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stats postdoc in Barcelona

Posted in Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2022 by xi'an

Here is a call for exciting postdoc positions in high-dimensional statistics for network & graphical models analysis, Barcelona:

We have two post-doctoral positions to work on a range of topics related to high-dimensional statistics for networks, ultra high-dimensional graphical models, frameworks linking networks and graphical models, multivariate structural learning and time series analysis. The positions are for 1 year, with a potential for extension to 18 months, with a gross yearly salary of 40,000€. The scope is ample and allows for sub-projects related to mathematical statistics and statistical learning theory, data analysis methodology in penalized likelihood and Bayesian statistics, and computational methods. The positions are related to a Huawei grant, which also offers opportunities to explore applications of the developed theory & methods.

The project is primarily hosted by the Statistics group at UPF and the BSE Data Science Center in Barcelona (Spain), and is in collaboration with Luc Devroye at McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and Piotr Zwiernik at the University of Toronto (Canada). The primary supervisors are Christian Brownlees, Luc Devroye, Gábor Lugosi, David Rossell and Piotr Zwiernik, although collaborations with other professors of these research groups are also possible.

Interested candidates should send an updated CV and a short research statement to David Rossell (david.rossell AT upf.edu). They should ask 3 referees to send a letter of reference on their behalf.

The deadline for applying for the first position is April 30 2022, the deadline for the second position is June 15 2022.

Domaine Vaquer [côtes du Roussillon]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2019 by xi'an

stupid traditions are simply stupid

Posted in Running, Travel with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2016 by xi'an

Over the past weekend, several men were killed in Spain. By running bulls. Most in the streets of Pamplona. And one in a bullring. The argument behind those events is to invoke “tradition“. Which means it happened for several centuries. Starting (?) with the Minoan bull leapers. But that does not make an argument when live are at stake and animals turned into killing machines (and often injured in the process). A lot of other absurd and cruel traditions have rightly disappeared over the years…  The European Union does not yet prohibit this animal mistreatment although it prohibits EU funds to be used as support, but it should as it is high time bull running and bull fighting are prohibited everywhere in Spain (as bull fighting currently is in both Catalunya and the Canary Islands). [I realise this is not the number one problem in the World and that many more people died the same weekend of deaths that could have been avoided, it is just that it would be so simple to eliminate this one (dis)reason.]

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