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Le Monde puzzle [#5]

February 10, 2011
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Le Monde puzzle [#5]

Another Sudoku-like puzzle from the weekend edition of Le Monde. The object it starts with is a 9×9 table where each entry is an integer and where neighbours take adjacent values. (Neighbours are defined as north, west, south and east of an entry.) The question is about whether or not it is possible to find

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Model weights for model choice

February 9, 2011
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Model weights for model choice

An ‘Og reader. Emmanuel Charpentier, sent me the following email about model choice: I read with great interest your critique of Peter Congdon’s 2006 paper (CSDA, 50(2):346-357) proposing a method of estimation of posterior model probabilities based on improper distributions for parameters not present in the model inder examination, as well as a more general

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Merci taxi!

February 9, 2011
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Merci taxi!

I am in Montpellier today for a general meeting of our EMILE ANR grant bi-yearly meeting, discussing ABC model choice and new applications of simulation methods in population genetics, including an upgrade of DIYABC into the 2.0 version. (The above is a picture comparing “true” Bayes factors with ABC versions, commented in my Zürich talk

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Latent Gaussian Models im Zürich [day 2]

February 6, 2011
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Latent Gaussian Models im Zürich [day 2]

The second day at the Latent Gaussian Models workshop in Zürich was equally interesting. Among the morning talks, let me mention Daniel Bové who gave a talk connected with the hyper-g prior paper he wrote with Leo Held (commented in an earlier post) and the duo of Janine Illian and Daniel Simpson who gave enthusiastic

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Latent Gaussian Models in Zürich [day 1]

February 4, 2011
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Latent Gaussian Models in Zürich [day 1]

An interesting first day (for me) at the Latent Gaussian Models workshop in Zürich. The workshop is obviously centred at the INLA approach, with Havard Rue giving a short course on Wednesday then a wide ranging tour of the applications and extensions of INLA this afternoon. Thanks to his efforts in making the method completely

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Le Monde puzzle [#4]

February 4, 2011
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Le Monde puzzle [#4]

A fairly simple puzzle in this weekend Le Monde magazine: given five points on a line such that their pairwise distances are 1,2,4,…,14,18,20, find the respective positions of the five points over the line and deduce the missing distances. Without loss of generality, we can set the first point at 0 and the fifth point

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ABC model choice not to be trusted [3]

January 30, 2011
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ABC model choice not to be trusted [3]

On Friday, I received a nice but embarrassing email from Xavier Didelot. He indeed reminded me that I attended the talk he gave at the model choice workshop in Warwick last May, as, unfortunately but rather unsurprisingly giving my short span memory!, I had forgotten about it! Looking at the slides he joined to his

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R exam

January 30, 2011
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R exam

I spent most of my Saturday perusing R codes to check the answers written by my students to the R exam I gave two weeks ago… The outcome is mostly poor, even though some managed to solve a fair part of the long problem. Except for the few hopeless cases who visibly never wrote a

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ABC model choice not to be trusted [2]

January 27, 2011
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ABC model choice not to be trusted [2]

As we were completing our arXiv summary about ABC model choice, we were helpfully pointed to a recent CRiSM tech. report by X. Didelot, R. Everitt, A. Johansen and D. Lawson on  Likelihood-free estimation of model evidence. This paper is quite related to our study of the performances of the ABC approximation to the Bayes

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ABC model choice not to be trusted

January 26, 2011
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ABC model choice not to be trusted

This may sound like a paradoxical title given my recent production in this area of ABC approximations, especially after the disputes with Alan Templeton, but I have come to the conclusion that ABC approximations to the Bayes factor are not to be trusted. When working one afternoon in Park City with Jean-Michel and Natesh Pillai

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