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Short course on Bayesian data analysis and Stan 19-21 July in NYC!


Bob Carpenter, Daniel Lee, and I are giving a 3-day short course in two weeks.

Before class everyone should install R, RStudio and RStan on their computers. If problems occur please join the stan-users group and post any questions. It’s important that all participants get Stan running and bring their laptops to the course.

Class structure and example topics for the three days:

Sunday, July 19: Introduction to Bayes and Stan
Intro to Bayes
Intro to Stan
The statistical crisis in science
Stan by example
Components of a Stan program
Little data: how traditional statistical ideas remain relevant in a big data world

Monday, July 20: Computation, Monte Carlo and Applied Modeling
Computation with Monte Carlo Methods
Debugging in Stan
Generalizing from sample to population
Multilevel regression and generalized linear models
Computation and Inference in Stan
Why we don’t (usually) have to worry about multiple comparisons

Tuesday, July 21: Advanced Stan and Big Data
Vectors, matrices, and transformations
Mixture models and complex data structures in Stan
Hierarchical modeling and prior information
Bayesian computation for big data
Advanced Stan programming
Open problems in Bayesian data analysis

Specific topics on Bayesian inference and computation include, but are not limited to:
Bayesian inference and prediction
Naive Bayes, supervised, and unsupervised classification
Overview of Monte Carlo methods
Convergence and effective sample size
Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and the no-U-turn sampler
Continuous and discrete-data regression models
Mixture models
Measurement-error and item-response models

Specific topics on Stan include, but are not limited to:
Reproducible research
Probabilistic programming
Stan syntax and programming
Warmup, adaptation, and convergence
Identifiability and problematic posteriors
Handling missing data
Ragged and sparse data structures
Gaussian processes

Again, information on the course is here.

The course is organized by Lander Analytics.


  1. DaveA says:

    This looks great. Any plans to bring it out west?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great idea but it’s very pricey. Why not produce a short ed x / coursera style video tutorial instead? You’d reach a much larger audience.

  3. If you add a donate button on, I will donate money. If you have 1000 users, and each donates something every year (I would happily do that), you should have at least some amount of money to keep going. That way you can teach courses that anyone can attend for free, and don’t have to set up expensive paywalled courses. It might be an experiment worth trying, to just add a donate button.

  4. Just as a show of support, I fully approve of you guys selling tickets, much better to sell your knowledge and time (which can’t be copied essentially free of cost) than to sell the software (which can).

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