I list and discuss the three books on Bayesian analysis that I recommend to social scientists.

I list and discuss the three books on Bayesian analysis that I recommend to social scientists.

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

The French agronomy research institute INRA is organising a Fall school in La Rochelle, Nov. 28 – Dec. 02, on Bayesian methods, oriented towards the applications in food sciences, environmental sciences, and biology. The provisional program (in French) is ■ Initiation aux outils informatiques R et WinBUGS (TP et réalisation de projets sur ordinateur) ■

I have an entry here about how to install JAGS and rjags in Fedora. However, I have exchanged emails with Robert Dorazio and Dr. Martyn Plummer. Here are the easier steps to compile JAGS and install rjags in R. 1. After you extract the source code...

Christopher has the RPMs (for Fedora users) for JAGS, coda, and rjags on his blog. The specific blog entry is here: http://cddesjardins.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/jags-package-for-fedora-13-64-bit/ If you have trouble installing JAGS or rjags in Fedora,...

Do not resort to Monte Carlo methods unnecessarily. When I received this 2009 Springer-Verlag book, Computational Statistics, by James Gentle a while ago, I briefly took a look at the table of contents and decided to have a better look later… Now that I have gone through the whole book, I can write a short

Glancing perchance at the back of my Amstat News, I was intrigued by the SAS advertisement Bayesian Methods Specify Bayesian analysis for ANOVA, logistic regression, Poisson regression, accelerated failure time models and Cox regression through the GENMOD, LIFEREG and PHREG procedures. Analyze a wider variety of models with the MCMC procedure, a general purpose Bayesian

In our department and various places on the Intertubes, SAS programmers set the HTML title tag (which sets the title in web browsers and on search engines) in ODS using the headtext option: ods html headtext="<title>My great report</title>" /* wrong! */ file="foo.html"; This may work in some situations, but it’s ugly and wrong. To see