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Lazy(?)

December 16, 2014
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Lazy(?)

It's nearly the Christmas break and as I was writing the previous post (on our Workshop on cost-effectiveness thresholds), I just noticed the post-counter in the blog archive. While the decrease in the number of posts from 2012 to 2013 was minimal (98 ...

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NICE and the cost-effectiveness thresholds: Can good intentions compensate for bad practice?

December 16, 2014
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That's the title of the workshop we've held at UCL yesterday (I'd mentioned it in a previous post). I think it went remarkably well (OK $-$ as I'm the organiser, I may be over-enthusiastic, but I really think it was a very good day!). Despite the fact ...

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The smartest guys in the room

December 7, 2014
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I've just finished reading this book, which tells the story of Enron, the American power company who raised to incredible fame and generated ridiculous amounts of money to its shareholders $-$ mostly by cooking its books, through "creative accounting"....

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Good intention/bad practice?

November 28, 2014
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Good intention/bad practice?

As part of the newly established Statistics/Health Economics seminars that our group is now organising at UCL, we are preparing a very exciting event for December 15th (so basically just a couple of weeks away).A few of us got to talk about several gen...

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Bayes Pharma 2015 – call for abstracts

November 28, 2014
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The organisation of the next Bayes Pharma conference is in full swing. We've confirmed the invited speakers and finalised quite a few of the details too. We've now opened the call for abstracts.A flyer with some extra info is available from here. Final...

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Secretary

November 18, 2014
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Secretary

Second time lucky, I've just been elected Secretary of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics. The aim of this specialised section of ISBA is to help network and federate under...

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Another job

November 18, 2014
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Another job

We have another job available in the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. This will be a joint post between the department and University College Hospital (we have strong links with the Joint Research Office and do collaborate with many clini...

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Best job ever

November 14, 2014
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Best job ever

The job advert for the postdoc position in our MRC-funded project on the Regression Discontinuity Design is finally out.Aidan has done a fantastic job in his little over a year in the position, but he's now moved to a lectureship in our department...

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How do you spell your name?

November 12, 2014
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How do you spell your name?

I've just got back from ISPOR, at which I managed to chat with several people $-$ I guess that's one of those conferences where the amount of people in the sessions is basically the same as those outside, talking (more or less quietly). In fact, w...

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"Football"… I mean "soccer"… I mean "football"…

October 29, 2014
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A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Daniel Weitzenfeld $-$ a Chicago freelance data scientist (his own definition). Daniel got interested in modelling sports results and googled our football paper $-$ in his post here, he jokes that, be...

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