MCMSki 3 [recollections]

I am now back home after five exciting and exhausting days in Park City, Utah! As reported earlier, the Adap’skiii meeting went on quite well, with high quality talks relating to edge research. I am thus completely committed to organise the next meeting in three years or so, whether or not MCMSki 4 ever takes place. I also found the ski resort where the meeting took place quite interesting, with plenty of mostly empty ski runs and top quality lodging [with the luxury of a fireplace]. (The downside was a type of runs I was not used to in the Alps, but this showed how far I had to improve in my skiing. And another major downside were the grossly overpriced commodities, because down-town Park City was too far to accommodate my jet-lagged schedule. Despite this lack of complete information, I am slightly bemused at Park City making into the top ten places to go in 2011 according to the New York TImes…) While the picture below, taken from my hotel room/flat, was selected as Shot of the Day by The Canyons, the above panorama picture was provided to me by Luke Bornn, who also gave a fairly interesting talk during the Young Investigators session.

This was actually one of the most exciting sessions of MCMSki 3 in my opinion (acknowledging for a possible bias against the afternoon sessions due to my schedule. Poster sessions were off-base as well since starting after my bed-time! Judging from the abstracts I certainly missed an important chunk of the conference… To wit, Pierre Jacob got one of the poster prizes for his poster on our parallelisation paper.) As I left early, I am sorry I missed Keith Baggerly’ report of his sleuth work on Potti et al. (2006, Nature Medicine), as well as the other talks in this final session. On the grumbling side, I must (?) mention that I did not find the Bayes versus frequentism debate really appropriate for the conference, the theme being so remote from MCMC (even though I always enjoy controversial discussions!)

9 Responses to “MCMSki 3 [recollections]”

  1. [...] (thanks to Jean-Michel et François for their contributions!), rekindling skiing feelings from Park City [after a few days], watching my nephew Paul learning to ski in his analytical way, starting a new [...]

  2. [...] Friday, Shane Reese (who so superbly organised the MCMSki III conference early this year and helped us so much for the Adap’ skiii workshop!) took me ice-climbing on [...]

  3. [...] papers (about the limitations of ABC model choice) was conceived in Utah, early this year (at the MCMC’Ski conference). There were an amazing lot of students in the audience and I hope I managed to get the message out [...]

  4. [...] by our PNAS paper on ABC model choice. Almost as soon as we realised the problem, that is, during MCMC’Ski in Utah, I talked with Judith about a possible classification of statistics in terms of their Bayes [...]

  5. [...] Steve Fienberg, for their support. A very fitting ending for a paper started around a (fake) log-fire in Park City! (And my very first paper in PNAS!) [...]

  6. [...] that ABC approximations to the Bayes factor are not to be trusted. When working one afternoon in Park City with Jean-Michel and Natesh Pillai (in a hotel room heated by a fake log-fire!), we looked at the [...]

  7. [...] Meije right after the talk, but our respective knees were hurting for the past week at least (since Utah in my case…), so we decided to postpone. I think the talk itself went on rather ok (?!), with [...]

  8. [...] first Le Monde puzzle of the year, I tried a simulated annealing solution on an early morning in my hotel room. Here is the R code, which is unfortunately too rudimentary and too slow to be able to tackle [...]

  9. [...] tip on Baggerly presentation: Xi’an’s Og. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Duke is Capable of Acting Quickly on Misconduct [...]

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