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duck, duck, …magnetic duck

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2016 by xi'an

“Mallards in tight formation tends to face either north or south when landing. Because vision alone cannot prevent collision between these high-speed flyers, the ducks use sensors in their eyes, beaks and ears to align themselves to Earth’s magnetic field.” Nature, vol. 531, 31 March 2016

Toulouse, la ville rose…

Posted in pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , on May 30, 2013 by xi'an


I had a great time in Toulouse at the French (SFDS) statistical association meeting over those two days, from running along the canals to enjoying good company—this is Jean-Michel Marin’s hometown and he showed me around—, good views—when it did not pour—, good food—mostly duck— and good local wines…! I gave a plenary talk on consistent ABC model choice to a fairly large audience, hopefully understandable. However, I felt a bit overwhelmed by having to explain The Accident to so many of my colleagues that I somehow wish they had… read the ‘ Og first!!! I chaired an interesting applied Bayesian session with case studies in homeland security, avalanches, floods, and heavy metal (in cabbages, Julien, not in my ears!)