Sunday, 2 February 2014

Eco-Stats Paper of the Year, 2013

We just had our second annual paper of the year competition, highlighting papers that made an impression to UNSW Eco-Stats researchers over the previous year.  Papers were supposed to be in print in 2013, but this was interpreted generously. And the nominees are...
but the winner is... Illian et al (2012), "Fitting complex ecological point process models with integrated nested Laplace approximation", Methods in Ecology and Evolution, showing how a funky approximation technique (INLA) which is all the rage can be used to compute Bayesian posteriors and hence make inferences about fancy point process models that would be difficult to fit otherwise. Keeps most of the technical stuff to appendices, so some meaty stuff is there but the paper remains accessible to a broad audience.

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