You are here

Applied Bayesian Statistics

Applied Bayesian Statistics

November 2022 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Bayesian statistical analyses have become increasingly common over the last two decades. The rapid increase in computing power that facilitated their implementation coincided with major changes in the research interests of, and data availability for, social scientists. Specifically, the last two decades have seen an increase in the availability of panel data sets, other hierarchically structured data sets including spatially organized data, along with interests in life course processes and the influence of context on individual behavior and outcomes. The Bayesian approach to statistics is well-suited for these types of data and research questions. Applied Bayesian Statistics is an introduction to these methods that is geared toward social scientists. Author Scott M. Lynch makes the material accessible by emphasizing application more than theory, explaining the math in a step-by-step fashion, and demonstrating the Bayesian approach in analyses of U.S. political trends drawing on data from the General Social Survey. A website to accompany the book at includes all the R programs from the book, along with the data set. 

1. Introduction
2. Probability Distributions and Review of Classical Analysis
3. The Bayesian Approach to Probability and Statistics
4. Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Sampling Methods
5. Implementing the Bayesian Approach in Realistic Applications
6. Conclusion


Student Study Site
A website to accompany the book at includes all the R programs from the book, along with the data set. 

A lucid exposition of the Bayesian approach to statistics, accessible to those new to this approach.

David Greenberg
New York University

The book's presentation of the logic of the Bayesian approach is one of the better illustrations that I've encountered. The level of mathematical precision used here is technical, but the layout makes it approachable.

Matthew Phillips
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

For instructors

Please select a format:

Select a Purchasing Option

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods' robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.