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More than Word

January 30, 2015
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More than Word

I know this will sound childish and possibly snobbish. But for some reason (mostly because of several collaborative papers I'm working on at the moment with colleagues that do not use LaTeX), I have spent a good 90% of my working time on MS Word, in th...

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A bunch of papers

January 20, 2015
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A bunch of papers

The beginning of the new year has been particularly busy, as I'm working on several interesting projects. On the bright side, some of these are starting to give their fruits and, coincidentally, in the last few days we've had a few papers finalise...

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DIA Joint Adaptive Design and Bayesian Statistics Conference

January 19, 2015
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This is my first real contribution to the ISBA Section on Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Statistics, in my new role of secretary. Our section has formally endorsed this very interesting conference $-$ the timeline is very short, as the conferenc...

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No-go zones?

January 12, 2015
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No-go zones?

I think this is really serious: that's the story of an "expert" on terrorism, who's commented on Fox News about the situation in Europe. If you really want to laugh about it, you just take this at face value, as, erm, let's just say, "somebody" who jus...

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Sabbath-ical

January 5, 2015
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Sabbath-ical

Today is the first day of my sabbatical term, which I have asked (and obtained) so I could work on writing the books $-$ the BCEA book had been commissioned for a while and it's not far from a nearly finalised version, while the 2nd edition of Bayesian...

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Advance notice

January 4, 2015
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Advance notice

As a few people have already inquired (more or less formally) about the next edition of the short course on Bayesian Methods in Health Economics, I thought it would be nice to start the new year off by posting some details on that...While we're explori...

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New Year’s fireworks

December 31, 2014
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New Year’s fireworks

I have to thank Xi'an for this: as he rightly guesses in his comments to my original post (earlier this year $-$ well, for a few more hours still, at least!), my spam filter has worked a treat and if it weren't for him, I would have missed th...

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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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