Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM02)
29th January 2018 - 2nd February 2018£260 - £620
This course will cover introductory hierarchical modelling for real-world data sets from a Bayesian perspective. These methods lie at the forefront of statistics research and are a vital tool in the scientist’s toolbox. The course focuses on introducing concepts and demonstrating good practice in hierarchical models. All methods are demonstrated with data sets which participants can run themselves. Participants will be taught how to fit hierarchical models using the Bayesian modelling software Jags and Stan through the R software interface. The course covers the full gamut from simple regression models through to full generalised multivariate hierarchical structures. A Bayesian approach is taken throughout, meaning that participants can include all available information in their models and estimates all unknown quantities with uncertainty. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets for discussion with the course tutors.
Research postgraduates, practicing academics and professionals in government and industry.
We offer COURSE ONLY and ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES;
• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, minibus to and from meeting point and accommodation. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 28th January and departure Friday 2nd February PM.
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There will be morning lectures based on the modules outlined in the course timetable. In the afternoon there will be practicals based on the topics covered that morning. Data sets for computer practicals will be provided by the instructors, but participants are welcome to bring their own data.
Assumed quantitative knowledge
A basic understanding of regression methods and generalised linear models.
Assumed computer background
Familiarity with R. Ability to import/export data, manipulate data frames, fit basic statistical models & generate simple exploratory and diagnostic plots.
Equipment and software requirements
A laptop/personal computer with a working version or R, RStudio, JAGS and stan installed. All are supported by both PC and MAC and can be downloaded for free by following these links.
It is essential that you come with all necessary software and packages already installed (you will be sent a list of packages prior to the course) internet access may not always be available.
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Sunday 7thMeet at the Tullie Inn, Balloch at approximately 18:30 before being taken by minibus to SCENE (Download directions PDF).
Monday 29th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Module 1: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
Module 2: Linear and generalised linear models (GLMs)
Practical: Using R, Jags and Stan for fitting GLMs
Round table discussion: Understanding Bayesian models
Tuesday 30th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Module 3: Simple hierarchical regression models
Module 4: Hierarchical models for non-Gaussian data
Practical: Fitting hierarchical models
Round table discussion: Interpreting hierarchical model output
Wednesday 31st – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Module 5: Hierarchical models vs mixed effects models
Module 6: Multivariate and multi-layer hierarchical models
Practical: Advanced examples of hierarchical models
Round table discussion: Issues of continuous vs discrete time
Thursday 1st – Classes from 09:00 to 16:00
Module 7: Shrinkage and variable selection
Module 8: Hierarchical models and partial pooling
Practical: Shrinkage modelling
Round table discussion Bring your own data set
Friday 2nd – Classes from 09:00 to 16:00
Final day for recap session, catch up time and bring your own data set
The instructors were excellent and clearly were the reasons for my previous comments. They both combined a deep understanding of statistics and ecology at the same level.
Any questions or queries I’ve had, were thus first answered with an ecological point of view and then translated into statistical consideration thereby making much more sense on both side.
In addition the course was very well organised, the course director and the two instructors were very friendly as well as professional. On the top of learning many useful things, I’ve also had a very good time during the week there.”
Spatial ecologist, Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), England
(Attended ADVR course)