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Hiroki ITÔ (pictured) has done everyone a service in translating to Stan the example models [update: only chapters 3–9 so far, not the whole book; the rest are in the works] from

- Marc Kéry and Michael Schaub (2012)
*Bayesian Population Analysis using WinBUGS: A Hierarchical Perspective*. Academic Press.

You can find the code in our example-models repository on GitHub:

This greatly expands on the ecological models we previously had available and should make a great jumping-off point for people looking to fit models for ecology. Hiroki did a fantastic job translating everything, and as an added bonus, he included the data and the R code to fit the models as part of the repository.

If anyone else has books they’d like to translate and publish as part of our example models suite, let us know. We’re more than happy to help with the modeling issues and provide feedback.

P.S. Ecologists have the best images! Probably because nature’s a big part of their job—Hiroki ITÔ is a forestry researcher.

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