StanCon 2017

StanCon 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Davis Auditorium Columbia University New York, NY 10027

Contributed talks:

The contributed talks at StanCon are based on interactive, self-contained notebooks, such as knitr or Jupyter, and will take the place of proceedings. Clicking on the title of a talk in the schedule below will take you to the generated PDF or HTML file for the notebook. Next to the link to each notebook there is also a link to the video of the corresponding presentation at StanCon. The source code for the notebooks, supplementary materials, and the slides presented at the conference are also available in a separate repository on GitHub:


7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration and breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening statements
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Dev talk:
     Andrew Gelman:
     "untitled" (watch video)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Contributed talks:
  1. Jonathan Auerbach, Rob Trangucci:
    Twelve Cities: Does lowering speed limits save pedestrian lives? (watch video)
  2. Milad Kharratzadeh:
    Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of the English Premier League (watch video)
  3. Victor Lei, Nathan Sanders, Abigail Dawson:
    Advertising Attribution Modeling in the Movie Industry (watch video)
  4. Woo-Young Ahn, Nate Haines, Lei Zhang:
    hBayesDM: Hierarchical Bayesian modeling of decision-making tasks (watch video)
  5. Charles Margossian, Bill Gillespie:
    Differential Equation Based Models in Stan (watch video)
Presenter Bios
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Dev talk:
     Michael Betancourt:
     "Everything You Should Have Learned About Markov Chain Monte Carloā€¯ (watch video)
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Stretch break
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Contributed talks:
  1. Teddy Groves:
    How to Test IRT Models Using Simulated Data (watch video)
  2. Bruno Nicenboim, Shravan Vasishth:
    Models of Retrieval in Sentence Comprehension (watch video)
  3. Rob Trangucci:
    Hierarchical Gaussian Processes in Stan (watch video)
  4. Nathan Sanders, Victor Lei:
    Modeling the Rate of Public Mass Shootings with Gaussian Processes (watch video)
Presenter Bios
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Mingling and coffee
4:45 PM - 5:40 PM Q&A Panel
5:40 PM - 6:00 PM Closing remarks:
     Bob Carpenter:
     "Where is Stan Going Next?"


Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for making StanCon 2017 happen!

Columbia University Data Science Institute
facebook research
Metrum Research Group
Real Capital Analytics
Stan Group Inc


  • Michael Betancourt (Columbia University)
  • Tamara Broderick (MIT)
  • Jonah Gabry (Columbia University)
  • Andrew Gelman (Columbia University)
  • Ben Goodrich (Columbia University)
  • Daniel Lee (Columbia University)
  • Eric Novik (Stan Group Inc)
  • Lizzie Wolkovich (Harvard University)