Applied Statistics 2009
International Conference

September 20 - 23, 2009
Ribno (Bled), Slovenia

Next conference AS2010
September 19 - 22, 2010

Past conferences:
Applied Statistics 2008
Applied Statistics 2007

Applied Statistics 2006
Applied Statistics 2005
Applied Statistics 2004
Conferences before 2004



  Important dates

  Acceptance note
     Sent to authors
  Registration and
  hotel reservation
      July 1
  Reduced early
  payment fee

      July 15


Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)



Creating structured and flexible models:
some open problems

Andrew Gelman
Department of Statistics and Department of Political Science, Columbia University

A challenge in statistics is to construct models that are structured enough to be able to learn from data but not be so strong as to overwhelm the data.  We introduce the concept of "weakly informative priors" which contain important information but less than may be available for the given problem at hand.  We also discuss some related problems in developing general models for taxonomies and deep interactions.  We consider how these ideas apply to problems in social science and public health.

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