Articles by Martyn

SPE 2018

February 6, 2018 | Martyn

The 2018 edition of the long-running Statistical Practice in Epidemiology using R (SPE) course will take place in Lyon, Fance on 20-24 June 2018 at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The deadline for applications is 1 April.
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JAGS 4.3.0 is released

July 18, 2017 | Martyn

The source tarball for JAGS 4.3.0 is now available from Sourceforge. Binary distributions will be available later. See the updated manual for details of the features in the new version. This version is fully compatible with the current version of … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Postdoctoral opportunity at IARC

July 2, 2017 | Martyn

There is an opportunity at IARC for a postdoctoral statistician to work on a challenging problem with a big impact. One of the important tasks of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is to collate and publish global … Continue reading →
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JAGS tutorial at useR! 2017

April 5, 2017 | Martyn

I am giving a pre-conference tutorial on JAGS at useR! 2017 in Brussels on 4 July. You can see the outline of the tutorial on the conference website along with the other tutorials being given the same day. This is … Continue reading → [Read more...]

More postdoctoral opportunities at IARC

May 20, 2015 | Martyn

If you want to want to work with R and JAGS on a hard multivariate measurement error problem in nutritional epidemiology, then take a look at this advert. IARC is based in Lyon, France. For informal queries approach me … ... [Read more...]

DSC 2014, Day 2

July 8, 2014 | Martyn

This will be somewhat shorter summary of the second day of DSC 2014. There was a wider variety of presentations today, but I am only going to discuss those that touched on the main theme of the day, which was … Continue reading → [Read more...]

DSC 2014. Day 1

July 7, 2014 | Martyn

This is a report of the first day of the Directions in Statistical Computing (DSC) conference that took place in Brixen, Italy (See here for an introduction). Performance enhancements were the main theme of the day, covering not just improvements … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Rencontres R, Lyon 27-28 June

March 28, 2013 | Martyn

Last year, the first French-speaking R conference, “Rencontres R“  was held in Bordeaux.  The meeting was a great success, and a second one will be  held in Lyon on 27 and 28 June 2013. The abstract submission deadline of 7 … Continue reading → [Read more...]

ggmcmc – diagnostic plots for MCMC with ggplot2

October 21, 2012 | Martyn

Xavier Fernández i Marín, who maintains the jags package on Gentoo Linux, writes to tell me he is developing the R package ggmcmc. This package is for visualizing Markov Chain Monte Carlo output using ggplot2 graphics and  should complement the … Continue reading → [Read more...]


September 2, 2012 | Martyn

Andrew Gelman has announced the release of Stan version 1.0.0 and its R interface RStan.  Stan – named after Stanislaw Ulam, the inventor of the Monte Carlo method – is a new MCMC program that represents a major technological leap … Continue reading → [Read more...]

JAGS 3.1.0

August 11, 2011 | Martyn

The patch release, 3.1.0  fixes a problem due to a change in the way the adapt command works (and the adapt() function in rjags).  If the model has an adaptive phase, you should normally include a burn in period (with … Continue reading → [Read more...]

JAGS 3.0.0 is released

July 25, 2011 | Martyn

Somewhat later than I originally planned, JAGS 3.0.0 is released and can be downloaded from Sourceforge.  The corresponding R interface package rjags has been uploaded to CRAN There are no new modules or features in this release. I have been … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Statistical Practice in Epidemiology using R

April 26, 2011 | Martyn

This is a long running course which usually takes place in Tartu, Estonia. This year we are hosting it at IARC in Lyon, France. The course is intended for epidemiologists and statisticians who wish to use R  for statistical modelling … Continue reading → [Read more...]

rjags 2.2.0 for Mac OS X

February 8, 2011 | Martyn

Version 2.2.0 of the rjags package for R is now available on CRAN. Previously, the version of rjags for Mac (2.1.0) was incompatible with the latest release of the JAGS library (2.2.0).  Let me know if you have any further … Continue reading → [Read more...]

JAGS 2.1.0 and rjags 2.1.0 are released

May 17, 2010 | Martyn

JAGS 2.1.0 is now available from Sourceforge.  You will find the source as well as binary packages for Windows and Mac OS X. Binary packages for Debian are available through the usual Debian channels, and packages for RPM-based Linux distributions … Continue reading → [Read more...]

JAGS 1.0.2 is released

May 9, 2008 | Martyn

JAGS 1.0.2 is now out. This is a patched release for the stable version, so there are no major changes in library functionality.   The major changes are: Memory leaks fixed. The rjags package now runs on Windows. A binary version … Continue reading → [Read more...]

A bugfix release for rjags

December 18, 2007 | Martyn

Several people have written in to tell me that rjags crashes if you  re-run a modelling script in the same R session.  The crash is caused by a memory management bug in the JAGS library that is triggered when you … Continue reading → [Read more...]

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