Bayesian Data Analysis, Univ. St. Gallen 2013

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis
a four-day course at
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
June 10 - 13, 2013

HSG Library
HSG Plaza

Instructor: John Kruschke

Offered through the
University of St. Gallen
Summer School in
Empirical Research Methods (SSERM)

Many fields of science are transitioning from null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) to Bayesian data analysis. Bayesian analysis provides complete information about the relative credibilities of all candidate parameter values for any descriptive model of the data. Bayesian analysis applies flexibly and seamlessly to complex hierarchical models and realistic data structures, including small samples, large samples, unbalanced designs, missing data, censored data, outliers, etc. Bayesian analysis software is flexible and can be used for a wide variety of data-analytic models. The course shows you how to do Bayesian data analysis, hands on (with free software called R and JAGS). The intended audience is advanced students, faculty, and other researchers, from all disciplines, who want a ground-floor introduction to doing Bayesian data analysis. No mathematical expertise is presumed.

This course is offered through the University of St. Gallen Summer School in Empirical Research Methods. Registration information is included below.

Course Topics:
A posterior probability distribution for parameters that describe two groups, showing complete distributions of the difference of means (right middle), the difference of standard deviations, the effect size (right bottom), and posterior predictive check (right upper).

The content for the 2013 course is being updated and expanded.

For more information about Bayesian data analysis, with links to articles and videos, and for information about the instructor, scroll to the bottom of this page, or click here!

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Register with the University of St. Gallen.

This course is offered through the University of St. Gallen Summer School in Empirical Research Methods, so you must register to attend. Late registration will be allowed for a limited time. Complete registration and contact information is at this link. The instructor has no control of fees or registration procedure.

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Install software before arriving.

You are encouraged to bring a notebook computer to the workshop, so you can run the programs and see how their output corresponds with the presentation material. If you want to bring a notebook computer to the workshop, please install the software before arriving at the workshop. For complete installation instructions, please refer to this blog entry.

Above: A brief video that describes Bayesian estimation for comparing two groups, and how Bayesian estimation supersedes the t test.
Why go Bayesian? Sciences from astronomy to zoology are changing from 20th-century null-hypothesis significance testing to Bayesian data analysis, because Bayesian analysis provides complete information with flexible application to numerous models. Read more: *Your click on this link constitutes your request to the author for a personal copy of the article exclusively for individual research.
Book cover. Who is the instructor? John Kruschke is seven-time winner of Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, where he is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of Statistics. He has written an introductory textbook on Bayesian data analysis; see also the articles linked above. His research interests include the science of moral judgment, applications of Bayesian methods to teaching and learning, and models of attention in learning, which he has developed in both connectionist and Bayesian formalisms. He received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. He is action editor for the Journal of Mathematical Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of Psychological Review, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, among others.

Recommended textbook: Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: A Tutorial with R and BUGS. The book is a genuinely accessible, tutorial introduction to doing Bayesian data analysis. The software used in the course accompanies the book, and many topics in the course are based on the book. For reviews of the book at, click here. See links to some published reviews of the book here. Other endorsements and information about the book can be read here.

Bayesian data analysis is not Bayesian modeling of cognition. Data analysis involves "generic" descriptive models (such as linear regression) without any necessary interpretation as cognitive computation. The rational way to estimate parameters in descriptive models is Bayesian, regardless of whether or not Bayesian models of mind are viable. The concepts and methods of Bayesian data analysis transfer to other Bayesian models, including Bayesian models of cognition. Read more at this blog entry.

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