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“Crimes Against Data”: My talk at Ohio State University this Thurs; “Solving Statistics Problems Using Stan”: My talk at the University of Michigan this Fri

Crimes Against Data

Statistics has been described as the science of uncertainty. But, paradoxically, statistical methods are often used to create a sense of certainty where none should exist. The social sciences have been rocked in recent years by highly publicized claims, published in top journals, that were reported as “statistically significant” but are implausible and indeed could not be replicated by independent research teams. Can statistics dig its way out of a hole of its own construction? Yes, but it will take work.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 3:00pm
Location: EA 170

Solving Statistics Problems Using Stan

Stan is a free and open-source probabilistic programming language and Bayesian inference engine. In this talk, we demonstrate the use of Stan for some small fun problems and then discuss some open problems in Stan and in Bayesian computation and Bayesian inference more generally.

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:30 am
411 West Hall
Welcome Reception at 11:00am in the Statistics Lounge, 450 WH


  1. Llewelyn Richards-Ward says:

    For those of us down under — are these talks ever recorded or “webinarised”? Seems that something that is so actively under development should share the love — and recoup some costs. Feeling like the wrong end of a p-value here :)

  2. gustavo says:

    I shared Richard’s sentiments. I am in Los Angeles and would love to have access to the talks, seminars, etc. Figure a cost model (with Stan of course) that makes economic sense and share the information wealth.

  3. Alex says:

    If you happen to get an OSU shirt on Thursday, don’t wear it on Friday. That might not go over too well.

  4. not an economist says:

    Wish I could be there for OSU talk!

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