Anglican is an open source, compiled probabilistic programming language integrated with Clojure, a general purpose functional programming language that just-in-time compiles to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

To get started right away, follow the installation and getting started guide.

Anglican and Clojure share a common syntax, and can be invoked from each other. This allows Anglican programs to make use of a rich set of libraries written in both Clojure and Java. Conversely Anglican allows intuitive and compact specification of models for which inference may be performed as part of a larger Clojure project.

In Anglican, distributions are first class and user-definable. Matrix primitives and multidimensional distributions are natively supported. A novel query syntax is introduced that combines ideas from both Church and Venture in a way that allows composition of models and inference at query boundaries. Stateful random procedures are user-definable too.


Core contributors, in order of joining:

as well as many others, in alphabetical order:


Anglican is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

You should receive a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Anglican. If not, see


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