Off to Warwick


I apologise for the low frequency of updates to this blog. The big news is that I am moving back to the UK next month after 23 years in France working for the World Health Organization. I am very excited to be starting a new job in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick.

SPE 2018

View from Rhone river in Lyon city at sunset

The 2018 edition of the long-running Statistical Practice in Epidemiology using R (SPE) course will take place in Lyon, Fance on 20-24 June 2018 at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The deadline for applications is 1 April.

If you want to spread the word in our department, please print off the A4 flyer.

New manual

I have spent the last couple of months updating the JAGS manual for the release of 4.3.0. I have uploaded the manual to Sourceforge so you can now download it. This is mainly for the benefit of people coming to my JAGS tutorial next week at useR! 2017.

This was the final task before releasing JAGS 4.3.0 so you can expect some news on that front fairly soon.


Course: 1st Italian Astrostatistics School, 12-16 June 2017


Stefano Andreon writes:

We are pleased to announce the 1st Italian Astrostatistics School that will be held at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Milano from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The primary goal of the school is to train astronomers to the use of modern statistical techniques, specifically parameter estimation and model selection. The INTENSIVE course, lectured by Stefano Andreon and Roberto Trotta, is characterized by extended laboratory sessions (i.e. individual work at the computer), taking about two thirds of the school attendance. The capacity is limited to 35 participants (first come first served
basis). The school is open to PhD students in astronomy, who have priority  (they should register by May 15th), and if space allows, to post-docs and researchers. From May 15th, registration is open to all (subject to availability). Attendance to the course has pre-requirements. For school program, details, and registration see:

Bayescomp 2018


Photo by Richard Aparicio

Bayescomp 2018 will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 26-29 March. This is the successor to the MCMski conference series.

Bayes Comp 2018 is a biannual conference sponsored by the ISBA section of the same name. The conference and the section both aim to promote original research into computational methods for inference and decision making and to encourage the use of frontier computational tools among practitioners, the development of adapted software, languages, platforms, and dedicated machines, and to translate and disseminate methods developed in other disciplines among statisticians.

See the conference web site for more details. Note that I am not involved in the organisation of the conference, I am just disseminating the information.