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Savage-Dickey [talk]

Posted in R, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by xi'an

Here are the slides for the Savage-Dickey paradox paper that I gave in San Antonio this morning:

(Any suspected coincidence of the first part with earlier talks is for real!) I have tried to spell out as clearly as possible in the second part the issues of version choices that are at the core of the “paradox”.

Impressions from the frontier

Posted in Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by xi'an

The first day of the conference Frontiers of Statistical Decision Making and Bayesian Analysis, in honour of Jim Berger, in San Antonio, was quite a day! Starting at 8:30am with a few welcoming talks, we ended up with a poster session till 7pm. The great thing about the theme of that conference is that basically every talk of every session has some degree of relevance for most participants (besides the fact that most people are already acquainted). For instance, most talks I went to today were connected to Bayesian testing, including a plenary session by Larry Brown on the (non-Bayesian) incorporation of the consequences of model selection into the final inference. (I obviously missed two thirds of the talks, but so did everyone, including Jim Berger whose sessions were allocated at random by an R program!) The program is even heavier tomorrow with talks starting at 8pm!

Course in San Antonio, Texas

Posted in R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by xi'an

Yesterday, I gave my short (3 hours) introduction to computational Bayesian statistics to a group of 25-30 highly motivated students. I managed to cover “only” the first three chapters, as I included some material on Bayes factor approximation and only barely reached Metropolis-Hastings. Here are the slides, modified from the original Bayesian Core slides:

(It took me close to two hours to download those to Slideshare using the local wireless networks !) Since the slides as registred above seem to be unavailable to some readers, here is another identical version (but with another address):