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The perks (and quirks) of being a referee

November 25, 2012
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The other day I was talking to a friend at work, who was rather annoyed that one of his papers had been rejected by a journal, given the negative comments of the reviewers. This is, of course, part of the game, so you don't really get annoyed just because a paper get rejected. From what I hear, though, I...

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You can’t play a broken link

November 12, 2012
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You can’t play a broken link

Just like James Morrison and Nelly Furtado say, you really can't play a broken string. And quite similarly, you just can't use a broken link.I always find it very annoying when, while browsing a website, I find a broken link. You fall victim to the pro...

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Gotcha!

November 7, 2012
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Gotcha!

I should start this with a disclaimer, ie that I'm not really claiming any "success" with this post. But I find it quite interesting that the estimations I produced with this very, very simple model turned out to be quite good.The idea was to use the e...

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More football

October 29, 2012
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Given that Sampdoria have lost their fourth game in a row, I am not really interested in football any more (as of yesterday, I actually find it a very boring game and think we should focus on real sports $-$ of course if we manage to break the cra...

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Bayes for President!

October 23, 2012
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Bayes for President!

I couldn't resist getting sucked into the hype associated with the US election and debates, and so I thought I had a little fun of my own and played around a bit with the numbers. [OK: you may disagree with the definition of "fun" $-$ but then again, i...

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Laplace’s liberation army

October 8, 2012
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Laplace’s liberation army

Great as it is, Google does not always give the "best", or "right" (ie "most appropriate") results on a given search. For example, if you google "jags" (using google.co.uk), the first results are a girls' independent school and a sports club. The real JAGS (OK: real in a geeky, nerdy, statistical sense) only comes...

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Ordinal football

October 1, 2012
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Ordinal football

I've had a quick look at this article on R-bloggers $-$ I don't think I've followed the whole exchange, but I believe they have discussed what models should/could be applied to estimate football scores (specifically, in this case they are using the Dut...

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INLA functions (yet again)

September 17, 2012
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This links back to previous posts here and here. Earlier today, I had a quick chat with Michela (by email, actually) on this topic. In particular, she was trying to use the function I've written to compute summaries from the posterior distrib...

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BCEA examples

September 13, 2012
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I've prepared a document (which I've put on the website here, together with some scripts at this page) which I think is helpful, if you're trying to work out BCEA. I have never really thought of this, but I believe that when you write an acad...

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INLA functions (continued)

September 10, 2012
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INLA functions (continued)

I have polished up one of the two functions I've thought of implementing for INLA and it's now available in the development version of the R package. So if you've got INLA installed in your R version (see how you can do it here, if you don't), you...

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