Pivoting posteriors

In Stan, when a parameter is declared as an array, the samples/draws data frame will have columns that use the [i] notation to denote the i-th element of the array. For example, suppose we had a model with two parameters – (\lambda_1) and a (\lambda_2). Instead of declaring them individually – e.g. lambda1 and lambda2, respectively – we may declare them as a single lambda array of size 2: parameters { real lambda[2]; } When we sample from that model, we will end up with samples for lambda[1] and lambda[2].

Probabilistic programming languages for statistical inference

Introduction This post was inspired by a question about JAGS vs BUGS vs Stan: right, that's what got me confused! so they.. do the same thing? @RallidaeRule — Andrew MacDonald 🌈 (@polesasunder) January 10, 2017 Explaining the differences would be too much for Twitter, so I’m just gonna give a quick explanation here. 2020-05-18 update: Coming from a background of statistical inference in the context of academia and research using R, where these have been the prevalent PPLs for quite some time, I admittedly have a bit of a blind spot for PyMC3.

Mostly-free resources for learning data science

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