An interesting exchange has been going on regarding the GBD 2010 estimates of deaths due to HIV, published as part of our GBD work last December, along with mortality estimates for 234 other causes of death. The UNAIDS reference group comment, and my colleagues respond.
A recent question on the PyMC mailing list inspired me to make a really inefficient version of the Naive Bayes classifier. Enjoy.
I’m quite taken with the Software Carpentry approach to teaching scientists computer skills, especially since I saw it in action in UW a few months ago. One aspect that I’ve been trying out for my own course is the “mastery table” approach that the Software Carpentry Instructor Study Groups use. Here is a mastery table for teaching version control. I have made a few of my own, but I don’t think I said enough for any novice to leave competent, according to my ambitions. I will keep trying.
We’ve selected a locally grown paper for discussion in journal club this week, India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer programme to increase births in health facilities: an impact evaluation, by Lim et al, with a focus on the methods: the paper has “used three analytical approaches (matching, with-versus-without comparison, and differences in differences) to assess the effect of JSY on antenatal care, in-facility births, and perinatal, neonatal, and maternal deaths.”
I was playing around with SPARQL queries and the semantic web earlier this year, inspired in part by a contest I entered. Well, the good news came out that my project was second runner-up! Of course, I would like to be first place, but the projects that beat mine were both really cool. Information Week did a nice story on all of us.
Posters and talks have been accepted for the Global Health Metrics and Evaluation 2013 Conference! Would you like to see what some oral presentations in 2011 looked like?