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Complete steps for installing software and programs

January 28, 2012
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Complete steps for installing software and programs

To use the programs, there are five basic installation steps:Install the general programming language R. Go to the R web site and install the latest version of R appropriate for your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux).Install the Bayesian sampling program ...

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Jocular Disbelief

January 22, 2012
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Jocular Disbelief

Posted by Yann LeCun  -  Jan 19, 2012  -  Public Google+Joke of the day (true story, circa 2004):Radford Neal (giving a talk): I don't necessarily think that the Bayesian method is the best thing to do in all cases...Geoff Hinton: S...

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Specialized Workshop, Feb 17-18, Seton Hall University

January 18, 2012
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Specialized Workshop, Feb 17-18, Seton Hall University

I'll be doing a day-and-a-half workshop at Seton Hall University, including a specialized analysis of data produced by researchers at SHU. Details can be found here.A list of future and past workshops can be found here.

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Parameterizing a gamma distribution by mode and sd

January 18, 2012
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Parameterizing a gamma distribution by mode and sd

When trying to fashion a gamma-shaped prior, I've found it more intuitive to start with the mode and standard deviation, instead of the mean and standard deviation as used in the book. The reason is that the gamma distribution is typically very skewed,...

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