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IHME Seminar: Bayesian reconstruction: estimating past populations and vital rates by age with uncertainty in a variety of data-quality contexts

A recent IHME seminar by Mark Wheldon described a Bayesian approach to estimating past populations and vital rates by age. I like this stuff. The talk is online, and there is a CSSS working paper on it, too: http://www.csss.washington.edu/Papers/wp117.pdf

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IHME Seminar: Sienna Craig on Fertility variation and child survivorship among Tibetan women from northern Nepal

Tomorrow we have our weekly seminar at IHME, and I’m getting ahead of the curve in mentioning it here. We will hear from Sienna Craig on maternal and child health above 10,000 feet for over 10,000 years. Insert jokes about how that is a long time to be so high. If you are not here in person, you can view the talk online: http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/news-events/seminar/fertility-variation-and-child-survivorship-among-tibetan-women-northern-nepal-bi

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IHME Seminar: Caleb Banta-Green on Drugs in Toilet Water

I’m catching up on all the happenings around IHME while I was busy last quarter, and here is the one where information technology served me the best. The Wednesday seminar from Oct 30 was a particularly cool approach to finding out about “hidden health behaviors” from waste water monitoring, like if there is more psychostimulant use in urban or rural settings.

It is the one where information technology served me the best because I was traveling when this seminar happened, and I watched it in a live broadcast online when I couldn’t fall asleep in Geneva. Yay technology. You can watch it now, too, in archived form. Yay, again.

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IHME Seminar: Ziad Obermeyer on Improving Prognosis

This week we heard from Ziad Obermeyer, a former IHMEer, and current Harvard prof and ER doc, about using big data to understand costs and improve predictions in the health system. And he didn’t say “big data” the whole time. Perhaps the video will appear here.

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IHME Seminar: Emily Fox on Bayesian Dynamic Modeling

This week we had a seminar on Bayesian Dynamic Modeling from UW Stats professor Emily Fox. The video is archived here! This talk had some of the most successful embedded video that I’ve seen in a talk. I don’t think it made it into the video perfectly, though, so imagine dancing honeybees while you watch.

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IHME Seminar: Captricity

We had a live-streamed seminar at IHME this week! I’m very excited to hear that it worked. The talk was good, too.

We heard from Kuang Chen, the founder and CEO of Captricity (http://captricity.com/), about how this “beyond OCR” approach to data entry went from academic research to a Silicon Valley startup. To show off what they can do, Captricity has a number of cool datasets that they have transformed from unsearchable PDFs into well-groomed csv files. For example, the USA 1940 census: https://shreddr.captricity.com/opendata/1940-census/

I could see using this service in my future, maybe for a VA survey or something similar. But what really grabbed me was the datasets they are making available. Their data gallery a place I’ll be watching: https://shreddr.captricity.com/opendata/

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