Quantifying student feedback using Org mode and R

September 30, 2012 | Greg

As the term has progressed, my LSM2241 lectures are getting more consistent. I’m aiming to use 45 slides for what is officially a two hour lecture, although in reality it lasts about 90 minutes. We take a break at about 50 … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Some regressions on school data

September 26, 2012 | Luis

Eric and I have been exchanging emails about potential analyses for the school data and he published a first draft model in Offsetting Behaviour. I have kept on doing mostly data exploration while we get a definitive full dataset, and … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Careless comparison bites back (again)

August 6, 2012 | Luis

When running stats labs I like to allocate a slightly different subset of data to each student, which acts as an incentive for people to do their own work (rather than copying the same results from a fellow student). We … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Split-plot 2: let’s throw in some spatial effects

July 30, 2012 | Luis

Disappeared for a while collecting frequent flyer points. In the process I ‘discovered’ that I live in the middle of nowhere, as it took me 36 hours to reach my conference destination (Estoril, Portugal) through Christchurch, Sydney, Bangkok, Dubai, Madrid … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Dynamical systems: Mapping chaos with R

July 13, 2012 | Corey Chivers

Chaos. Hectic, seemingly unpredictable, complex dynamics. In a word: fun. I usually stick to the warm and fuzzy world of stochasticity and probability distributions, but this post will be (almost) entirely devoid of randomness. While chaotic dynamics are entirely deterministic, their sensitivity to initial conditions can trick the observer into ... [Read more...]

Split-plot 1: How does a linear mixed model look like?

June 24, 2012 | Luis

I like statistics and I struggle with statistics. Often times I get frustrated when I don’t understand and I really struggled to make sense of Krushke’s Bayesian analysis of a split-plot, particularly because ‘it didn’t look like’ a split-plot to … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Review: “Forest Analytics with R: an introduction”

May 29, 2012 | Luis

Forestry is the province of variability. From a spatial point of view this variability ranges from within-tree variation (e.g. modeling wood properties) to billions of trees growing in millions of hectares (e.g. forest inventory). From a temporal point of view … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R’s increasing popularity. Should we care?

May 17, 2012 | Luis

Some people will say ‘you have to learn R if you want to get a job doing statistics/data science’. I say bullshit, you have to learn statistics and learn to work in a variety of languages if you want to … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Montreal R Workshop: Introduction to Bayesian Methods

March 22, 2012 | Corey Chivers

Monday, March 26, 2012  14h-16h, Stewart Biology N4/17 Corey Chivers, Department of Biology McGill University This is a meetup of the Montreal R User Group. Be sure to join the group and RSVP. More information about the workshop here. Topics Why would we want to be Bayesian in the first place?  ... [Read more...]

π Day Special! Estimating π using Monte Carlo

March 14, 2012 | Corey Chivers

In honour of π day (03.14 – can’t wait until 2015~) , I thought I’d share this little script I wrote a while back for an introductory lesson I gave on using Monte Carlo methods for integration. The concept is simple – we can estimate the area of an object which is inside another ... [Read more...]

Gauging Interest in a Montreal R User Group

February 7, 2012 | Corey Chivers

Some of us over at McGill’s Biology Graduate Student Association have been developing and delivering R/Statistics workshops over the last few years. Through invited graduate students and faculty, we have tackled  everything from multi-part introductory workshops to get your feet wet, to special topics such as GLMs, GAMs, ... [Read more...]

Early-February flotsam

February 7, 2012 | Luis

Mike Croucher at Walking Randomly points out an interesting difference in operator precedence for several mathematical packages to evaluate a simple operation 2^3^4. It is pretty much a divide between Matlab and Excel (does the later qualify as mathematical software?) … Continue reading →
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Monty Hall by simulation in R

February 3, 2012 | bayesianbiologist

(Almost) every introductory course in probability introduces conditional probability using the famous Monte Hall problem. In a nutshell, the problem is one of deciding on a best strategy in a simple game. In the game, the contestant is asked to select one of three doors. Behind one of the doors ... [Read more...]

Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition

January 17, 2012 | Luis

I was thinking about new material that I will use for teaching this coming semester (starting the third week of February) and suddenly compiled the following list of links: William Briggs writes It is time to stop teaching Frequentism to … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R, academia and the democratization of statistics

December 12, 2011 | Luis

I am not a statistician but I use statistics, teach some statistics and write about applications of statistics in biological problems. Last week I was in this biostatistics conference, talking with a Ph.D. student who was surprised about this situation … Continue reading → [Read more...]

On the (statistical) road, workshops and R

December 3, 2011 | Luis

Things have been a bit quiet at Quantum Forest during the last ten days. Last Monday (Sunday for most readers) I flew to Australia to attend a couple of one-day workshops; one on spatial analysis (in Sydney) and another one … Continue reading → [Read more...]

If you are writing a book on Bayesian statistics

November 23, 2011 | Luis

This post is somewhat marginal to R in that there are several statistical systems that could be used to tackle the problem. Bayesian statistics is one of those topics that I would like to understand better, much better, in fact. … Continue reading → [Read more...]
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