**T**he scheduled program for ISBA 2020 is now on-line. And full of exciting sessions, many with computational focus. With dear hopes that the nCo-2019 epidemics will have abated by then (and not solely for the sake of the conference, most obviously!). While early registration ends by 15 April, the deadline for junior travel support ends up this month. And so does the deadline for contributions.

## Archive for approximate Bayesian inference

## ISBA2020 program

Posted in Kids, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags approximate Bayesian inference, Bayesian computing, Bayesian statistics, China, conference, coronavirus epidemcs, high dimensions, ISBA 2020, Kunming, nCo-2019, program, variational Bayes methods, Yunnan on January 29, 2020 by xi'an## Scott Sisson’s ABC seminar in Paris [All about that Bayes]

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags ABC, AgroParisTech, approximate Bayesian inference, Australia, France, Gibbs sampling, New South Wales, Paris, Scott Sisson, seminar, Sydney, UNSW on January 20, 2020 by xi'an**O**n the “All about that Bayes” seminar tomorrow (Tuesday 21 at 3p.m., room 42, AgroParisTech, 16 rue Claude Bernard, Paris 5ième), Scott Sisson, School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW, and visiting Paris-Dauphine this month, will give a talk on

Approximate posteriors and data for Bayesian inference

Abstract

For various reasons, including large datasets and complex models, approximate inference is becoming increasingly common. In this talk I will provide three vignettes of recent work. These cover a) approximate Bayesian computation for Gaussian process density estimation, b) likelihood-free Gibbs sampling, and c) MCMC for approximate (rounded) data.

## repulsive postdoc!

Posted in Statistics with tags ABC, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR, approximate Bayesian inference, ERC, European Research Council, France, Lille, postdoctoral position, repulsiveness, Université Paris Dauphine on December 20, 2019 by xi'an**R**émi Bardenet has been awarded an ERC grant on Monte Carlo integration via repulsive point processes and is now looking for a postdoc starting next March. (Our own ABSINT ANR grant still has an open offer of a postdoctoral position on approximate Bayesian methods, feel free to contact me if potentially interested.)

## off to Vancouver

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags ABC, ABC-Gibbs, approximate Bayesian inference, British Columbia, colloquium, Institute of Applied Mathematics, lottery, NeurIPS 2019, Pacifics Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, PIMS, Squamish, The Chief, UBC, University of British Columbia, workshop on December 7, 2019 by xi'an**T**oday I am flying to Vancouver for an ABC workshop, the second Symposium on Advances in Approximate Bayesian Inference, which is a pre-NeurIPS workshop following five earlier editions, to some of which I took part. With an intense and exciting programme. Not attending the following NeurIPS as I had not submitted any paper (and was not considering relying on a lottery!). Instead, I will give a talk at ~~ABC~~ UBC on Monday 4pm, as, coincidence, coincidence!, I was independently invited by UBC to the IAM-PIMS Distinguished Colloquium series. Speaking on ABC on a broader scale than in the workshop. Where I will focus on ABC-Gibbs. (With alas no time for climbing, missing an opportunity for a winter attempt at The Stawamus Chief!)

## off to SimStat2019, Salzburg

Posted in Mountains, Running, Statistics, University life with tags ABC, Alps, approximate Bayesian inference, Austria, Berchtesgaden Alps, climbing, conference, Hohe Tauern, Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, Salzburg, SimStat2019, simulation, simulation and statistics, workshop on September 2, 2019 by xi'an**T**oday, I am off to Salzburg for the SimStat 2019 workshop, or more formally the 10th International Workshop on Simulation and Statistics, where I give a talk on ABC. The program of the workshop is quite diverse and rich and so I do not think I will have time to take advantage of the Hohe Tauern or the Berchtesgaden Alps to go climbing. Especially since I am also discussing papers in an ABC session.

## Introductory overview lecture: the ABC of ABC [JSM19 #1]

Posted in Statistics with tags ABC, American Statistical Association, Approximate Bayesian computation, approximate Bayesian inference, causal inference, Colorado, Denver, evidence, forensic statistics, Joint Statistical Meeting, JSM 2019, lecture on July 28, 2019 by xi'an**H**ere are my slides [more or less] for the introductory overview lecture I am giving today at JSM 2019, 4:00-5:50, CC-Four Seasons I. There is obviously quite an overlap with earlier courses I gave on the topic, although I refrained here from mentioning any specific application (like population genetics) to focus on statistical and computational aspects.

Along with the other introductory overview lectures in this edition of JSM:

- Sunday 28, 2:00-3:50, CC-Four Seasons I: CSI at the JSM: Forensic Statistics and the Value of Scientific Evidence in Court by Hal Stern (University of California, Irvine)
- Monday 29, 8:30-10:20, CC-205: Assessing Procedures vs. Assessing Evidence by Michael Levine (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- Monday 29, 2:00_3:50, CC-205: Causal inference in modern statistics by Jennifer Hill (New York University)and Avi Feller (UC Berkeley)
- Tuesday 30, 8:30-10:20, CC-205: Modern Risk Analysis by Walter Piergorsch (University of Arizona) and David Banks (Duke University)