Small-group training and one-to-one coaching for data visualisation and Bayesian analysis.
This workshop for teams that work with data will introduce principles of good practice in both the analytical and design sides of dataviz. Throughout, small group exercises build confidence in sketching, innovating user-testing and communicating what the data show us. This can be a one-day or half-day workshop and works with anything from 5 to 25 people. The facilitator, Robert Grant, is the author of "Data Visualization: charts, maps and interactive graphics" on CRC Press.
Data science, statistics, machine learning and AI: a primer for managers
This one-day workshops aims to support managers responsible for data analysis teams or outsourcing. We consider the four terms in the title, what different backgrounds go to make up a successful 21st century data analysis team, and how those backgrounds create different norms and motivations. Understanding this is essential to recruiting and retaining. We also explore the strengths and weaknesses of different analytical methods, and contemporary concerns around anonymity and ethics.
Bayesian data analysis
A one-day workshop for data analysts will introduce the theory of Bayesian analysis, explore the kind of critical thinking necessary to do it well, and get your team started with software. We can tailor the content to the kind of data and analysis they typically encounter. If relevant, we can also introduce methods such as particle filters, ABC or Bayesian non-parametrics. The software covered could be Stan, R packages, BUGS/JAGS, Stata or PyMC3.
Structural equation models
SEMs and related latent variable models put your data in the context of the theory and understanding that you already have. Bayesian methods are a perfect fit because estimating the latent variables is done with probability like any other parameters. Combine that with estimation of missing or imprecise data, and hierarchical structure, seasonality or geographical details, and you have a world-beating methodology. Learn how to plan it, implement it, and explain it.
When you combine statistical results from multiple studies, there's a lot of things that can and do go wrong. You can include all of those problems in a Bayesian model: reporting bias, publication bias, measurement error, dichotomania, different measures, different study designs, indirect comparisons. Get reliable and realistic inferences and predictions. Or you can brush them under the carpet and pretend it's all fine. Your choice.
Bayesian non-parametrics are not just a trendy, must-have skill, but also offer a combination of the non-linearity of black boxes like deep learning, without the mystery. Get flexible, data-driven predictions by combining many models in one Bayesian framework. Let the data shine through without imposing some unrealistic assumptions. Learn how to do it, how to critique it, and how to communicate it.
Adaptive clinical trials
Get the skills you need to cope with the increasing demand for adaptive designs in new clinical trials. Learn how Bayesian methods allow flexible analyses with statistical results that are easy to communicate and meaningful to clinical audiences and policy makers.
The world-leading Bayesian software comes with interfaces for R, Python, Julia and more. It is tried and trusted for almost every kind of model you might want to fit to your data. It is used by every serious data science organisation you can name. But maybe you find it a little scary, a little unapproachable. Let's break through that barrier with an introductory or specialist course.
There are many ways to access powerful Bayesian tools in R, from user-friendly, high-level packages like brms and rethinking through to the NUTS and bolts of Stan, JAGS and BUGS. An overview course will show you the options and let you weigh up which one works best for you and your data.
BUGS / JAGS
Bayesian inference Using the Gibbs Sampler is still the world's favourite Bayesian software, and Just Another Gibbs Sampler is close behind. An introductory course will get you up and running with these tools and show you many of the models that have been effectively programmed in them already.
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