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mean of an absolute Student’s t

November 30, 2011
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mean of an absolute Student’s t

Having (rather foolishly) involved myself into providing an answer for Cross Validated: “Can the standard deviation of non-negative data exceed the mean?“, I ended up having to derive the mean of the absolute value of a Student’s variate X.  (Well, not really, but then I did.) I think the following is correct: where is the

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bounded normal mean

November 24, 2011
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bounded normal mean

A few days ago, one of my students, Jacopo Primavera (from La Sapienza, Roma) presented his “reading the classic” paper, namely the terrific bounded normal mean paper by my friends George Casella and Bill Strawderman (1981, Annals of Statistics). Even though I knew this paper quite well, having read (and studied) it myself many times,

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Andrew gone NUTS!

November 23, 2011
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Andrew gone NUTS!

Matthew Hoffman and Andrew Gelman have posted a paper on arXiv entitled “The No-U-Turn Sampler: Adaptively Setting Path Lengths in Hamiltonian Monte Carlo” and developing an improvement on the Hamiltonian Monte Carlo algorithm called NUTS (!). Here is the abstract: Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (HMC) is a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm that avoids the

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art brut

November 12, 2011
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art brut

Filed under: pictures, R Tagged: Le Monde, mathematical puzzle, R

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ABC on wordpress

November 7, 2011
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ABC on wordpress

Erkan Buzbas sent me an email about his webpage (operated as a wordpress blog) on ABC. It contains different items of information on ABC research and an hopefully growing list of references. After Scott Sisson’s tweet on ABC_research (latest news: two ABC sessions in ISBA 20122, Kyoto),  here comes another way to keep posted about

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Bayesian modeling using WinBUGS

November 6, 2011
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Bayesian modeling using WinBUGS

Yes, yet another Bayesian textbook: Ioannis Ntzoufras’ Bayesian modeling using WinBUGS was published in 2009 and it got an honourable mention at the 2009 PROSE Award. (Nice acronym for a book award! All the mathematics books awarded that year were actually statistics books.) Bayesian modeling using WinBUGS is rather similar to the more recent Bayesian

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Selecting statistics for ABC model choice [R code]

November 1, 2011
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Selecting statistics for ABC model choice [R code]

As supplementary material to the ABC paper we just arXived, here is the R code I used to produce the Bayes factor comparisons between summary statistics in the normal versus Laplace example. (Warning: running the R code takes a while!) Filed under: R, Statistics, University life Tagged: ABC, Bayesian model choice, Laplace distribution, R, summary

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Bayesian ideas and data analysis

October 30, 2011
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Bayesian ideas and data analysis

Here is another Bayesian textbook that appeared recently. I read it in the past few days and, despite my obvious biases and prejudices, I liked it very much! It has a lot in common (at least in spirit) with our Bayesian Core, which may explain why I feel so benevolent towards Bayesian ideas and

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Dennis Ritchie 1941-2011

October 28, 2011
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Dennis Ritchie 1941-2011

I just got the “news” that Dennis Ritchie died, although this happened on October 12… The announcement was surprisingly missing from my information channels and certainly got little media coverage, compared with Steve Jobs‘ demise. (I did miss the obituaries in the New York Times and in the Guardian. The Economist has the most appropriate

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Catching up faster by switching sooner

October 25, 2011
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Catching up faster by switching sooner

Here is our discussion (with Nicolas Chopin) of the Read Paper of last Wednesday by T. van Erven, P. Grünwald and S. de Rooij (Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam), entitled Catching up faster by switching sooner: a predictive approach to adaptive estimation with an application to the Akaike information criterion–Bayesian information criterion dilemma. It

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