Choosing Beta Priors Interactively

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Choosing Beta prior distributions can be difficult when using the default parameterisation because the shape parameters are difficult to interpret. To get around this, I’ve written a simple rshiny app for teaching purposes, where the user can play with sliders to change the mean and spread of a Beta distribution and visualise the shape at the same time. Of course, the app translates the mean and spread back to alpha and beta parameters so that once a good prior has been found, it can be implemented in R.

https://alastairrushworth.shinyapps.io/beta_prior_picker/

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