Friday, 16 December 2016

Movie stars

Our search for potential alternatives to an academic career, in the face of increasing competition and difficulties in securing grant money has now led Jolene, Marcos and me to seek employment in the show-biz $-$ just in case we fail to recruit enough students for our new MSc in Health Economics & Decision Science...

Thursday, 15 December 2016

PhD opportunity!

Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity to conduct research in a branch of probability or statistics based in the UCL Department of Statistical Science, commencing in September 2017. This funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The requirement for admission to the MPhil/PhD in Statistical Science is a 1st class or high upper 2nd class Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree with merit or distinction, in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable. Further details can be found on the Departmental website. Applicants are expected to prepare an outline proposal of their work. We have some interesting project in our pipeline, including extensions of our work on survHE, or related to evidence synthesis and network meta-analysis, as well as the use of observational data for health economic evaluation.

The studentship will be four years in duration and covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus a stipend of £16,785 per annum for eligible UK residents. EU nationals who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship may still qualify for a fees only award. The studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (i.e. it cannot be used to part-cover overseas tuition fees). 

Further information, including details of how to apply, is available here.

Bayes 2017

We've just opened the call for abstract for the next edition of the Bayes Workshop $-$ this time we're going to Spain and to be more precise to Albacete.

The format is the same as in the past few years $-$ you can send your abstract (including title, authors and not exceeding 300 words) at We're pretty much open to many research areas, as long as they involve Bayesian statistics (I feel I have to say this $-$ in the past we had invariably at least a couple of abstracts that had absolutely nothing to do with a Bayesian analysis!...).

Friday, 9 December 2016

Nomen omen

After resisting this for way too long, I've finally decided it was time to release more widely a couple of the R packages I've been working on $-$ I've put them on GitHub, hence the mug...

In both cases, while I think the packages do work nicely, I am still not sure they are ready for an official release on CRAN $-$ effectively, this is mainly due to the fact that documentation may not be super yet, or, more importantly, that I'm still updating some of the basic functions a bit too often.

I knew GitHub was the way to go, but like a grumpy old man I've so far resisted the idea of learning how to manage it. However, because people I wanted to test survHE were struggling to install it (because of its complicated system of dependencies $-$ I'll say a bit more later), I thought this will be a very good alternative. 

So, I've created Git repositories for survHE and SWSamp (I've talked about this here) and the packages can be installed by using devtools in R $-$ I think something like this:


I think devtools may fail to install all the dependencies' dependencies under Windows (as far as I understand this is a bug that will be fixed soon) $-$ so the workaround is to use the development version of devtools. Or indulge R and install the missing packages that it requires.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Good stuff around

Lately, I've been publicising quite heavily our Summer school and new MSc, but of course, we're not the only one to plan for interesting things worth mentioning $-$ well, of course this is highly subjective... But then again, this blog is (mainly) about Bayesian stuff, so what's the problem with that?...

Anyway, I know of at least a couple of very interesting events:

1) Petros' course on Decision modeling using R, in Toronto, in February 2017. Last year he kindly invited me and I gave some sort of BCEA tutorial, which I really enjoyed.

2) Emmanuel's summer school on advanced Bayesian methods, in Leuven, in September 2017 (I think their website is not live yet, but info will be available at the i-Biostat website). I think they'll do a three-day course on non-parametric Bayesian methods and then a two-day course on Bayesian clinical trials.