Hamiltonian Monte Carlo in easy words

If you are playing around with R/stan and struggling to get your head around the HMC/NUTS algorithm, I highly recommend the following blog by Prof. John Thompson which is a very educational description of the underlying principles (using Stata though): Stan with Stata, Part V: Kicking a marble around in a bucket Stan with Stata,…

Principles of Academic Success

Here my very subjective view on the principles of academic success (still working on step 4…): To be successful as a master student, you have to be intelligent. To be successful as a doctorate student, you have to be intelligent and hard-working. To be successful as a post-doc, you have to be intelligent, hard-working, and…

Help, help, … I need a statistician!

If you ever wanted to feel as important as an emergency doctor helping people, but your nerdy skills as a data scientist or statistician did not seem to interest people, times are going to change. There are two organizations which allow you to contribute your professional knowledge to charity work. http://community.amstat.org/statisticswithoutborders/home/ http://www.datakind.org

ANNOVAR (2014nov12) is available

An updated version of ANNOVAR (2014nov12) is available. ANNOVAR is the most frequently used tool to annotate genomic variants with functional information. DOWNLOAD: http://www.openbioinformatics.org/annovar/download/g4EUwyphi9/annovar.latest.tar.gz

Bitbucket: Version Control System

I just discovered the web-based hosting service Bitbucket/SourceTree (https://bitbucket.org) as an interface to various version control systems. The website and the local client SourceTree together implement a very convenient user interface to the MECURIAL and GIT (by Linus Torvalds) version control system. There are free (limited) accounts and the option to keep private and public…

Sonderheft “Forschung & Lehre” (09/14)| “Big Data” [German]

The magazine “Forschung & Lehre” of the Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV) published at Special Issue on “Big Data”. URL: http://www.forschung-und-lehre.de/wordpress/?page_id=302 BTW, “Significance” (2012/08) (not really current I know) also had a special issue on big data Following this issue, BBC2 broadcasted the feature “The Age of Big Data” as part of their “Horizon” science series

Other Blogs

For those who want to stay in touch with other related blogs, here is a list: Statistical Genetics: http://gettinggeneticsdone.blogspot.de http://blog.goldenhelix.com http://yurii-aulchenko.blogspot.de (watch out, partially in Russian) R, General: http://www.r-statistics.com http://www.r-statistics.com/tag/hadley-wickham/ http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com http://www.r-bloggers.com