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off to Padova??? [for its 800th anniversary]

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2022 by xi'an

COMPSTAT²⁰²²

Posted in Books, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2022 by xi'an

I am taking part in [twice delayed] COMPSTAT 2022 this week, held in Bologna, virtually as my travel agenda is already quite heavy for the coming Fall Term. I sort of lost count but methinks this must be the fourth edition of COMPSTAT I am attending, the first one being Bristol in 1998, then Utrecht in 2000, and Paris in 2010. As it happens, all three plenary speakers are my friends and professional colleagues, namely  Holger Detter, Igor Pruenster, and Jean-Michel Zakoian. I am talking in  an Applied Computational Bayes session organised by Daniele Durante and Giacomo Zanella, although the talk is only remotely connected with my abstract from years ago:

Evidence approximation is a central object of Bayesian inference and despite numerous advances in the past decades, there still remain challenges to be met, especially when the sample size is large. We review here some robust solutions like the reverse logistic regression and a modified harmonic mean estimator, before proposing a related algorithm for Bayesian model choice.

IMS conFlorence [ICSDS2022]

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2022 by xi'an

The IMS is launching a new conference series, the annual IMS International Conference on Statistics and Data Science (ICSDS), whose goal is to reach out and expand membership from emerging areas of data science, underrepresented groups, and from regions outside of North America,  first edition is next December (13-16) in Firenze (Florence), Italy. (And which I plan to attend.) Reposted from the conference web page:

The objective of ICSDS is to bring together researchers in statistics and data science from academia, industry and government in a stimulating setting to exchange ideas on the developments of modern statistics, machine learning, and broadly defined theory, methods and applications in data science.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions, and about 50 invited, contributed and poster sessions. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate, as a portion of the invited sessions will be designated for young researchers.

diario dell’anno della peste³

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2022 by xi'an

Had a fantastic fortnight in Venezia, when visiting Roberto Casarin at Ca’Foscari. Living in the immediate vicinity of the campus meant enjoying a very quiet part of the city, not that Venezia was particularly crowded (except for the weekend which happened to be the beginning of a low-key Carnevale). I also managed to join the local swimming pool and thus enjoy the earliest morn session, while Xing daily on the way back the same people walking their kids to school or going to work.Read A history of what comes next by Sylvain Neuvel and part of Comes tumbling down by Seanan McGuire. Both books free from Tor.com. The former was nothing close to great, with an alien twist to the space conquest history and incomprehensible goals for a line of superheroes… The latter was near incomprehensible, albeit a Hugo Award 2021, but it is only when writing this post that I realised this was the fifth volume in a series. It may be that I will make an attempt at the first later, despite this inauspicious start!

Watched two further Korean TV series, Inspector Koo and Mad Dogs, the former being more realistic and mature than other K dramas, albeit with a super intelligent duo and a desintegration of the scenario structure as the story unfolds. The later is much more standard and not particularly worth recommending.

dusk from Zattere [jatp]

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2022 by xi'an

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