# Blog Archives

## delayed in Seattle

August 8, 2015
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Here are the slides of my talk on delayed acceptance I present this afternoon at JSM 2015, in Seattle, in the Bayesian Computation I (2pm, room CC-4C1) and II (4pm, room CC-3A) sessions Omiros Papaspiliopoulos and myself put together (sponsored by IMS and ISBA):Filed under: Books, R, Statistics, Travel, University life Tagged: American Statistical Association,

## Moment conditions and Bayesian nonparametrics

August 5, 2015
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Luke Bornn, Neil Shephard, and Reza Solgi (all from Harvard) have arXived a pretty interesting paper on simulating targets on a zero measure set. Although it is not initially presented this way, but rather in non-parametric terms as moment conditions where θ is the parameter of the sampling distribution, constrained by the value of β. (Which

## Egyptian fractions [Le Monde puzzle #922]

July 27, 2015
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For its summer edition, Le Monde mathematical puzzle switched to a lighter version with immediate solution. This #922 considers Egyptian fractions which only have distinct denominators (meaning the numerator is always 1) and can be summed. This means 3/4 is represented as ½+¼. Each denominator only appears once. As I discovered when looking on line,

## Le Monde puzzle [#920]

July 22, 2015
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A puzzling Le Monde mathematical puzzle (or blame the heat wave): A pocket calculator with ten keys (0,1,…,9) starts with a random digit n between 0 and 9. A number on the screen can then be modified into another number by two rules: 1. pressing k changes the k-th digit v whenever it exists into

## MCMskv, Lenzerheide, 4-7 Jan., 2016 [news #1]

July 19, 2015
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The BayesComp MCMski V has now its official website, once again maintained by Merrill Lietchy from Drexel University, Philadelphia, and registration is even open! The call for contributed sessions is now over, while the call for posters remains open until the very end. The novelty from the previous post is that there

## Leave the Pima Indians alone!

July 14, 2015
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“…our findings shall lead to us be critical of certain current practices. Specifically, most papers seem content with comparing some new algorithm with Gibbs sampling, on a few small datasets, such as the well-known Pima Indians diabetes dataset (8 covariates). But we shall see that, for such datasets, approaches that are even more basic than

## R brut

July 2, 2015
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Filed under: Kids, pictures, R, Statistics, University life Tagged: cex, pch, plot, R

## Introduction to Monte Carlo methods with R and Bayesian Essentials with R

June 26, 2015
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Here are the  download figures for my e-book with George as sent to me last week by my publisher Springer-Verlag.  With an interesting surge in the past year. Maybe simply due to new selling strategies of the published rather to a wider interest in the book. (My royalties have certainly not increased!) Anyway thanks to

## arXiv frenzy

June 23, 2015
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In the few past days, there has been so many arXiv postings of interest—presumably the NIPS submission effect!—that I cannot hope to cover them in the coming weeks! Hopefully, some will still come out on the ‘Og in a near future: arXiv:1506.06629: Scalable Approximations of Marginal Posteriors in Variable Selection by Willem van den Boom,

## dynamic mixtures [at NBBC15]

June 17, 2015
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A funny coincidence: as I was sitting next to Arnoldo Frigessi at the NBBC15 conference, I came upon a new question on Cross Validated about a dynamic mixture model he had developed in 2002 with Olga Haug and Håvård Rue . The dynamic mixture model they proposed replaces