Who has not heard that Bayesian statistics are difficult, computationally slow, cannot scale-up to big data, the results are subjective; and we don't need it at all? Do we really need to learn a lot of math and a lot of classical statistics first before approaching Bayesian techniques. Why do the most popular books about Bayesian statistics have over 500 pages? Bayesian nightmare is real or myth? Someone once compared Bayesian approach to the kitchen of a Michelin star chef with high-quality chef knife, a stockpot and an expensive sautee pan; while Frequentism is like your ordinary kitchen, with banana slicers and pasta pots. People talk about Bayesianism and Frequentism as if they were two different religions. Does Bayes really put more burden on the data scientist to use her brain at the outset because Bayesianism is a religion for the brightest of the brightest?

Beed, Romit S, Sarkar, Sunita, Roy, Arindam, Bhattacharya, Durba

The weighted sum method is a simple and widely used technique that scalarizes multiple conflicting objectives into a single objective function. It suffers from the problem of determining the appropriate weights corresponding to the objectives. This paper proposes a novel Hierarchical Bayesian model based on Multinomial distribution and Dirichlet prior to refine the weights for solving such multi-objective route optimization problems. The model and methodologies revolve around data obtained from a small scale pilot survey. The method aims at improving the existing methods of weight determination in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems as data driven choice of weights through appropriate probabilistic modelling ensures, on an average, much reliable results than non-probabilistic techniques. Application of this model and methodologies to simulated as well as real data sets revealed quite encouraging performances with respect to stabilizing the estimates of weights.

So you know the Bayes rule. How does it relate to machine learning? It can be quite difficult to grasp how the puzzle pieces fit together - we know it took us a while. This article is an introduction we wish we had back then. While we have some grasp on the matter, we're not experts, so the following might contain inaccuracies or even outright errors.