Talk:Thomas Bayes

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Surely his nationality is English. Wikipedia seems to have a policy whereby Scots, Welsh, Irish etc all have their own national identities (even if they lived most of their life overseas) whereas the English get lumped under the term "British". If he had been born in Scotland or Wales (or one of his parents had) he would be down as Scottish or Welsh and never British. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kinigi (talkcontribs) 08:30, 31 March 2010 (UTC)



Britannica gives date of death as 17th April 1761 (Gregorian calendar assumed). Any views on this?

  • I'm inclined to consider the Britannica date at least as reliable or more so than the one cited in the article. Feel free to adjust the date to 17th April. Wile E. Heresiarch 02:42, 18 Apr 2004 (UTC)


The location of Bayes' death is stated as Tunbridge Wells in the summarising box on the right, but is stated as Tunbridge in the main body. As far as I am aware, the location Tunbridge does not exist, and should be changed to Tunbridge Wells (or perhaps Tonbridge - a neighbouring town). If Tunbridge means Tonbridge (using the historic spelling) then the summarising box should be corrected (and perhaps Tunbridge should be clarified).

Broken Link[edit]

The external link about new manuscripts is broken. -- 01:52, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)


Someone should contact Steven Stigler at the University of Chicago about that image of Thomas Bayes. I took a class with him several years ago and he mentioned that he was the one who found that image and wasn't 100% sure it truly was a picture of him. Dr. Mandrake.

See Who is this gentleman? When and where was he born? for discussion from the IMS Bulletin, Vol. 17 (1988), No. 3, pp. 276-278. -- Jheald (talk) 09:26, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Modern Applications[edit]

I have removed this section, which if it belongs anywhere, belongs in the article on Bayesian statistics, not here. EdwardLockhart 09:49, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

How was/is the name Bayes pronounced?[edit]

I've often seen the question raised in online discussions, and never saw a good answer (nor do I know it myself). A pronunciation footnote would be quite useful on this page.

His surname, according to dictionaries, is pronounced same as the word "base". I added an IPA pronounciation after his name at the beginning of the article. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Cheers --B. Jankuloski (talk) 06:37, 29 August 2009 (UTC)
Not quite the same: Bayes is pronounced /beɪz/ while base is pronounced /beɪs/ --Rumping (talk) 01:26, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Am I correct in assuming then that Bayesian should be pronounced Bay-Sea-An as opposed to sounding like B-Asian? Meekohi (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 14:55, 20 August 2010 (UTC).
Professor Dale Poirier, who William H. Greene cites as the prototypical Bayesian, pronounces Bayes as /beɪz/ and Bayesian as /beɪzɪən/. agrees. Frank MacCrory (talk) 02:39, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

game theory[edit]

There should be something linking to Harsanyi's Game Theory application of Bayes rule in Bayesian Equilibria


Why is he listed as an American Presbyterian?

"Bayes was a past master at code breaking.. probably"[edit]

Article relating to a celebration of his 250th death anniversary at his alma mater: Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 07:41, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

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Alleged portrait[edit]

The book "The Theory that Would Not Die" by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne says that the image is definitely not a portrait of Bayes: The caption in the original source is "Rev. T .Bayes, Improver of the Columnar Method developed by Barrett", but Barrett didn't develop his method until 1810, and the hairstyle is also anachronistic for the 18th century... AnonMoos (talk) 21:03, 10 March 2018 (UTC)