Episode 26

#26 What you'll learn & who you'll meet at the PyMC Conference, with Ravin Kumar & Quan Nguyen

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to really miss traveling and just talking to people without having to think about masks, social distance and activating the covid tracking app on my phone. In the coming days, there is one event that, granted, won’t make all of that disappear, but will remind me how enriching it is to meet new people — this event is PyMCon, the first-ever conference about the PyMC ecosystem! To talk about the conference format, goals and program, I had the pleasure to host Ravin Kumar and Quan Nguyen on the show.

Quan is a PhD student in computer science at Washington University in St Louis, USA, researching Bayesian machine learning and one of the PyMCon program committee chairs. He is also the author of several programming books on Python and scientific computing.

Ravin is a core contributor to Arviz and PyMC, and is leading the PyMCon conference. He holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering. As a Principal Data Scientist he has used Bayesian Statistics to characterize and aid decision making at organizations like SpaceX and Sweetgreen. Ravin is also currently co-authoring a book with Ari Hartikainen, Osvaldo Martin, and Junpeng Lao on Bayesian Statistics due for release in February.

We talked about why they became involved in the conference, parsed through the numerous, amazing talks that are planned, and detailed who the keynote speakers will be… So, If you’re interested the link to register is in the show notes, and there are even two ways to get a free ticket: either by applying to a diversity scholarship, or by being a community partner, which is anyone or any organization working towards diversity and inclusion in tech — all links are in the show notes.

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

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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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