Let’s be honest: evolution is awesome! I started reading Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, by Jonathan Losos, and I’m utterly fascinated.
So I’m thrilled to welcome Florian Hartig on the show. Florian is a professor of Theoretical Ecology at the University of Regensburg, Germany. His research concentrates on theory, computer simulations, statistical methods and machine learning in ecology & evolution. He is also interested in open science and open software development, and maintains, among other projects, the R packages DHARMa and BayesianTools.
Among other things, we talked about approximate Bayesian computation, best practices when building models and the big pain points that remain in the Bayesian pipeline.
Most importantly, Florian’s main hobbies are whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, badminton and playing the guitar.
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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Links from the show:
- Florian’s website: https://theoreticalecology.wordpress.com/
- Florian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/florianhartig
- Florian on GitHub: https://github.com/florianhartig
- DHARMa — Residual Diagnostics for Hierarchical Regression Models: https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/DHARMa/index.html
- BayesianTools — General-Purpose MCMC and SMC Samplers and Tools for Bayesian Statistics: https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/BayesianTools/index.html
- Statistical inference for stochastic simulation inference — theory and application: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01640.x
- ArviZ plot rank function: https://arviz-devs.github.io/arviz/api/generated/arviz.plot_rank.html
- Rank-normalization, folding, and localization — An improved R-hat for assessing convergence of MCMC: https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.08008
- LBS #51 Bernoulli’s Fallacy & the Crisis of Modern Science, with Aubrey Clayton: https://www.learnbayesstats.com/episode/51-bernoullis-fallacy-crisis-modern-science-aubrey-clayton
- LBS #50 Ta(l)king Risks & Embracing Uncertainty, with David Spiegelhalter: https://www.learnbayesstats.com/episode/50-talking-risks-embracing-uncertainty-david-spiegelhalter
- LBS #44 Building Bayesian Models at scale, with Rémi Louf: https://www.learnbayesstats.com/episode/44-bayesian-models-at-scale-remi-louf
- LBS #35 The Past, Present & Future of BRMS, with Paul Bürkner: https://www.learnbayesstats.com/episode/35-past-present-future-brms-paul-burkner
- LBS #29 Model Assessment, Non-Parametric Models, And Much More, with Aki Vehtari: https://www.learnbayesstats.com/episode/model-assessment-non-parametric-models-aki-vehtari
- Improbable Destinies — Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33357463-improbable-destinies