February update from the Bayes Section

10 Feb 2020 4:09 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

There will be a pre-conference workshop at ANZSC in July on logistic regression in Autostat. We have a trip report from the BayesComp workshop in January, which was attended by members of the Bayes SSA section. The ISBA Program Council have extended the early registration and poster submission deadlines for the ISBA World Meeting and BAYSM (June/July, 2020). A reminder about ABC in Grenoble (March, 2020) and announcement of an SMC workshop in Madrid (May, 2020).

There will be a pre-conference workshop “From machine learning to statistical modelling (Frequentist & Bayesian), via logistic regression in Autostat” held on Sunday, July 5, prior to the Australian Statistical Society and New Zealand Statistical Association Conference (ANZSC) on the Gold Coast. This year Griffith University has planned 70 workshops and other training events, delivered by 20 presenters, on statistics or mixed (quant/qual) methods. Several workshops introduce a Bayesian approach for particular models, with computing in Autostat and/or R. There are also introductory workshops on

“Understanding Probability”, and “Classical vs Bayesian Statistical Modelling.” All workshops are advertised a few months ahead here.  Please have patience with a new process for attendees external to Griffith University to

enrol in workshops here.

j-ISBA mixer at BayesComp 2020, L to R: Georgios Vasdekis (Warwick); Andrea Bertazzi (TU Delft); Joshua Bon (QUT); Joris Bierkens (TU Delft); and Sebastiano Grazzi (TU Delft). Photo courtesy Akihiko Nishimura (UCLA)

The biennial BayesComp workshop, sponsored by the Bayesian computation section of ISBA, took place January 7-10 in Gainesville, Florida. The conference promotes original research into computational methods across all strands of Bayesian research. This year’s plenary talks included cutting-edge topics such as Continuous-time MCMC, variational inference (VI), as well as Bayesian analysis of large-scale time series. The advancement of methodology for high-dimensional and complex models was a persistent theme of the conference. An underlying theme of research present in many talks was the move away from more traditional, exact, Bayesian methods, to alternative methods that are approximate or robust to model misspecification. 

The 5th Bayesian Young Statisticians Meeting (BAYSM) will take place in Kunming, China from June 26-27, 2020. Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 29. Due to concerns about the current coronavirus epidemic, the ISBA Program Council have extended the early-bird registration deadline for the ISBA World Meeting (Kunming, China, June 29 – July 3) until May 15. They will keep submission of contributed posters open until May 15 as well. More details about the conference programme are available here.

A workshop on Approximate Bayesian Computation, ABC in Grenoble, will be held in France on March 19 and 20. More details are available here.

A workshop on Sequential Monte Carlo methods, SMC 2020, will be held in Madrid, Spain, May 27 – 29. More details are available here.

Executive Committee, Bayes Section of SSA (Chris Drovandi, Clara Grazian, David Frazier, Sama Low-Choy & Matt Moores)

Twitter: @BayesSSA


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