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Book of the year

September 24, 2014
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Book of the year

The next issue of Significance (it will be a December double issue) will feature a festive version of the usual book review section. Readers and contributors can nominate their favourite statistics books of the year and alongside the nominati...

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Mini-tour

September 19, 2014
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Mini-tour

The last two days have been kind of a very interesting mini-tour for me $-$ yesterday the Symposium that we organised at UCL (the picture on the left is not a photo taken yesterday) and today the workshop on efficient methods for value of inf...

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BCEA 2.1

September 17, 2014
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BCEA 2.1

We're about to release the new version of BCEA, which will contain some major changes.A couple of changes in the basic code that should improve the computational speed. In general, BCEA doesn't really run into troubles because most of the computations ...

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Unbelievable(?)

September 8, 2014
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Unbelievable(?)

This is an old story (it dates back to July last year) but it just got under my radar and I think it's quite unbelievable $-$ or may be it isn't after all... In a survey of just over 1000 individuals developed by professional company Ipsos Mori, r...

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B my J

September 8, 2014
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As part of our work on the Regression Discontinuity Design for the British Journal of Medicine, we decided we should prepare a short, introductory research paper. We weren't holding our breath, as we thought that, while obviously interesting to cl...

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No surprises

September 4, 2014
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Yesterday was the day of my talk at the RSS Conference. As I mentioned here, I hadn't been back to Sheffield for nearly 20 years, so it is really no no surprise that I found it reeeeally (I mean: really) changed. In fact, I think I'm being a victim of ...

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RSSheffield

August 27, 2014
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Next week I'm off to the RSS conference in Sheffield, where I'll present our work on the Eurovision contest. I'm quite excited about going back to Sheffield, where some time in the last century, I've spent a semester as an Erasmus Exchange student. In ...

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Workshop on Efficient Methods for Value of Information

August 20, 2014
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Nicky Welton has invited me to talk at a very interesting workshop, which she has organised at the University of Bristol (here's a flyer). The day will be about the recent (and current) development of methods to perform calculations of the expected val...

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(Some) Spaces available

August 14, 2014
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(Some) Spaces available

Requests for registration to our short course on Bayesian methods in Health Economics are coming in steadily $-$ in fact, we had started advertising quite in advance (the course is in November), but we're nearly booked up.We set a total of 30 part...

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Two weights and two measures?

August 11, 2014
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This is an interesting story about the Meningitis B vaccine (some additional background here and here). In a nutshell, the main issue is that vaccines are subject to a slightly different regulation than other "normal" drugs. For example, patents do not...

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