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Workshops

There will be four workshops in ecological statistics held immediately prior to the conference. Two of these will be held at Finse Alpine Research Center and the other two will be held at the conference venue. Note that some workshops have limits on the number of participants. Participants for any of the Finse workshops are asked to read the Practical information for the Finse workshops before registering.

Workshop title Venue Dates
AD Model Builder Finse 30 June - 1 July
Hierarchcal modelling and R-package 'unmarked' - FULL! Finse 2 July
Population genetics and statistics Sundvollen 2 - 3 July
Model selection Sundvollen 3 July

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Time and place: Jul 3, 2012 09:00 AM - 11:59 AM, Sundvolden Hotel

By Nils Lid Hjort, University of Oslo

Participant fee: 300 NOK, including coffee/tea (participants must book their own accomodation)

Material for the workshop

 

Given a data set, you can fit thousands of models at the push of a button, but how do you choose the best? With so many candidate models, overfitting is a real danger. Is the monkey who typed Hamlet actually a good writer? Choosing a model is central to all statistical work with data. We have seen rapid advances in model fitting and in the theoretical understanding of model selection. Model choice criteria are explained, discussed and compared, including the AIC, BIC, DIC and also the Focused Information Criterion developed by Claeskens and me. The uncertainties involved with model selection are tackled, with discussions of frequentist and Bayesian methods; model averaging schemes are presented. This short workshop will be in the form of lectures with emphasis on intuitive understanding and practical considerations, illustrated by case studies.

This workshop may be combined with the workshops at Finse. Note, however, that it can only be combined with the 'Hierarchical modelling and R-package unmarked' workshop if one travels from Finse to Sundvollen with the night train (leaves at 01:38) or if one skips dinner at Finse and takes a taxi from Hønefoss to Sundvollen (leave Finse at 19:00).

Time and place: Jul 2, 2012 09:00 AM - Jul 3, 2012 12:00 PM, Sundvolden Hotel

By Rachel Fewster and Arnaud Le Rouzic

Participant fee: 800 NOK, including lunch, dinner and coffee/tea (but not accommodation). Limited to 30 participants.

This workshop is an introduction to genetic data for statisticians and quantitative ecologists. No previous knowledge of genetics is assumed.

It is possible to combine this workshop with the AD model builder workshop at Finse.

Time and place: Jul 2, 2012, Finse Alpine Research Centre

By Andy Royle and Richard Chandler, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Participant fee: 900 NOK, including full board accomodation at Finse Alpine Research Center. Limited to 25 participants.This workshop is now full! 

Using the R package 'unmarked', this one-day course introduces key hierarchical models used in the analysis of abundance and species occurrence.

This workshop may be combined with the AD Model builder workshop. It can only be combined with the Model Selection workshop if one travels from Finse to Sundvollen with the night train (leaves at 01:38) or if one skips dinner at Finse and takes a taxi from Hønefoss to Sundvollen (leave Finse at 19:00).

Time and place: Jun 30, 2012 - Jul 1, 2012, Finse Alpine Research Centre

By Mark Maunder, Hans Skaug and Anders Nielsen

Participant fee: 1600 NOK, including full board accomodation at Finse Alpine Research Center. Limited to 25 participants.

This course targets quantitative ecologists, and students who need to handle nonlinear statistical models (both frequentist and Bayesian). AD Model Builder (admb-project.org) is highly efficient, freely available software for implementing non-linear statistical models.

This workshop may be combined with the other workshop at Finse or one of the two workshops at Sundvollen.