An Intro to Probabilistic Programming using JAGS

For our last meetup of the year we will have John Myles White talking about JAGS:

I'll present a brief introduction to probabilistic programming, a catch-all term for a new generation of programming languages that allow non-experts to fit arbitrary Bayesian models to small data sets. We'll cover the basic syntax of JAGS, a particularly accessible implementation of the BUGS language, and we'll then use the BUGS language to implement several basic Bayesian models, including linear regression, logistic regression, hierarchical regression and basic mixture models. Because of time considerations, I won't be presenting the basics of Bayesian inference, but will describe at a rough level how MCMC techniques are used to provide a backend for probabilistic programming languages.

John Myles White is a Ph.D. student in the Princeton Psychology Department, where he studies behavioral decision theory. Along with Drew Conway, he is the author of the book “Machine Learning for Hackers” as well as an upcoming book entitled "Bandit Algorithms for Website Optimization". John has also worked on several popular R packages, including ProjectTemplate and log4r. He is currently working on building statistical packages for the new programming language Julia.

We will have pizza from another new place, enjoy the talk, then hit the bar.

Remember, this month will be at Pivotal Labs near Union Square who are very generously providing us with space.

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  • Nitin Kabra

    Good session. Very informative

    December 18, 2012

  • Steven E Farkas

    A reminder why a doctoral program is out of the question :-)

    December 18, 2012

  • Stefan Karpinski

    Awesome. John always kills it.

    December 18, 2012

  • Rita Lavin Murray

    It's a pity that I couldn't stay for Q&A - had to catch a train back to NJ! The presentation started later than I was expecting. The invite said 6:15 PM for pizza and I, for one, can think while eating!

    December 18, 2012

  • Nitin Kabra

    I work on R and would be glad to answer questions

    December 11, 2012

  • Ritesh

    Unfortunately I will not be in spatial proximity to make it. Any chance this talk will be recorded and posted online?


    November 30, 2012

    • Jared Lander

      Last night Knewton very nicely livestreamed the event for us. We most likely will not have that capacity in December.

      November 30, 2012

  • Sweeney Verma

    Hi I would definitely love to come! Can I pay at the door? Thanks.

    November 30, 2012

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