Big’MC seminar

Two very interesting talks at the Big’ MC seminar on Thursday:

Phylogenetic models and MCMC methods for the reconstruction of language history by Robin Ryder

Uniform and non-uniform random generators by Régis Lebrun

which are both on topics close to my interest, evolution of languages (I’ll be a philologist in another life!) and uniform random generators.

2 Responses to “Big’MC seminar”

  1. [...] Welcome, Robin! Robin Ryder started his new blog with his different solutions to Le Monde puzzle, solutions that are much more elegant than my pedestrian rendering. I particularly like the one based on the Jacobian of a matrix! (Robin is doing a postdoc in Dauphine and CREST—under my supervision—on ABC and other computational issues, after completing a PhD in Oxford on philogenic trees for language history with Geoff Nicholls. His talk at the Big’MC seminar of last month is reported there.) [...]

  2. [...] In case you did not read all the slides of Regis Lebrun’s talk on pseudo-random generators I posted yesterday, one result from Marsaglia’s (in a 1968 PNAS paper) exhibited my ignorance during [...]

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