Bayesian statistics course - 12-16th June

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Prof Aaron MacNeil ( has been teaching a Bayesian statistics course for the past 3 years, based on the statistical rethinking book ( He's a great researcher and teacher, and his statistics are really embedded in the ecological/environmental research he does.


He is coming to do a 1 week intensive course in LEC in the week 12-16th June. This will be a full 5 days, with morning teaching and afternoon practical’s, dealing with problems and datasets raised by attendees. He will teach both R/Python versions, depending on people’s interest. A rough schedule for the week is as follows:


Monday June 12th: am: Intro to Bayes: why models, why Bayes

Monday pm: Geocentric models: Normal linear models, conditional covariates

Tuesday June 13th:  am: Computational bits: MCMC, Causal inference, and model comparison

Tuesday pm: Group problem 1

Wednesday June 14th:  am: Other linear models: binomial, Poisson vs Negative Binomial, Zero-inflation

Wednesday pm: Group problem 2

Thursday June 15th: am: Hierarchical models: partial-pooling and parameterization

Thursday pm: Group problem 3

Friday June 16th: am: Covariance models: Multivariate Normal, Gaussian Processes

Friday pm: Group problem 4


The cost of the course will be £250/person. He can take up to 20 participants, and there are currently 10 free spaces. Please let Prof. Nick Graham ( know asap if you would like to attend the course.