Category Archives: Zoology, Epidemiology, & Clinical Trials

Moving to Zoology …

Finally I can announce here that (modulo the uncertain visa process) I will soon be moving even further from my astronomy roots, taking up a geostatistical/epidemiological modelling position in Zoology at Oxford University.  Some of my friends and colleagues have … Continue reading

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Chlamydia in the news again …

Interesting to see the Australian chlamydia rate making news again; this time as motivation for a proposal to allow “patient-delivered partner therapy” (i.e., if you test positive for the bug at your GP she gives you an extra pack of … Continue reading

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Interviewing for Academic Jobs: Swiss Style

I had an interesting experience a few weeks ago with a job interview for an academic institute concerned with health studies in Switzerland.  After being told how wonderfully keen they were to interview me in person after what seemed like … Continue reading

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Slowest adoption of Bayesian inference techniques ever …

So I have a candidate for the slowest adoption of basic ideas in Bayesian inference and it doesn’t come from astronomy … hooray!  In fact, this one comes from meta-analysis in clinical research; and in particular with regard to the … Continue reading

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Propensity score matching in astronomy …

A fairly common technique in astronomical data analysis is to estimate the impact of some particular physical process on a nominated observable (e.g. the impact of AGN activity on host spheroid SFR) from the difference between the mean value of … Continue reading

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