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My talks @ Universitat de Girona

April 18, 2014
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My talks @ Universitat de Girona

Just after Easter, I'll go for a very quick trip to lovely Girona, where Marc Saez has invited me to give two talks.The first one will be a re-run of the short course on INLA that I did at Bayes Pharma last year. It's scheduled (and prepared) as a 3-ho...

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The Granville incident

April 16, 2014
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The Granville incident

Earlier this morning, there was some commotion on the allstat mailing list (if you don't know what it is, that's a UK-based discussion list specifically focussed on statistics; it's been active for quite some time and usually you get useful information...

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Bayes Pharma 2014 – nearly there…

April 14, 2014
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Bayes Pharma 2014 – nearly there…

We're nearly done with (most of) the preparation for Bayes Pharma 2014. We've received quite a few abstracts for the contributed talks $-$ many different topics but in general very interesting work, I thought.We've managed to secure several sponsorship...

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Causal Inference in Health, Economic and Social Sciences

April 14, 2014
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The programme of the forthcoming UK Causal Inference Meeting "Causal Inference in Health, Economic and Social Sciences" is just out. The short conference will be at the end of the month (28th and 29th of April) at the University of Cambridge.I ind...

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Seven (a-day)

April 6, 2014
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Seven (a-day)

This week (among other things, including my Vespa breaking down twice in three days) I was busy taking part in an interview panel for a research associate position, together with colleagues in the Medical School at UCL.One of the questions we...

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The sampling frame is a list, but not every list is a sampling frame

March 21, 2014
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The sampling frame is a list, but not every list is a sampling frame

Yesterday and today, I spent some time marking the in-course assessment (ICA) for my course (the teaching term is over next week $-$ yay!). The course is called "Social Statistics" and it's intended to deal with surveys and sampling. However, sinc...

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Canada et al

March 13, 2014
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1. Today was the first day of our course on Bayesian methods in health economics. After my lecture on intro to health economics, Chris has given 2 lectures on Bayesian methods and their implementation in BUGS and then Richard has talked about Baye...

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Man at work(-ish)

March 10, 2014
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Man at work(-ish)

Perhaps one could argue that the obvious, manly activity to do at the weekend when you're home alone is to put and organise stuff in the garage. Well, I was home alone last weekend and my very own version of this was to arxiv the first p...

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Money(proper foot)ball?

March 9, 2014
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Money(proper foot)ball?

This is an interesting (although a bit overused, of late) topic. In some quarters, we statisticians are all akin to "moneyballs" (by the way: I should say I haven't read the book or watched the movie $-$ but that's by design, as I suspect I wouldn't re...

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Issue with thinning in R2OpenBUGS vs R2jags

March 3, 2014
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Issue with thinning in R2OpenBUGS vs R2jags

While preparing the practicals for our course at the University of Alberta, I've discovered something kind of interesting. I'm sure this is nothing new and actually people who normally use both OpenBUGS and JAGS have already figured this out.&nbsp...

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