Archive for Vale d’Aosta

Bayes in the Rockies

Posted in Books, Mountains, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by xi'an

A few months ago, following the course I gave last summer in Vale dAosta, I got contacted by Devin Goodsman from the University of Alberta, in order to organise a short course there for environmental scientists in hierarchical Bayes modelling and its R implementation. I (obviously) accepted the invitation and, thanks to Devin and François Teste, we managed to get the short course housed at the wonderful BIRS (Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery) centre in Banff, in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Last time I was at BIRS, it was four year ago for the 07w5079 Bioinformatics, Genetics and Stochastic Computation: Bridging the Gap workshop, organised jointly with Arnaud Doucet and Raphaël Gottardo from UBC, and I enjoyed the place and organisation immensely. (Not to mention the surroundings, as shown this picture of Mount Temple, climbed in 2002, taken from Eiffel Peak.)

The current workshop, Hierarchical Bayesian Methods in Ecology, is numbered 10w2170 and will take place over the weekend of September 10-12 this Fall.  The schedule is provided on the workshop webpage. I plan to cover Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Bayesian Core on Saturday, before spending all of Sunday morning and early afternoon on hierarchical models. I actually plan to take advantage of the revision of Bayesian Core in Luminy next week to include a chapter on hierarchical modelling. Now, there are still a few places left in order to reach the 20 participant (strict) upper limit, so, if you are interested in attending the workshop/course, contact me at my gmail email account: bayesianstatistics. (The cost is $220, which includes two nights of lodging at BIRS and a copy of Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R! Meals and transportation are not included.)

Aosta [hike 3.2]

Posted in Mountains, Travel with tags , , on July 27, 2009 by xi'an

Parnassius apollo (C.) Abele BlancWe have received in the mail this weekend a cd of the pictures taken by our mountain guide Abele Blanc during the hike last week and they are superb, like the one above of the Parnassius Apollo butterfly, which is one of the emblems of the Gran Paradiso National Park and which mostly dwells in Aosta and in the nearby Valais.


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