5th Annual Summer Institute in Statistics for Clinical Research (SISCR)

Module 15: Bayesian Methods for Clinical Research: Introduction

Session 4: Thu Jul 26

Module date/time: Thursday, July 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

This module provides an introduction to Bayesian methods for biomedical research. Specifically, we discuss the Bayesian paradigm introducing the subjective interpretation of probability; Bayes Theorem; and prior, posterior and predictive distributions. We contrast the Bayesian and frequentist approaches using simple biomedical problems including diagnostic testing and design and monitoring of clinical trials, among others.

This module uses a number of R packages to illustrate the application of Bayesian methods to analyze independent data.

Pre-requisite: introductory course in statistics/biostatistics; linear regression; familiarity with R/RStudio.

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