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Thomas Bayes

For a good overview of Thomas Bayes see the Wikipedia article on Bayes.

His main paper is "An essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances".

He is celebrated, not because he invented what is now known as Bayes rule (which was probably invented in its current generality by Pierre-SimonLaplace?), but because he had the idea of using probability to give the distribution over a parameter. This is the trick that makes BayesianStatistics? work.
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