Spatial Modelling with INLA Workshop

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A Workshop will be held in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, from 2nd – 4th June 2014.

Overview

Integrated nested Laplacian approximation (INLA) facilitates the fitting of a large range of complex statistical  models by dramatically reducing computation time.

This three day workshop discusses how spatial models may be fitted with INLA using the package R-INLA.   We discuss a wide range of different types of spatial models, in particular complex spatial models, spatial point process models and hierarchical models. We will also introduce the participants to flexible spatial modelling methods using the SPDE approach to spatial modelling and provide an outlook to recent developments. Data examples will mainly be related to ecological studies but the course is equally relevant to researchers from other fields and in-depth knowledge of ecology is not expected.

Teaching will be a combination of lectures, computer sessions and discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data set but this is not a requirement.

The programme (lectures and practicals) will include:

  • a general introduction to integrated nested Laplacian approximation (INLA)
  • how to fit simple (non-spatial models) in R- INLA
  • an overview of types of spatial models and examples
  • examples of simple spatial models in R-INLA
  • more complex spatial models, joint models, marked point patterns, models with multivariate RFs
  • examples of complex spatial models in R-INLA (all + some demonstrators)

There will be ample opportunity for:

  • hands-on practical exercises
  • feedback/ questions and answers
  • time for discussion of participants’ data sets in groups

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data set but this is not a requirement.

For more information about the workshop content please contact Janine Illian

We will be updating the website regularly.

Instructors

Draft Schedule

A copy of the draft schedule is available here.

Location and Travel Information

For location and travel information is available here.

Accommodation information is available here.

Registration and Payment

The number of participants on each workshop will be  restricted to 35.

Places will be filled on a first-come, first served basis on the receipt of a completed registration form and payment in full.

Enquiries

Please contact:
Rhona Rodger
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens
St. Andrews
Scotland KY16 9LZ
Tel:+44 1334 461842
Fax: +44 1334 461800
Email: rmr5@st-andrews.ac.uk