Small-group training and one-to-one coaching for data visualisation and Bayesian analysis.

Future courses

From Statistics To Machine Learning, 28 October 2019

28 October 2019
From Statistics To Machine Learning

(early 2020 date to be confirmed: email to reserve a seat)

This one-day workshop on 28 October is aimed at anyone who studied some statistics in the past, and wants to understand the principles of machine learning. There are a number of techniques and ways of thinking that can be useful in any form of data analysis.

We will combine discussions about theory and working practices with thought-provoking small-group exercises. You will learn about:

  • Terminology and jargon
  • Supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Ensembles, bagging and boosting
  • Neural networks, image data and adversarial thinking
  • AI and ethical concerns
  • Reinforcement and imitation learning
  • Big data's challenges, opportunities and hype
  • Speed and memory efficiency
  • Concepts of model building such as cross-validation and feature engineering
  • Options for software, outsourcing and software-as-a-service
  • Data science workplaces combining statistical expertise with machine learning: what makes them happy and healthy

You can bring a laptop to try out some of the examples in R, but this is not essential. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Robert Grant is a medical statistician by training, more recently involved in machine learning techniques, who runs his own training and coaching company, BayesCamp. His specialities are Bayesian modelling (he is one of the contributing developers of Stan) and data visualisation (his book "Data Visualization: charts, maps and interactive graphics" is on CRC Press). He is currently test-driving around 20 different commercial machine learning software packages with the aim of publishing reviews and comparisons. He has many years' experience of teaching introductory courses and is committed to making advanced data analysis accessible to everyone who's interested.

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Get Up and Running in Bayesian Data Analysis with Rasmus Bååth, 25 Nov 2019

25 November 2019
Get Up and Running in Bayesian Data Analysis with Rasmus Bååth

25 November 2019, Central London TBC, £270
(£125 for students / unwaged -- email for a discount ticket)

Bayesian data analysis is a powerful tool for inferential statistics and prediction, and this one-day course will get you up to speed with doing Bayesian data analysis using R or python. The goal of the course is for you to get an understanding of what Bayesian data analysis is and why it is useful. After the tutorial you should be able to run Bayesian analyses in R or python and will be setup to learn about more advanced Bayesian techniques. The target audience you with little or no knowledge of Bayesian statistics, but with basic knowledge of R and/or Python

Part one of the tutorial will introduce Bayesian modelling from a simulation-based perspective. Part two will introduce three packages for doing Bayesian data analysis: Rstanarm, PyMC3 GLM, and Facebook's Prophet. Part three will introduce you to the popular and powerful Stan framework for building and running flexible Bayesian models in R and Python.

The course will be taught by Rasmus Bååth, a popular blogger and YouTuber on Bayesian methods, based at Lund University and King (makers of Candy Crush). Rasmus is particularly interested in making Bayes accessible to beginners and has experience through academic teaching, writing and creating online courses.

There is a reduced price for students and unwaged participants at GBP 125 including VAT -- email to get this or if you want an invoice prior to paying through your organisation.
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Stata courses with Timberlake: online and in London

1 November 2019
Introduction to Survival Analysis

Survival, or time-to-event, analysis has been widely used in biomedical research for decades but is also increasingly relevant to analysts working in fields like marketing, social sciences and engineering. Data follow people, organisations or other subjects over time and capture the times at which an event of interest happens. A cancer researcher may be watching for recurrence of a tumour, while in marketing, the event of interest could be a customer calling in to cancel their contract.
Stata has an established and trusted capability to manipulate such data and carry out a wide range of analyses. This half-day online course, delivered by experienced medical statistician Robert Grant, will introduce newcomers to the tools that Stata offers.
Topics covered:

  • Why survival / time-to-event data requires specific analyses
  • Defining and manipulating a survival / time-to-event dataset in Stata
  • Obtaining rates, survival and hazard curves from Stata
  • Testing for differences between groups in Stata
  • Adjusting for confounding variables in tests of hazard difference by stratification, using Stata
  • The role of regression in survival analysis, the difference between parametric and semi-parametric (Cox) models, and the basics of how to fit them in Stata

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23 September 2019
Stata Autumn School, day 1:
Introduction to Bayesian analysis in Stata

Stata has rapidly built a selection of Bayesian data analysis tools since version 14. The release of version 16 (anticipated summer 2019) adds more to this. There are also existing community-contributed interfaces to WinBUGS, JAGS and Stan. This day at Stata Autumn School will introduce these options and give participants a grounding in what Bayesian analysis is and how it can be useful. Further details of material to be covered will be added following the release of version 16.
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24 September 2019
Stata Autumn School, day 2:
Multivariate analysis and unsupervised learning in Stata

Finding patterns in datasets of many variables is a key skill in contemporary data science, whether you call it multivariate analysis or unsupervised learning. This day at Stata Autumn School will look at the many options available in Stata and give participants a grounding in choosing an appropriate method and critiquing results.
Topics covered:

  • Cluster analysis
  • Principal components analysis
  • Factor analysis and the link to structural equation models
  • Correspondence analysis
  • Procrustes analysis of shapes
  • Options for data visualisation

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18-19 November 2019
Bayesian data analysis in Stata 16

TBC Central London

Stata has rapidly built a selection of Bayesian data analysis tools since version 14. The release of version 16 (anticipated summer 2019) adds more to this with multiple chains, posterior predictive checking, and convergence diagnostics. Integration with Python has also made the PyMC3 library available for Bayesian analysis, and there are existing community-contributed interfaces from Stata to WinBUGS, JAGS and Stan.

This two-day course is aimed at anyone who uses Stata and is interested in learning about Bayesian analysis. We will use the latest functionality in Stata version 16 but you can also bring a laptop with Stata 14 or 15 and be able to take part in most of the course. After completing this course, you will have learnt:

  • how we can use probability to build a flexible model for the way data came into being
  • the need for more complex models to deal with more complex data or questions
  • how simulation gives real freedom to fit complex models
  • how to install and run essential Bayesian functionality in Stata
  • how to install and run community-contributed commands to interface with WinBUGS and Stan, or the Python library PyMC3
  • the basics of the probabilistic programming languages of BUGS and Stan: what the building blocks are and how they fit together
  • an intuitive grasp of how Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms work, and their strengths and weaknesses
  • how to interpret output from Stata’s bayes prefix commands and the more flexible bayesmh
  • how to diagnose and fix problems in algorithm behaviour or model specification

Presenter Robert Grant is an experienced Stata user, trainer and medical statistician, who programmed the interface from Stata to Stan.

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Data Visualization with Physalia Courses, 9-13 Dec 2019

9-13 December 2019
Data Visualization

The ability to visualise data and analyses effectively is a highly prized skill in the data analysis workplace. Increasingly, employers are placing a high value on the ability to communicate as well as calculate. In this week-long course, you will learn how to design visualisations such as charts, maps and interactive graphics, which bring insight and understanding to your audience. You will learn about perception, the design process and the tools that you can use to make visualising easy. The course is highly interactive with group exercises throughout.
There will be two versions: for those who wish to practice some coding, for example with R, and for those who wish to work on paper throughout. In the last two days, participants in their groups will carry out a larger "project", where we present real-life data with a briefing from a researcher. The challenge will be to produce some visualisations and pitch them to the researcher on the last day, with feedback on your project work.
After taking this course, you will:

  • understand the options in converting data to an image
  • have practised sketching and user-testing the core of the data visualisation process
  • understand perception and what we can learn from it
  • have encountered a range of statistical challenges and their visualisation needs
  • have had the chance to try out several visualisation tools

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Winter / spring courses to be confirmed soon:

You can also contact Robert at to discuss bespoke training for your team.

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