Episode 2

#2 When should you use Bayesian tools, and Bayes in sports analytics, with Chris Fonnesbeck

When are Bayesian methods most useful? Conversely, when should you NOT use them? How do you teach them? What are the most important skills to pick-up when learning Bayes? And what are the most difficult topics, the ones you should maybe save for later?

In this episode, you’ll hear Chris Fonnesbeck answer these questions from the perspective of marine biology and sports analytics. Chris is indeed the New York Yankees’ senior quantitative analyst and an associate professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

He specializes in computational statistics, Bayesian methods, meta-analysis, and applied decision analysis. He also created PyMC, a library to do probabilistic programming in python, and is the author of several tutorials at PyCon and PyData conferences.

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com!

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Learning Bayesian Statistics
A podcast on Bayesian inference - the methods, the projects and the people who make it possible!

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Alexandre Andorra

Hi! I'm your host, Alex Andorra. By day, I'm a Bayesian modeler at the PyMC Labs consultancy. By night, I don't (yet) fight crime, but I'm an open-source enthusiast and core contributor to the awesome Python packages PyMC and ArviZ.

An always-learning statistician, I love building models and studying elections and human behavior. I also love Nutella a bit too much, but I don't like talking about it – I prefer eating it.

My goal is to make this podcast as interesting and useful to you as possible. So, hit me on Twitter or email with your questions and suggestions!