He had this look in his eye.
He knew the answer.
He was certain.
He drew up, paused, and slowly readied himself for the assault — chalk in hand, poised to hit the board.
He glared at the audience and said: “Bayes”
He had just demolished in his own mind, the enemy.
That hack of a job, not theoretically grounded — that gibberish of ad-hoc computation used by MYCIN and PROSPECTOR. Crazy! Silly!Why did they use such sloppy kludges! He had the better solution. “Bayes” — Bayesian theory could answer it all.
Bayesian this, Bayesian that, he rammed his argument into his audience, flittering for one mathematical equation to another — from one argument to another, with a real vehemence. He prowled back and forth, for the entire talk. Bayes formula. Bayesian. Vanquishing all opponents, real or imagined, once and for all. In the…
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