. Dr Yes is the optimist, singing the praises of the research. You’d think Dr Yes was a publicist for the researchers. Dr No is the pessimist, with a keen eye for spotting weakness and vulnerability. You’d think Dr No was a contrarian gladiator hired by competitors. Dr Go is the moderate soothsayer who wants everyone to just get along, offering concrete advice on how to bridge the gaps between Dr Yes and Dr No.
You may find that you gravitate toward one of these minions, or that you have some of each of them within you. Hopefully glancing at all three meets the goal: context. We’ll start with some of my own work, to kick off this series of entries… enjoy!
Contributed by Dr Matt Bianchi.