Nested sampling for physical scientists

Ashton, Greg and Bernstein, Noam and Buchner, Johannes and Chen, Xi and Csányi, Gábor and Fowlie, Andrew and Feroz, Farhan and Griffiths, Matthew and Handley, Will and Habeck, Michael and Higson, Edward and Hobson, Michael and Lasenby, Anthony and Parkinson, David and Pártay, Livia B. and Pitkin, Matthew and Schneider, Doris and Speagle, Joshua S. and South, Leah and Veitch, John and Wacker, Philipp and Wales, David J. and Yallup, David (2022) Nested sampling for physical scientists. Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 2 (1): 39. ISSN 2662-8449

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This Primer examines Skilling’s nested sampling algorithm for Bayesian inference and, more broadly, multidimensional integration. The principles of nested sampling are summarized and recent developments using efficient nested sampling algorithms in high dimensions surveyed, including methods for sampling from the constrained prior. Different ways of applying nested sampling are outlined, with detailed examples from three scientific fields: cosmology, gravitational-wave astronomy and materials science. Finally, the Primer includes recommendations for best practices and a discussion of potential limitations and optimizations of nested sampling.

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