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Presentation 3F4. Software for Teaching Bayesian Statistics

Hedibert Lopes (Brazil)


Presentation Abstract
Teaching Bayesian statistics to statisticians or college students with majors in mathematics and/or statistics is already an extraordinary challenge, especially when the statistics departments are essentially non-Bayesians. Add to that the difficulties of transmitting Bayesian thoughts in service courses and in environments where the students cannot purchase statistical software, expensive textbooks and most have stereotyped ideas of what statistics is.

In this talk we will focus on statistical packages like O'Hagan's First Bayes, the BUGS project and the R project, that have come to facilitate the instructor's life by allowing him/her to introduce several Bayesian statistical procedures in a fairly easy and cheap (for free!) way.

Experiences from other Brazilian researchers and instructors that teach Bayesian statistics to biologists, physicians, engineers and economists, among many other fields will also be discussed.


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