[ASA] ANITA online lecture -- Computational Bayes, Aaron Robotham -- Wed 1pm (ADST) 16th Oct

Darren Croton dcroton at astro.swin.edu.au
Tue Oct 15 14:53:20 AEDT 2013

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1pm (ADST) ANITA will hold its next online lecture, the third in a series of four from Aaron Robotham. 

All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.

More details (including lecture notes and slides) are available at: http://anita.edu.au/lectures/

Title: Computational Bayes
Speaker: Aaron Robotham (aaron.robotham at uwa.edu.au)

Abstract: Having established the basic concepts of a Bayesian approach to data analysis, in this lecture we will go further and apply it to more complicated problems that require the use of computers. This will lecture will cover Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and more specifically Metropolis Hastings sampling. We will be making use of R in this lecture, and at this stage a basic degree of familiarity is assumed. To get back up to speed the keen student may want to read back through the notes from the "Introduction to R" lecture (also on ANITA).

The lecture will be held through Google Hangouts on Air.
You'll first need a Google account (e.g. gmail). Log in to it.
If you've never done a Google Hangout before you'll need to install a plugin for your browser. See https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin
On Google+ search for "Anita Chapter" and head to our page.
Alternatively, go directly to our Chapter page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104967001091880466806/posts
You'll see a post for the Hangout on Air at around 12pm - hit play and enjoy!

Some hints for a better experience:
You can breakout the small video window on the Google+ page by opening it in YouTube. This gives you a much bigger view.
Post any comments/questions under the video in the comments box on the Google+ or YouTube page. We'll try and answer them in real-time.
I don't believe that comments are updated automatically; you may need to reload the page to see the latest.

All lectures will be hosted on our ANITA YouTube page for later viewing.

Thanks, and see you there!

Darren Croton
Associate Professor & QEII Research Fellow 
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
Phone: 61-3-9214-5537; Fax: 61-3-9214-8797

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