The likelihood of various stock market return distributions, Part 2: Empirical results

Harry M. Markowitz, Nilufer Usmen

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The present article shows how Bayesians should shift beliefs among a family of models concerning the probability distribution of daily changes in the Standard & Poor 500 Index, given a particular sample. The preceding article in this issue showed that classical (R.A. Fisher, Neyman-Pearson) inference can be highly misleading for Bayesians, as can the assumption of a diffuse prior. The present article discusses how to bound Bayesian shifts in belief for compound hypotheses generally, as well as the specific shifts in beliefs among simple and compound hypotheses implied by the particular sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-247
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Risk and Uncertainty
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996



  • Bayesian inference
  • Remote clients
  • Stock market returns

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