Episode 1

#1 Bayes, open-source and bioinformatics, with Osvaldo Martin

What do you get when you put a physicist, a biologist and a data scientist in the same body? Well, you’re about to find out… 

In this episode you’ll meet Osvaldo Martin. Osvaldo is a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina and is notably the author of the book Bayesian Analysis with Python, whose second edition was published in December 2018. 

He also teaches bioinformatics, data science and Bayesian data analysis, and is a core developer of PyMC3 and ArviZ, and recently started contributing to Bambi. Originally a biologist and physicist, Osvaldo trained himself to python and Bayesian methods – and what he’s doing with it is pretty amazing!

We also touch on how accepted are Bayesian methods in his field, which models he’s currently working on, and what it’s like to be an open-source developer.

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com!

Links from the show:

  • Bayesian Analysis with Python, 2nd edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HHBCR9G
  • Bayesian Analysis with Python, code repository; https://github.com/aloctavodia/BAP
  • Osvaldo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aloctavodia
  • PyMC3, Probabilistic Programming in Python: https://docs.pymc.io/
  • ArviZ, Exploratory analysis of Bayesian models: https://arviz-devs.github.io/arviz/
  • BAyesian Model-Building Interface (BAMBI) in Python: https://bambinos.github.io/bambi/

About the Podcast

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Learning Bayesian Statistics
A podcast on Bayesian inference - the methods, the projects and the people who make it possible!

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Alexandre ANDORRA

Hi! I'm your host, Alex Andorra. By day, I'm a Bayesian modeler at the PyMC Labs consultancy. By night, I don't (yet) fight crime, but I'm an open-source enthusiast and core contributor to the awesome Python packages PyMC and ArviZ.

An always-learning statistician, I love building models and studying elections and human behavior. I also love Nutella a bit too much, but I don't like talking about it – I prefer eating it.

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