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UseR! 2011 in Warwick

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on February 20, 2011 by xi'an

This year useR! conference will take place in Warwick, on August 16-18.  It is being organised by the department of Statistics and funded by CRiSM and Revolution Analytics (providers of the R tee-shirt!). I wish I could attend but mid-August is usually associated with genuine (post-JSM) family vacations.

R tee-shirt

Posted in Books, R, University life with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by xi'an

I gave my introduction to the R course in a crammed amphitheatre of about 200 students today. Had to wear my collectoR teeshirt from Revolution Analytics, even though it only made the kids pay attention for about 30 seconds… The other few “lines” that worked were using the Proctor & Gamble “car 54” poster and calling bootstrap “Statistics for dummies”, but I have trouble every year in getting the students interested in the topic (simulation) until…I introduced a (dummy) finance example of computing option prices. Sad!

JSM 2010 [day 3]

Posted in Books, R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on August 4, 2010 by xi'an

The same pattern as yesterday occurred, namely that the sessions that most interested me were all together at the 10:30 and 2pm slots, while there was no talk (besides the official ones) after 4pm… After another run around Stanley Park, I took the opportunity of being late for the first session to sit outside and to read the beginning of Francisco Samaniego’s book comparing Bayesian and frequentist inferences. The morning session was SAMSI sum-up about the spatio-temporal program they ran last year. I liked Noel Cressie’s analysis of a huge satellite data problem and the immense dimension reduction it brought. The most promising session of the day was however the afternoon’s Latent space models for network analysis, where Peter Hoff, David Bank and Purnamrita Sarkar gave different perspectives on this quite interesting modelling technique. (I was reflecting during the talks that this could bring a modelling revival of the old French “analyse de données” school, in that it was translating dependencies into distances…) After meeting the other editors of StatProb and grabbing a Revolution Analytic water-bottle at their party, I attended the SBSS mixer where I had a great time (except for the $9 beers) talking to old friends and meeting new ones.