Episode 42

#42 How to Teach and Learn Bayesian Stats, with Mine Dogucu

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We often talk about applying Bayesian statistics on this podcast. But how do we teach them? What’s the best way to introduce them from a young age and make sure the skills students learn in the stats class are transferable?

Well, lucky us, Mine Dogucu’s research tackles precisely those topics!

An Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Statistics at University of California Irvine, Mine is both an educator with an interest in statistics, and an applied statistician with experience in educational research.

Her work focuses on modern pedagogical approaches in the statistics curriculum, making data science education more accessible. In particular, she teaches an undergraduate Bayesian course, and is the coauthor of the upcoming book Bayes Rules! An Introduction to Bayesian Modeling with R.

In other words, Mine is not only interested in teaching, but also in how best to teach statistics – how to engage students in remote classes, how to get to know them, how to best record and edit remote courses, etc. She writes about these topics on her blog, DataPedagogy.com.

She also works on accessibility and inclusion, as well as a study that investigates how popular Bayesian courses are at the undergraduate level in the US — that should be fun to talk about!

Mine did her Master’s at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and then her PhD in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement at Ohio State University.

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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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.

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