Module dates/times: Wednesday, July 11, 1:30-5 p.m.; Thursday, July 12, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a working knowledge of the R computing environment. Programming will be in R. Students new to R should complete a tutorial before the module. This module assumes knowledge of the material in Module 1: Probability and Statistical Inference, though not necessarily from taking that module.
This module is an introduction to Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. The course includes a general introduction to Bayesian statistics, Monte Carlo, and MCMC. Some relevant facts from the Markov chain theory are reviewed. Algorithms include Gibbs sampling and Metropolis-Hastings. A practical introduction to convergence diagnostics is included. Motivating practical examples range from generic toy problems to infectious disease applications, which include chain-binomial and general epidemic models. A hierarchical model will be covered. The module will alternate between lectures and computer labs. Individuals already familiar with MCMC methods and knowledge of R programming should consider MCMC II.
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