Posts Tagged ‘ University life ’

R midterms

November 9, 2012
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R midterms

Here are my R midterm exams, version A and version B in English (as students are sitting next to one another in the computer rooms), on simulation methods for my undergrad exploratory statistics course. Nothing particularly exciting or innovative! Dedicated ‘Og‘s readers may spot a few Le Monde puzzles in the lot… Two rather entertaining

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visit to ISU

October 30, 2012
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visit to ISU

  A short visit to ISU but and therefore a busy and proftable day! About ten appointments in Snedecor Hall after a nice morning run, a highly attended Zyskind Lecture, and many interesting discussions all over the day: e.g., I had a great time discussing using null recurrent Markov chains for integral approximations with Krishna

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R for dummies

October 19, 2012
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R for dummies

Just saw this nice review of R for dummies. And thought after this afternoon class that my students in the simulation course at Paris-Dauphine could clearly benefit from reading it! They in fact had a terrible time simulating a truncated normal distribution by accept-reject. As they could not get the notion of normalising constants… (Yes,

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slides for my simulation course

October 18, 2012
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slides for my simulation course

Similar to last year, I am giving a series of lectures on simulation jointly as a Master course in Paris-Dauphine and as a 3rd year course in ENSAE. The course borrows from both the books Monte Carlo Statistical Methods and from Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods with R, with George Casella. Here are the three

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MCMSki IV (call for proposals)

October 15, 2012
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MCMSki IV (call for proposals)

The next MCMSki IV conference will for the first time host contributed sessions as well as invited sessions. The scientific committee thus welcomes proposals for contributed talks and even more for contributed sessions. Contributed talks are scheduled to last 20 minutes, plus questions, and contributed sessions one hour and a half, including questions, which corresponds

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structure and uncertainty, Bristol, Sept. 26

September 26, 2012
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structure and uncertainty, Bristol, Sept. 26

Another day full of interesting and challenging—in the sense they generated new questions for me—talks at the SuSTain workshop. After another (dry and fast) run around the Downs; Leo Held started the talks with one of my favourite topics, namely the theory of g-priors in generalized linear models. He did bring a new perspective on

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Core [still] minus one…

September 22, 2012
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Core [still] minus one…

Another full day spent working with Jean-Michel Marin on the new edition of Bayesian Core (soon to be Bayesian Essentials with R!) and the remaining hierarchical Bayes chapter… I have reread and completed the regression and GLM chapters, sent to very friendly colleagues for a last round of comments. Now, I am essentially idle, waiting

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MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #1)

September 21, 2012
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MCMSki IV, Jan. 6-8, 2014, Chamonix (news #1)

As advertised on the ‘Og, the ISBA mailing list and now the birth certificate of BayesComp (!), MCMSki IV is taking place for sure in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, January 6-8 2014. The webpage has been started, thanks to Merrill Liechty, and should grow with informations about the location, the hotels, registration, transportation, and of course skiing (check

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ISBA towards higher computing goals [yet another new section!!!]

September 19, 2012
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ISBA towards higher computing goals [yet another new section!!!]

Surrounding the great and exciting gathering of Bayesian statisticians in Kyoto last June, several ISBA sections have appeared in the past weeks, as already mentioned on the ‘Og. Along with Anto Mira and Nicolas Chopin (who did most of the organisational work while I was wandering down under!), we discussed about a Bayesian computation section

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books for review (in CHANCE)

September 13, 2012
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books for review (in CHANCE)

Among the books I received for review in CHANCE, here are some neither I nor my “usual suspects” had enough time or interest in to review: R Graphics (second edition) by Paul Murrell Biostatistics: A computing approach by Stewart Anderson Advanced Bayesian methods for medical test accuracy by Lyle Broemeling Introduction to Probability with Texas

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