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no school today

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , on September 27, 2011 by xi'an

My daughter’s school was blocked this morning, as the result of a day of actions against the persistent and long-term policy of position cuts and hour reductions in the Education budget by the current government of France. The impact on higher education of those cuts is already perceptible in the math background of our first-year students… Not that a few garbage bins piled in front of the high school entrance could make a dent in our governmental policy. Nor on the absurd statistics of the Education minister, Luc Chatel, who goes back to 1980 as a reference year to show “increases and improvements”!

Bayesian Fall school in La Rochelle

Posted in Kids, R, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by xi'an

The French agronomy research institute INRA is organising a Fall school in La Rochelle, Nov. 28 – Dec. 02, on Bayesian methods, oriented towards the applications in food sciences, environmental sciences, and biology. The provisional program (in French) is

■ Initiation aux outils informatiques R et WinBUGS (TP et réalisation de projets sur ordinateur)
■ Rappels en probabilité et initiation aux modèles graphiques
■ Introduction de la démarche bayésienne à travers des exemples simples
■ Quelques aspects et anecdotes sur l’histoire passée et récente de la statistique bayésienne
■ Estimation des distributions a posteriori à l’aide de méthodes numériques (MCMC etc.)
■ Evaluation et sélection de modèles en statistique bayésienne
■ Distributions a priori et élicitation
■ Exposés prospectifs sur les méthodes bayésiennes

The instructors will be Sophie Ancelet, Chantal Guihenneuc-Jouyaux, and Jean-Michel Marin. There are still a few places available and the registration deadline is June 30. (The above picture is a painting by Henri-Paul Motte of Richelieu during the year long siege of La Rochelle in 1628, painting that was included in my primary school history book and that I then found fascinating…)

Art brut

Posted in pictures with tags , , on May 12, 2011 by xi'an