Bayesian Modeling for Cognitive Science, A WinBUGS Workshop


University of Amsterdam, Weesperplein 4, 1018 XA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
**** Target audience ****
This workshop is meant for researchers who want to learn how to apply Bayesian inference in practice. Most applications we discuss are taken from the field of cognitive science. Because the workshop is based on a set of book chapters and concrete exercises of varying difficulty, the course material is appropriate for researchers with a wide range of prior knowledge and interests.
Although some basic knowledge of Bayesian inference is an advantage, this is not a prerequisite. In the course we use WinBUGS in combination with R or Matlab (the choice is yours), and therefore some basic knowledge of either R or Matlab is also an advantage.
**** Summary ****
In this workshop, plenary lectures provide the theoretical background of Bayesian statistics, and practical computer exercises teach you how to use the popular WinBUGS program and apply it to a wide range of different statistical models. After completing this workshop, you will have gained not only a new understanding of statistics, but also the technical skills to implement models that are appropriate for the substantive hypotheses that you seek to test.
**** Course materials ****
For several years now, Michael Lee and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers have been working on a course book about Bayesian graphical modeling. This book is used to teach graphical modeling courses at UCI, OSU, UW, and UvA. A thoroughly updated and restructured version of this course book will form the basis of this workshop. At the start of the workshop, you will receive a printed copy of the latest version of the book, a memory stick with all the computer code, and a printed copy of the solutions to the exercises.
**** Costs ****
Early birds (completed registration before March 1st, 2013)
(PhD-)student:400 euro
Non-student:500 euro
Normal (completed registration before August 5th, 2013)
(PhD-)student:500 euro
Non-student: 600 euro
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Alexander Ly
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