$0 – $150

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

North Hall 276

Calvin College

1740 Knollcrest Circle SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Event description

Description

This three-day workshop will provide an introduction to using Stan for Bayesian data analysis. Stan® is a state-of-the-art platform for statistical modeling and high-performance statistical computation. Users specify log density functions in Stan’s probabilistic programming language and get:

  • full Bayesian statistical inference with MCMC sampling (NUTS, HMC)

  • approximate Bayesian inference with variational inference (ADVI)

  • penalized maximum likelihood estimation with optimization (L-BFGS)

Workshop sessions will include information on designing models, choosing priors, describing models in the Stan language, detecting and addressing potential problems with the HMC sampler, and interpreting results. Our primary interface to Stan will be via R and RStudio, but participants should be able to transfer skills to other interfaces, including python. Ample hands-on time will be provided with guided activities to give participants experience using Stan. No prior experience with Stan is required.

Our lead presenter will be Jonah Sol Gabry. Jonah is a member of the Stan core development team and a researcher in statistics working with Andrew Gelman on methods and software for Bayesian data analysis. He is co-author of the rstan and rstanarm R packages, which provide interfaces to Stan, as well as author and maintainer of the shinystan and bayesplot packages for model visualization, and the loo R package for model comparison. Jonah is also affiliated with the Columbia Population Research Center, where he advises on statistical issues related to collection and analysis of survey data.

Sessions will begin each day at 9 am and conclude at 4 pm. Lunch and mid-session refreshments will be provided.

Participants from out of town can choose to stay at the Prince Conference Center ($129 + tax per night) on Calvin's campus (mention the Stan Workshop when reserving your room) or at one of many nearby hotels. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) is located approximately 6 miles from campus. The Prince Conference Center provides shuttle service to/from the airport for guests who request this in advance.

This workshop is made possible by the Vos Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics of Calvin College and through support of the Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

North Hall 276

Calvin College

1740 Knollcrest Circle SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved