Discussion board

We will try to answer any questions you have about our books and our online R course. Please refrain from asking consultancy questions about your own data. To ask a question, click on a forum and then on 'New Post'.
  1. David Gallay
  2. Discussion forum for the 'Online R course' and 'Beginner's Guide to R' book
  3. Wednesday, 25 April 2018
I'm using your book as a supplement to my undergraduate Bayesian course. I'm currently using jags. I just wonder if continuing with jags in the fall semester will serve my students well.
Responses (1)
Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
Dear David,

JAGS requires a steep learning curve....but learning it is doable for average-numerate biologists. Now...if you label JAGS as 'steep learning curve'...I don't know how you would label the learning curve for STAN. It is more difficult.

If anything....add INLA to the toolbox of your students! You would do them a much bigger favour with that then adding STAN. And maybe give them a flavor of STAN. But this is my own experience with teaching R, JAGS, MCMC, INLA and stats. But on the other hand...if you manage to teach your students Bayesian stats, MCMC, STAN and INLA...and they understand it, then they are very lucky students to have such a good curriculum. But it is ambitious.

Kind regards,
  • Page :
  • 1

There are no replies made for this post yet.
Be one of the first to reply to this post!
Submit Your Response
Upload files or images for this discussion by clicking on the upload button below. Supports gif,jpg,png,jpeg,zip,rar,pdf
• Insert • Remove Upload Files (Maximum File Size: 2 MB)
To protect the site from bots and unauthorized scripts, we require that you enter the captcha codes below before posting your question.