Lege Artis Medicinae

[Bayesian statistical methods in medicine]

MOLNÁR D. László1

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(01-02)

[Frequentist statistical methods are wide-spread and their use is easy due to the many statistical softwares and books available for the researchers. Despite the growing interest in Bayesian statistical methods teaching statistics is still mainly based on the frequentist theory. Frequentist statistics is based on the definition of probability as a relative frequency, while the Bayesian probability is a quantity that represents a state of knowledge or belief. Bayesian statistics is, in essence, a learning process. In certain situations the bayesian methods are the only possibility for data analysis. Bayesian statistical methods can be applied well in health data analysis. Every re- searcher is, to a certain extent, a Bayesian. The article discusses the application of Bayesian statistical methods in medicine. ]

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