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CVRS in 2010 Report

Perhaps more than I ever wanted to know about the state of the birth and death registration system in South Africa circa 2010: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/CRVS/Technical%20report%20SADC%20final%20v2.pdf

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IHME Seminar: Tobacco 2025 Targets

The IHME weekly seminar kicked off for the quarter last week with Ver Bilano’s work on Estimation of recent trends in tobacco use and baseline projections to 2025. Ver used DisMod-MR extensively for this project, so I knew I was going to love it ahead of time.

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Summer’s End

2014-09-02 22.28.37There are new fellows running around, and classes are underway. I guess the summer is coming to an end. I wonder where it all went. No, I know where.

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Graduation Congratulations 2014

This is the season of graduation activities at IHME and UW. Congrats to my colleagues completing their fellowships!

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MCMC in Python: How to set a custom prior with joint distribution on two parameters in PyMC

Question and answer on Stackoverflow. Motivated by question and answer on CrossValidated about modeling incidence rates.

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IHME Seminar: Universal health coverage, equity, and health outcomes

Last week we had a talk from Rodrigo Moreno-Serra on Universal health coverage, equity, and health outcomes. This research used instrumental variables to show that universal health coverage is good for health. One day I will understand instrumental variables—I think there should be a simple way to explain it to combinatorialists who know some epidemiology.

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BigCLAM talk

My grad school colleague Jure Leskovec was at UW recently, talking about a cool new model for clusters in random graphs. It was part generative model, and part statistical model, and made me miss my grad school days when I spent long hours proving theorems about such things. This statistical part of his model has a very forced acronym: BigCLAM, and also a software implementation: https://github.com/snap-stanford/snap/tree/master/examples/bigclam

Maybe one day I’ll get to do some applied network research for global health, and have a chance to use this.

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