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Particle learning [rejoinder]

November 9, 2010
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Particle learning [rejoinder]

Following the posting on arXiv of the Statistical Science paper of Carvalho et al., and the publication by the same authors in Bayesian Analysis of Particle Learning for general mixtures I noticed on Hedibert Lopes’ website his rejoinder to the discussion of his Valencia 9 paper has been posted. Since the discussion involved several points

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Computational position in Texas

November 8, 2010
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Computational position in Texas

José Bernardo forwaded this announcement that sounds quite attractive (conditional upon living in a remote part of Texas!) Senior Faculty Position in Computational Statistics At Texas A&M University As part of a recognition of the increasing importance in the modeling and computational sciences, the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University is recruiting for a

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Le Monde puzzle [43]

November 7, 2010
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Le Monde puzzle [43]

Here is the puzzle in Le Monde I missed last week: Given a country with 6 airports and a local company with three destinations from each of the six airports, is it possible to find a circular trip with three intermediate stops from one of the airports? From all of the airports? One more airport

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ABC lectures [finale]

October 31, 2010
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ABC lectures [finale]

The latest version of my ABC slides is on slideshare. To conclude with a pun, I took advantage of the newspaper clipping generator once pointed out by Andrew. (Note that nothing written in the above should be taken seriously.) On the serious side, I managed to cover most of the 300 slides (!) over the

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Random generators for parallel processing

October 28, 2010
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Random generators for parallel processing

Given the growing interest in parallel processing through GPUs or multiple processors, there is a clear need for a proper use of (uniform) random number generators in this environment. We were discussing the issue yesterday with Jean-Michel Marin and briefly looked at a few solutions: given p parallel streams/threads/processors, starting each generator with a random

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Le Monde puzzle [42]

October 24, 2010
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Le Monde puzzle [42]

An interesting suduko-like puzzle for this week puzzle in Le Monde thi A 10×10 grid is filled by a random permutation of {0,…,99}. The 4 largest figures in each row are coloured in yellow and the 4 largest values in each column are coloured in red. What is the range of the number of yellow-and-red

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abc

October 21, 2010
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abc

Michael Blum and Olivier François, along with Katalin Csillery, just released an R package entitled abc. (I am surprised the name was not already registered!) Its aim is obviously to implement ABC approximations for Bayesian inference: Description The ’abc’ package provides various functions for parameter estimation and model selection in an ABC framework. Three main

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Coincidence in lotteries

October 19, 2010
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Coincidence in lotteries

Last weekend, my friend and coauthor Jean-Michel Marin was interviewed (as Jean-Claude Marin, sic!) by a national radio about the probability of the replication of a draw on the Israeli Lottery. Twice the same series of numbers appeared within a month. This lotery operates on a principle of 6/37 + 1/8: 6 numbers are drawn

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Adap’skiii program

October 19, 2010
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Adap’skiii program

We have just posted the (mostly definitive) program for Adap’skii, January 3-4, The Canyons, Utah. This is taking place just before and as a satellite of the larger MCMSki III conference, January 4-7, same location. The registration for the conference and for lodging is available through the  MCMCSki III registration page, Remember also that this

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Le Monde puzzle [41]

October 17, 2010
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Le Monde puzzle [41]

The current puzzle in Le Monde this week is again about prime numbers: The control key on a credit card is an integer η(a) associated with the card number a such that, if the card number is c=ab, its key η(c) satisfies η(c)=η(a)+η(b)-1. There is only one number with a key equal to 1 and

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