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Attendance in parliament (in Italy)

September 16, 2013
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Attendance in parliament (in Italy)

Earlier today, I found some interesting data on Italian MPs voting records in the current parliament (which was opened last April). The data are available for both Houses (the Italian system has a lower house, called Camera $-$ effectively the same as the House of Commons in the UK $-$ and an upper house, the Senate). The...

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BCEA in UseR!

September 13, 2013
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BCEA in UseR!

In a recent post, I had hinted at big news for BCEA $-$ I thought it was pretty much a done deal, but because it wasn't yet set in stone, I didn't want to jinx it...But now I've sorted all the details with Springer, who have asked me to write a book on the...

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BCEA 2.0

July 28, 2013
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BCEA 2.0

I know that updating a package too often is not quite good practice, so, given we've released BCEA 1.3-1 just about a month ago, this is way too soon to move forward. But between the last release and now, I've been doing some reading and have made some...

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BCEs0

July 20, 2013
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BCEs0 is the new R package I've written $-$ well, nearly finished to, anyway; it should be ready in version 1.0 in the next few days. The acronym stands for Bayesian models for Cost-Effectiveness with structural 0s, and it basically implements the mode...

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Zero to hero

July 13, 2013
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Zero to hero

Recently, I've been working on a paper, which I think is coming along nicely. The basic problem is like this: in a health economic evaluation, sometimes data are collected on a sample of individuals. Say, for example, that $n_0$ subjects are given a st...

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Plan B

July 3, 2013
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Plan B

Thank goodness, I think that even if this statistician business turns out badly, I can still make a living with rafting (if only by begging for money, in exchange for looking ridiculous in the swim suit)... As part as my brother's stag do, we went...

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BCEA 1.3.0

June 18, 2013
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BCEA 1.3.0

After months of work (although to be fair, we haven't worked 100% full time on this), Andrea and I are nearly ready to publish the next release of BCEA. Andrea has done a brilliant job and is responsible for most of the good new features (NB: see ...

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Big in Japan

June 13, 2013
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Big in Japan

Inspired by this post on R-bloggers, I decided to check how BCEA was doing. Unfortunately, it does not feature in the top 100 most downloaded R packages. However, I think it's doing well $-$ considering the book (which is the main medium of advertising of the package) has...

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Running time

June 10, 2013
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Running time

Marta and I are doing some re-analysis of our Eurovision contest (some context here and here). We have slightly modified our original model (mostly, I have navigated the mess in Marta's notation $-$ it's OK: I'm not at risk of her mighty wrath, as I've...

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UseR 2013

June 4, 2013
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UseR 2013

Although the programme is quite interesting, I am not really involved in this conference (in fact I'm not even going $-$ even though, sometimes, I think it would be nice to spend the whole summer away at conferences!).But Vir has just put this pic...

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