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A heap of PhD studentships at UCL

June 21, 2011
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A heap of PhD studentships at UCL

Mark Girolami sent me this announcement for six PhD studentships in Statistical Methodology and Its Application at University College London (UCL) that are great opportunities for anyone interested in computational statistics! The studentships are attached to the Department of Statistical Science at University College London, and a subset of them are UCL Impact awards. Impact

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Summer school in Gran Paradiso

June 19, 2011
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Summer school in Gran Paradiso

The Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso and the Università di Pavia are organising a summer school on “Advances in species distribution modelling in ecological studies and conservation” in Pavia and Cogne, 12-18 September 2011. This school includes R and Winbugs tutorials, regular classes, plus a field trip to the park, so this sounds quite exciting (at

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Efficient loops in R — the complexity versus speed trade-off

June 18, 2011
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I've written before about the up- and downsides of the plyr package -- I love it's simplicity, but it can't be mindlessly applied, no pun intended. This week, I started building a agent-based model for a large population, and I figured I'd use something like a binomial per-timestep birth-death process for between-agent connections. My ballpark...

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Further Bernoulli factories

June 15, 2011
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Further Bernoulli factories

Yesterday, Andrew Thomas and José Blanchet posted a note on the Bernouilli factory on arXiv. This short paper links with the recent paper of Flegal and Herbei I commented earlier. Considering the special target Thomas and Blanchet develop an elaborate scheme of cascading envelopes that converge to f from above. Their paper is very clear

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The importance of being unoriginal (and befriending google)

June 11, 2011
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In search of bin countsI look at histograms and density functions of my data in R on a regular basis. I have some idea of the algorithms behind these, but I've never had any reason to go under the hood until now. Lately, I've been looking using the b...

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Cross de Bercy 2011 [v2&3]

June 10, 2011
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Cross de Bercy 2011 [v2&3]

Following my (un)reasonable time last year, I registered again for the annual “Cross de Bercy”  run by the Sport Club of the Finance Ministry (with whom/which CREST is affiliated). This is a two loop 10km race taking

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Rotating disks

June 9, 2011
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Rotating disks

My neighbour is an half-retired entrepreneur who still runs his electric engine company. A few weekends ago, he came to me with the following physics question related with one of those engines: given a primary disk rotating at the angular speed of ω0 and a secondary disk located on the first one with a centre

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A dubious statistics

May 31, 2011
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A dubious statistics

Following a link on R-bloggers, I ended up on this page (with a completely useless graph that only contained the pieces of information 5% in 1900 and 55% in 2000). The author (Ralph Keeney) reports on “A remarkable 55 percent of deaths for people age 15 to 64 can be attributed to decisions with readily

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Hammersley and Handscomb 1964 on line

May 26, 2011
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Hammersley and Handscomb 1964 on line

Through the webpage of the Advanced Monte Carlo Methods I & II, given a few years ago by Michael Mascagni at ETH Zürich, I found a link to the scanned version of the 1964 book Monte Carlo Methods by Hammersley and Handscomb. This is a short book, with less than 150 pages, especially if one

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News about speeding R up

May 23, 2011
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News about speeding R up

The most visited post ever on the ‘Og was In{s}a(ne), my report on Radford Neal’s experiments with speeding up R by using different brackets (the second most populat was Ross Ihaka’s comments, “simply start over and build something better”). I just spotted two new entries by Radford on his blog that are bound to rekindle the

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