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When simple becomes complicated…

August 14, 2017
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When simple becomes complicated…

A while ago, Anna and I published an editorial in Global & Regional Health Technology Assessment. In the paper, we discuss one of my favourite topics $-$ how models for health technology assessment and cost-effectiveness analysis should increa...

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Picky people (2)

July 28, 2017
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I've complained here about the fonts for some parts of the computer code in our book . Eva (our publisher) has picked up on this and has been brilliant and very quick in trying to fix the issue. I think they will update the fonts so that at l...

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Conflict of interest

July 7, 2017
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Conflict of interest

I am fully aware that this post is seriously affected by a conflict of interest, because what I'm about to discuss (in positive terms!) is work by Anthony, who's doing a very good job on his PhD (which I co-supervise).But, I thought I'd do like our for...

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Picky people

June 20, 2017
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Picky people

Our book on Bayesian cost-effectiveness analysis using BCEA is out (I think as of last week). This has been a long process (I've talked about this here, here and here). Today I've come back to the office and have open the package with my copies. T...

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Homecoming (of sort…)

June 19, 2017
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Homecoming (of sort…)

I spent last week in Florence for our Summer School. Of course, it was home-coming for me and I really enjoyed being back to Florence $-$ although it was really hot. I would say I'm not used to that level of heat anymore, if it wasn't for the fact that...

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Surprise?

June 9, 2017
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So: for once I woke up this morning feeling slightly quite tired for the late night, but also rather upbeat after an election. The final results of the general election are out and have produced quite some shock. Throughout yesterday, it look...

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Break

June 7, 2017
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Break

Today I've taken a break from the general election modelling $-$ well, not really... Of course I've checked whether there were new polls available and have updated the model! But: nothing much changes, so for today, I'll actually concentrate on so...

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The Inbetweeners

June 6, 2017
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The Inbetweeners

When it first was shown, I really liked "The Inbetweeners" $-$ it was at times quite rude and cheap, but it did make me laugh, despite the fact that, as it often happens, all the main characters did look a bit older than the age they were trying to por...

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The code (and other stuff…)

June 2, 2017
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The code (and other stuff…)

I've received a couple of emails or comments on one of the General Election posts to ask me to share the code I've used. In general, I think this is a bit dirty and lots could be done in a more efficient way $-$ effectively, I'm doing this out of ...

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The swingers

May 30, 2017
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The swingers

Kaleb has left a comment on a previous post, asking what constituencies my model predicted to change hands, with respect to the 2015 election. This is not too difficult to do, given the wealth of results and quantities that can be computed, once the po...

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