Author Archives: Brendon J. Brewer

About Brendon J. Brewer

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics at The University of Auckland. Any opinions expressed here are mine and are not endorsed by my employer.

Lyle Lovett – Flyin’ Shoes

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Jim – Faith No More cover

Just sharing a little recording of me playing guitar.

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More efficient than Nested Sampling!

This paper┬ánicely illustrates a genre I’ve seen a few times before. Pick a problem where there’s some symmetry or feature you can exploit to speed up the calculation, do so, and then compare it to Nested Sampling which doesn’t assume … Continue reading

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LBRY whitepaper released

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Videos: Intro to Probability and Bayes for (Astro)physicists

In late 2017 I went to ESAC in Madrid to do a winter school teaching basic statistics things to astronomers. I’ve presented similar material twice before, but I think it was better this time since I’ve learned more and there … Continue reading

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New favourite software

I’ve been into “alternative” computer software since I started using Linux as my main operating system in about 2005. The main reason has been convenience, as I got in the habit of developing on Linux and it would be hard … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing

I just met up with a new student of mine, and gave her some warmup questions to get familiar with some of the things we’ll be working on. This involved “differential entropy”, which is basically Shannon entropy but for continuous … Continue reading

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