The real question is, should the “outsider to statistics” try to study (Bayesian) statistics without the proper math and probability background? My answer, as you may guess, is no. Bayesian Core may appear too hard to outsiders, but it constitutes in my opinion the core of what one should know about Bayesian statistics… And the prerequisites also are the core of what one should know to go beyond the statistical-software-user level.

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]]>2.13.1 is current. Dev is 2.14. Enormous changes all over the place, not least of which is a graphics device based on Cairo which can generate vastly more elegant plots (cf. ggplot2 alpha blending, for example).

The latter is not a trivial point, as ggplot2 seems to be fast becoming a standard for snappy figures. Might be worthwhile to revisit some plots in light of its deceptively simple power.

Looking forward to the updated edition.

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