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Who Invented Naive Bayes?

1- Naive Bayes History

Naive Bayes algorithm was invented by Thomas Bayes and introduced in 1730s. Thomas Bayes didn’t live a very long life and his work was rigorously studied, curated, structured, corrected and even published by his friend Richard Price.

An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances” was published in 1763 by Price on behalf of Thomas Bayes which was the first publication including Bayes Theorem.

More than two centuries since its discovery, Bayes Theorem inspired and influenced many discussions, algorithms, research and technology in statistics field and pioneered probabilistic statistics.

2- Chronological publications of Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes only published two papers when he was alive and a third paper introducing Bayes Theorem was edited  and published by his friend Richard Price. You can see the dates and titles of these three papers below:

  • Thomas Bayes – Divine Benevolence, or an Attempt to Prove That the Principal End of the Divine Providence and Government is the Happiness of His Creatures : 1731

  • Thomas Bayes – An Introduction to the Doctrine of Fluxions, and a Defence of the Mathematicians Against the Objections of the Author of The Analyst : 1736

  • Richard Price – An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances : 1763 : read here

3- Summary

In this brief article we have covered the history of Naive Bayes Theorem which Naive Bayes Machine Learning algorithm is based on.