Posts Tagged ‘ University life ’

Cross validated question

February 19, 2012
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Cross validated question

Another problem generated by X’validated (on which I spent much too much time!): given an unbiased coin that produced M heads in the first M tosses, what is the expected number of additional tosses needed to get N (N>M) consecutive heads? Consider the preliminary question of getting a sequence of N heads out of k

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AMIS on-line!

February 15, 2012
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AMIS on-line!

After many delays and exchanges of emails, our AMIS paper with Jean-Marie Cornuet, Jean-Michel Marin and Antonietta Mira eventually made it into the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics. I am quite glad it is now published as it will publicize the method...

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recents advances in Monte Carlo Methods

February 8, 2012
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recents advances in Monte Carlo Methods

Next Thursday (Jan. 16), at the RSS, there will be a special half-day meeting (afternoon, starting at 13:30) on Recent Advances in Monte Carlo Methods organised by the General Application Section. The speakers are Richard Everitt, University of Oxford, Missing data, and what to do about it Anthony Lee, Warwick University, Auxiliary variables and many-core

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updated slides for ABC PhD course

February 7, 2012
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updated slides for ABC PhD course

Over the weekend, I have added a few slides referring to recent papers mentioning the convergence of ABC algorithms, in particular the very relevant paper by Dean et al. I had already discussed in an earlier post. (This is taking a larger chunk of my time than expected! I am glad I will use the

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speed of R, C, &tc.

February 2, 2012
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speed of R, C, &tc.

My Paris colleague (and fellow-runner) Aurélien Garivier has produced an interesting comparison of 4 (or 6 if you consider scilab and octave as different from matlab) computer languages in terms of speed for producing the MLE in a hidden Markov model, using EM and the Baum-Welch algorithms. His conclusions are that matlab is a lot

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tenured research position with ABC skills!

February 2, 2012
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tenured research position with ABC skills!

I just received this announcement for the opening of a (tenured/civil servant) position in the national research institute in biostatistics, genetics, and agronomy, INRA: Position opening with profile Approximate inference techniques in complex systems Key activities and required skills: You will develop methodological research in the field of statistical inference for models used in environmental

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the birthday problem [X'idated]

February 1, 2012
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the birthday problem [X'idated]

The birthday problem (i.e. looking at the distribution of the birthdates in a group of n persons, assuming a uniform distribution of the calendar dates of those birthdates) is always a source of puzzlement ! For instance, here is a recent post on Cross Validated: I have 360 friends on facebook, and, as

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ultimate R recursion

January 31, 2012
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ultimate R recursion

One of my students wrote the following code for his R exam, trying to do accept-reject simulation (of a Rayleigh distribution) and constant approximation at the same time: which I find remarkable if alas doomed to fail! I wonder if there exists a (real as opposed to fantasy) computer language where you could introduce constants

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the Art of R Programming [guest post]

January 30, 2012
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the Art of R Programming [guest post]

(This post is the preliminary version of a book review by Alessandra Iacobucci, to appear in CHANCE. Enjoy !) As Rob J. Hyndman enthusiastically declares in his blog, “this is a gem of a book”. I would go even further and argue that The Art of R programming is a

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ABC [PhD] course

January 25, 2012
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ABC [PhD] course

As mentioned in the latest post on ABC, I am giving a short doctoral course on ABC methods and convergence at CREST next week. I have now made a preliminary collection of my slides (plus a few from Jean-Michel Marin’s), available on slideshare (as ABC in Roma, because I am also giving the course in

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