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Introduction to Bayesian Methods in Clinical Research [ESP68]
Monday to Friday (full days)
From 8:45 till 16:00
Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL
Basic statistics, experience with regression models, experience with R.
Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail.
Laptop is required.
E. Lesaffre and A. Lawson
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2012
Detailed information about this course:
Faculty: Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre, PhD
This course provides an introduction to Bayesian methods with an emphasis on the intuitive ideas and applications. The course treats the basic concepts of the Bayesian approach, such as the prior and posterior distribution and their summary measures (mean, median, credible interval, etc), the posterior predictive distribution. In addition, Bayesian methods for model selection and model evaluation will be treated.
The Bayesian approach will also be compared, both conceptually as well as practically, with the classical frequentist approach. Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques are introduced and exemplified in a variety of applications. The Bayesian approach will be illustrated in clinical trials, epidemiological studies, meta-analyses, diagnostic testing, agreement studies, etc. WinBUGS and OpenBUGS will be used as software. But also the use of their interfaces with R, i.e. R2WinBUGS and R2OpenBUGS will be illustrated.
In the first three days of the course the Bayesian concepts will be explained. Theory and exercises will then be mixed depending on the topic. The final two days will be devoted to particular application areas and have largely a practical flavor. In addition the application of the Bayesian methodology in the medical literature will be highlighted.
Interactive lectures, exercises, practicals
- Understanding the Bayesian concepts, able to read medical papers that make use of the Bayesian approach.
- Be able to write a Win/OpenBUGS program for some basic statistical models.
Those interested in an alternative approach to analyze data from clinical research, public health research and epidemiology. It is strongly recommended that the participant has a good knowledge in classical statistics, including regression models. Experience with R is also recommended.