prior probability

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prior probability

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(Statistics) statistics the probability assigned to a parameter or to an event in advance of any empirical evidence, often subjectively or on the assumption of the principle of indifference. Compare posterior probability
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Liability for lost wages and other damages for improper prior salary questions to the employees affected and subject to civil penalties of up to $125,000.
He covers the basics of the elements of Bayesian inference, posterior simulation, linear models, modeling with latent variables, modeling for time series and Bayesian investigation, and includes such topics in inference as hierarchical priors and latent variables, improper prior distributions, prior robustness and the density ratio class, asymptotic analysis, and the likelihood principle.