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Bhutan Boot Camp
 
Stats Workshops:
Boot Camp
International
Bayes with JAGS
Simulations
Graphics
GIS with QGIS

"Boot Camp" in wildlife study design and data analysis

The 10-day "Boot Camp" is intended for those involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-recapture - or those who need to understand the results of this research. More details of content are here. See also the Boot Camp approach to learning stats and Who we are.

The Boot Camp in Bhutan, 11-23 September 2016, is now fully booked.
 

Sama Jaya, Kuching, 7-18 November 2016

Venue: Sama Jaya Nature Reserve, Kuching, Malaysia.

Dates: 7-9, 11-13 and 15-19 November 2016, 10 days with breaks on 10 and 14 November.

Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of RM290 for those who pay before 30 September 2016. BCSS is not registered for GST, so none will be levied.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

 

Akademi Hevea, Kuala Lumpur, 28 Nov-9 Dec 2016

Venue: Akademi Hevea, part of the Rubber Research Institute complex, Sungai Buloh, close to Subang airport.

Dates: 28-30 Nov, 2-4 and 6-9 Dec 2016, 10 days with breaks on 1 and 5 December.

Registration fee: MYR990 (US$255), with an early-bird rate of MYR780 (US$200) for those who pay before 30 September 2016. BCSS is not registered for GST, so none will be levied.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

Accommodation: Accommodation at Akademi Hevea Lodge for 13 nights (check-in 27 Nov, check-out 10 Dec) costs MYR1010 (US$260) per person for twin sharing or MYR1560 (US$400) for single occupancy. This includes dinner, supper, and breakfast. Bookings must go through BCSS and GST is not applicable.

 


Specialist workshops

Workshops on Charts and Graphs (in R) and GIS with QGIS and R will be held at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, in the second half of July. For information, please contact Dusit Ngoprasert at ndusit at gmail dot com.


Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

Bayesian analysis seems to be taking the world of ecological statistics by storm! Since 2009, more than 20 papers have appeared in the mainstream ecological literature (eg. Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Biological Conservation) which use Bayesian analysis methods and provide the code used to run the analysis in R or WinBUGS.

This workshop aims to get participants to the point where they can read and understand Bayesian analyses in the ecological literature, run the example code provided, and adapt it to suit their own models. Details of workshop content are here.

The next Bayesian analysis with JAGS workshop will likely be early in 2017.


Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R

Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for understanding what is happening around us. A commonly used application is QGIS, which is free, open-source, cross-platform software that is constantly updated for greater performance.

QGIS works on Macs and Linux, but the facilitators only have experience with Windows.

This workshop is intended for those who want to learn the basics of GIS but do not have access to proprietary software.

More details of the content are here.

The next QGIS workshop in Malaysia will likely be early in 2017.


Charts and Graphs (in R)

Some types of charts can be drawn in spreadsheet software (eg. MS Excel or LibreOffice Calc), but R offers both a greater range of chart types and more flexibility in adjusting chart details to meet the demands of journal editors. We will focus on the powerful base graphics package in R, and only refer briefly to other add-in packages.

Details of topics to be covered are here.

The next Charts and Graphs workshop will be late 2016 or early 2017.


Simulations and Modelling (in R)

Simulations are an important tool in study design. It enables you to explore different sample sizes and sampling strategies, to see how best to collect data to answer your research question. In addition, setting up simulations forces you to think through how the data might be generated, ie, to create a model of the system you are studying.

We'll be using the R programming language, which is ideal for building models and simulating data. You'll get more out of this workshop if you are already familiar with R. More...

The next Simulations and Modelling workshop in Malaysia will be late 2016 or early 2017.

 

Updated 14 August 2016 by Mike Meredith