In this workshop, plenary lectures provide the theoretical background of Bayesian statistics, and practical computer exercises teach you how to apply the popular JAGS and WinBUGS software to a wide range of different statistical models. After completing this workshop, you will have gained not only a new understanding of statistics, but also the technical skills to implement models that are appropriate for the substantive hypotheses that you seek to test.
Our first objective is for you to experience first-hand how a Bayesian approach to data analysis can improve inference and increase understanding. Our second objective is for you to obtain practical experience with JAGS or WinBUGS, easy-to-use computer programs that allow the user to implement all kinds of Bayesian models.
This workshop is meant for researchers who want to learn how to apply Bayesian inference in practice. Most applications we discuss are taken from the field of cognitive science. The workshop is based on the book Bayesian Cognitive Modeling: A practical course written by Michael Lee and Eric-Jan Wagenmakers. As the workshop covers a variety of topics within cognitive science and exercises of varying difficulty, the course material is appropriate for researchers with a wide range of prior knowledge and interests.
Although some basic knowledge of Bayesian inference is an advantage, this is not a prerequisite. In the course we use JAGS or WinBUGS (the choice is yours) in combination with R or Matlab (the choice is yours), and therefore some basic knowledge of either R or Matlab is also an advantage.
Although we can provide you with a PC with R, JAGS, and WinBUGS, we advise you to bring your own laptop. Note that Matlab is not available on the workshop PCs. Please make sure to have JAGS/WinBUGS and R/Matlab installed and running on your laptop before the first day. Mac and Linux users are advised to use JAGS instead of WinBUGS. Mac users who prefer to use WinBUGS are advised to have WinBUGS and WINE installed and tested in combination with R or Matlab (this can be quite difficult sometimes!). For some tips on installing WinBUGS on a Mac, see http://helensteingroever.com/.
Theory and Practice of Bayesian Hypothesis Testing: A JASP Workshop
Our workshop Theory and Practice of Bayesian Hypothesis Testing: A JASP Workshop takes place the week before. Sign up for both workshops now and receive a 100€ discount on the registration fee!
Call For Posters
Participants are invited to present a poster introducing their research topic. The poster session will be held on Friday (August 30) between 17.00-18.00 at the workshop venue.
Room JK B.11 (Building J/K)