Boston Bayesians: Inaugural Meetup


Our first meetup will feature a talk from Allen Downey, author of “Think Bayes” and professor at Olin College. Our organizers will share their vision for Boston Bayesians and explain how members can participate and get involved in this new community. Join us for open discussion of Bayesian inference, tools, techniques and case studies.


• 6:30 Meet and greet.

• 6:45 "A vision for Boston Bayesians" by the organizers.

• 7:00 "Bayesian Bandits From Scratch" by Allen Downey.

• 7:45 Q&A

• 8:00 Networking.

• 8:30 End of event.

About the Talk:

Title: Bayesian Bandits From Scratch.

Author: Allen Downey

Abstract: In this talk, I will start with the basics of Bayesian statistics and we'll solve some simple problems on paper. Then I will introduce a computational framework for doing Bayesian statistics in Python, and use it to solve a more realistic problem, A/B testing, using a Bayesian strategy for the "multi-armed bandit" problem.

This talk is accessible for people with minimal background in Bayesian statistics, but I will assume that everyone knows Bayes's theorem. Although I will show some code, but you don't have to know Python.

Speaker Bio: Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College of Engineering and author of Think Python, Think Bayes, Think Stats, and other books published by O'Reilly Media. He has taught at Wellesley College, Colby College and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from MIT

Note to all attendees:

All attendees must RSVP before the event. When arriving to the event, all attendees must register with building security, located in the lobby of One Memorial Drive, prior to entering Microsoft’s facility. Please present a government issued, photo ID to lobby security and sign a waiver in order to be allowed access to the building.

A note from our sponsor Microsoft:

Microsoft New England (MSNE) is a major center for technical innovation and research. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MSNE campus includes two buildings—One Memorial Drive and the recently renovated One Cambridge Center. At the core of MSNE is the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD). NERD is a world-renowned research and software development center, and is home to teams working on critical products and services like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SQL. NERD also serves as a center of gravity for the local tech community, having hosted more than 1,000 events and welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since opening in 2008.


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