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.

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Social media is a flawed concept

I enjoyed this critique on the Lunduke Show, which I found via LBRY. https://spee.ch/@Lunduke:e/social-media-is-a-flawed-concept

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Types and Jaynes’s ‘Mind Projection Fallacy’

Ed Jaynes frequently criticised what he called the mind projection fallacy. This is the implicit assumption that our concepts of, say, gaussianity, randomness, and so on, reflect properties of to be found “out there in nature”, whereas they often reside … Continue reading

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That’s not what I meant…

A lot of my research over the years has involved fitting images. Usually, I use the traditional assumption that the conditional prior for the data pixels given the model pixels is iid normal with mean zero. But in some cases … Continue reading

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Wasteful products

A relative of mine recently remarked that consumer products involving less waste (that is, less plastic packaging and so on) usually cost more. The same is true when you compare electric cars to petrol cars, and I’m sure you can … Continue reading

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Some software I’ve been working on

Hi everyone. I’ve recently been expanding my computational horizons and it has helped me to put some of my trans-dimensional Bayesian inference codes for astronomy into a more usable state for others, with configuration files in YAML, nonzero documentation (though … Continue reading

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DNest4 version 0.2.0

G’day everyone. This post is to update you on some work I’ve been doing (along with some collaborators, notably João Faria) on DNest4. So, you’ll likely only care if you’re a user of that package. There have been enough additions … Continue reading

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