Articles by Markus Gesmann

R in Insurance 2017 Programme online

May 11, 2017 | Markus Gesmann

The programme for the 2017 R in Insurance conference in Paris has been published. Talks will discuss new ideas and research with the applications in life and general insurance, from network analysis, reserving, pricing to catastrophe modelling, followe...
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R in Insurance 2017

December 13, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

The fifth conference on R in Insurance will be held on 8 June 2017 at ENSAE. ENSAE is the Paris Graduate School for Economics, Statistics and Finance.The intended audience of the conference includes both academics and practitioners who are active or interested in the applications of R in Insurance.This one-day ... [Read more...]

Notes from 4th Bayesian Mixer Meetup

October 4, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Last Tuesday we got together for the 4th Bayesian Mixer Meetup. Product Madness kindly hosted us at their offices in Euston Square. About 50 Bayesians came along; the biggest turn up thus far, including developers of PyMC3 (Peadar Coyle) and Stan (Michael Betancourt).The agenda had two feature talks by Dominic ...
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googleVis 0.6.1 on CRAN

September 6, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

We released googleVis version 0.6.1 on CRAN last week. The update fixes issues with setting certain options, following the switch from RJSONIO to jsonlite. Screen shot of some of the Google ChartsNew to googleVis? The package provides an interface betw... [Read more...]

Notes from the Kölner R meeting, 9 July 2016

July 13, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Last Thursday the Cologne R user group came together again. This time, our two speakers arrived from Bavaria, to talk about Spark and R Server.Introduction to Apache SparkDownload slidesDubravko Dulic gave an introduction to Apache Spark and why Spark might be of interest to data scientists using R. Spark ...
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Notes from 3rd and 3.5th Bayesian Mixer Meetup

July 5, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Two Bayesian Mixer meet-ups in a row. Can it get any better?Our third 'regular' meeting took place at Cass Business School on 24 June. Big thanks to Pietro and Andreas, who supported us from Cass. The next day, Jon Sedar of Applied AI, managed to arrange a special summer PyMC3 ...
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Early bird registration for R in Insurance closes 30 May

May 24, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Hurry! The early bird registration offer for the 4th R in Insurance conference, 11 July 2016, at Cass Business School closes 30 May.This one-day conference will focus once more on applications in insurance and actuarial science that use R, the lingua franca for statistical computation. Topics covered include reserving, pricing, loss modelling, ...
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R in Insurance 2016 Programme

May 3, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

We are delighted to announce that the programme for the 4th R in Insurance conference at Cass Business School in London, 11 July 2016, have been finalised. Register by the end of May to get the early bird booking fee.The organisers gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Verisk, Mirai Solutions, Applied AI, ...
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New R package to access World Bank data

April 26, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Staying on top of new CRAN packages is quite a challenge nowadays. However, thanks to Dirk's CRANberries service I occasionally spot a new gem, such as wbstats, which appeared on CRAN last week. Similarly to the WDI package, wbstats offers an interface to the World Bank database.With the functions ... [Read more...]

Notes from 2nd Bayesian Mixer Meetup

April 19, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Last Friday the 2nd Bayesian Mixer Meetup (@BayesianMixer) took place at Cass Business School, thanks to Pietro Millossovich and Andreas Tsanakas, who helped to organise the event.Bayesian Mixer at CassFirst up was Davide De March talking about the challenges in biochemistry experimentation, which are often characterised by complex and ...
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R in Insurance: Abstract submission closes end of March

March 18, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

Hurry! The abstract submission deadline for the 4th R in Insurance conference in London, 11 July 2015 is approaching soon. You have until the 28th of March to submit a one-page abstract for consideration. Both academic and practitioner proposals related to R are encouraged. Please email your abstract of no more than 300 ... [Read more...]

Next Kölner R User Meeting: Friday, 26 Feburary 2016

February 23, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

The 17th Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 26 February 2015. We have two talks, followed by networking drinks. Introduction to Bayesian Regression Models using Stan with the brms package - Paul-Christian Bürkner (Uni Münster)RKWard: A Graphical User Interface and Integrated Development Environment for Statistical ...
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Bayesian Mixer on Meetup

February 16, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

We had our first successful Bayesian Mixer Meetup last Friday night at the Artillery Arms!We expected about 15 - 20 people to turn up, when we booked the function room overlooking Bunhill Cemetery and Bayes' grave. Now, looking at the photos taken duri...
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Using SVG graphics in blog posts

February 9, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

My traditional work flow for embedding R graphics into a blog post has been via a PNG files that I upload online. However, when I created a 'simple' graphic with only basic curves and triangles for a recent post, I noticed that the PNG output didn't look as crisp as ...
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First Bayesian Mixer Meeting in London

February 2, 2016 | Markus Gesmann

There is a nice pub between Bunhill Fields and the Royal Statistical Society in London: The Artillery Arms. Clearly, the perfect place to bring people together to talk about Bayesian Statistics. Well, that’s what Jon Sedar (@jonsedar, and I thought. Source:, ...
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