Bayesian Reasoning for Intelligence Analysis

A Tarqeq training module

One of the earliest quantitative tools adopted by Western intelligence services to arrive at better estimates of scenarios materializing based on a stream of evidence is Bayes’ theorem, sometimes also known as the inverse probability method. In this module, we will provide a hands-on tutorial on Bayesian reasoning drawing from real-world cases. Along the way, we will conceptually introduce some basic notions of probability theory and the importance of updating beliefs while making inferences. We will conclude with detailed how-to instructions which can be followed by analysts working individually or in groups to arrive at much more accurate forecasts than those based on pure subjective judgement.

Topics Covered
  • Quantifying intelligence judgement
  • Probability, conditional probability, and subjective probability
  • The problem of evidence and priors
  • Bayes’ theorem through basic examples
  • Real-life illustrations and application methods

The module consists of three one-hour live lectures along with time for interactive exercises. It can be delivered in-person or virtually.

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