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Big’MC seminar

January 29, 2010 | xi'an

Two very interesting talks at the Big’ MC seminar on Thursday: – Phylogenetic models and MCMC methods for the reconstruction of language history by Robin Ryder – Uniform and non-uniform random generators by Régis Lebrun which are both on topics close to my interest, evolution of languages (I’ll be a ... [Read more...]

Looking for a Bayésien PhD

January 28, 2010 | xi'an

I just got this email (yes, in French) looking for a Bayesian ready to work on algorithms: Dans le cadre de la société Vekia, nous recherchons un Docteur en statistiques bayésiennes pour un poste sur Lille à pourvoir dès que possible. Vekia est  un éditeur de logiciel pour ... [Read more...]

Bayesian courses in København

January 26, 2010 | xi'an

I received this announcement about two incoming courses given in København by Andrew Lawson: 1) “*An Introduction to Bayesian Disease Mapping*” A Two-Day Course, April 12.- 13. 2010, University of Southern Denmark This course is designed to provide an introduction to the area of Bayesian disease mapping in applications to Public Health ... [Read more...]

Short Monte Carlo course in San Antonio

January 21, 2010 | xi'an

Just a reminder that I will teach a very short course on March 17 in San Antonio, Texas, based on our “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” book, in the first day of the meeting  Frontiers of Statistical Decision Making and Bayesian Analysis, in honour of Jim Berger, There still are ... [Read more...]

Solution manual for Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R

January 19, 2010 | xi'an

After the complete solution manual for Bayesian Core, the solution manual for the odd numbered exercises of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” is now arXived. The fuller 133 page version for instructors is available from Springer Verlag by demand only, in order to keep the appeal of the book as ...
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Typos in Chapter 8

January 16, 2010 | xi'an

Phew!, we are now done with the solution manual in the sense that we have compiled solutions for all odd-numberedd exercises (but one!) and solved a fair number of even-numbered exercises. As it stands, the manual is 120 pages long and I am exhausted by the run to produce it over ...
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Typos in Chapters 6-7

January 14, 2010 | xi'an

Over the weekend and during the R exams, I managed to complete the solution set for Chapters 6 and 7 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”. Chapter 6 only exhibited a few typos, despite me covering most exercises in Chapter 6, hence the merging of both chapters. – in Exercise 6.13, both and [...]
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Typos in Chapter 5

January 11, 2010 | xi'an

After writing the solutions to the odd-numbered exercises in Chapter 5 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”., I alas found the following typos, two of which are rather major (Exercise 5.3 and Example 5.16). I apologise to the readers these typos may confuse. – Exercise 5.3 has no simple encompassing set and the constraint ...
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R exams

January 11, 2010 | xi'an

As posted yesterday, today was the day of my Exploratory Statistics exam, turned into 3 R exams because of the lack of terminals for the students to work on. (We tried to encourage students to use their own laptop but less than twenty registered…) If you happen to be interested in ... [Read more...]

Typos in Chapter 4

January 9, 2010 | xi'an

Chapter 4 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” has four typos (so far) in the exercises: – In Exercise 4.5, the should not be in bold fonts (!) – In Exercise 4.9, I commented too many lines when revising and thus the variance terms vanished. It should read – In Exercise 4.13, following the removal of [...]
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Typos in Chapter 3

January 7, 2010 | xi'an

Here are two more typos in the exercises of Chapter 3 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”. – due to the (later) inclusion of an extra-exercise in the book, the “above exercise” in Exercise 3.5 actually means Exercise 3.3. – in Exercise 3.11, question c, a line got commented by mistake in the LaTeX file ...
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Typos in Chapter 2

January 5, 2010 | xi'an

When grading homeworks for my Monte Carlo graduate class, I found that my students had pointed out two typos in the exercises of Chapter 2 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”. – In Exercise 2.17, question d. should be “d. Show that the maximum of is attained at .“ – In Exercise 2.21, in item [...]
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Already a competitor?!

December 11, 2009 | xi'an

When looking around on Amazon, I found that “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” was associated with another very recently published (same day as ours!) book, “Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics“, by William Bolstad, that seems to mostly cover the same ground as us (with some connections with Bayesian Core for ...
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“Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” is out!

December 9, 2009 | xi'an

That’s it!, “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R” is out, truly out, I have received a copy from Springer by express mail today! (If you need any further proof, it is also advertised as In stock by Amazon.) Given that the printer exactly reproduces the pdf file sent to ...
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Introduction à Monte Carlo en R

November 11, 2009 | xi'an

Following a proposal by Springer-Verlag Paris, I have decided to translate Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R with George Casella into French, since a new collection of R books (in French) is planed for the Spring of 2010. The translation will a priori be done by Joachim Robert and Robin Ryder, ...
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