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Bayes' theorem in palaeopathological diagnosis.

Byers, S. and Roberts, C. A. (2003) 'Bayes' theorem in palaeopathological diagnosis.', American journal of physical anthropology., 121 (1). pp. 1-9.


The utility of Bayes' theorem in paleopathological diagnoses is explored. Since this theorem has been used heavily by modern clinical medicine, its usefulness in that field is described first. Next, the mechanics of the theorem are discussed, along with methods for deriving the prior probabilities needed for its application. Following this, the sources of these prior probabilities and their accompanying problems in paleopathology are considered. Finally, an application using prehistoric rib lesions is presented to demonstrate the utility of this method to paleopathology.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Paleopathology, Bayes' theorem, Diagnosis.
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