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Bayesian Data Analysis Colloquium Scheduled

Fargo, N.D. — The Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience and the NDSU Department of Psychology will hold a two-day workshop on Bayesian data analysis, presented by John K. Kruschke, professor of psychological and brain sciences and adjunct professor of statistics at Indiana University. The workshop is set for Thursday and Friday, March 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Reimer’s Room at the McGovern Alumni Center.
The two-day event begins with “Bayesian Estimation Supersedes the T Test,” an introductory talk about the benefits of Bayesian data analysis and how it compares to 20th century null-hypothesis significance testing. Kruschke also will discuss how Bayesian analysis software functions. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater. 

Following the colloquium, Kruschke will hold a hands-on workshop on how to do Bayesian data analysis with R and JAGS free software. This workshop is considered ideal for researchers who want a ground-floor introduction to Bayesian data analysis. No specific mathematical or statistical expertise is presumed. 

Kruschke is a seven-time winner of Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University. His research interests include the science of moral judgment, applications of Bayesian methods to teaching and learning, and models of attention in learning, which he has developed in both connectionist and Bayesian formalisms. He has written an introductory textbook on Bayesian data analysis. 

The workshop is free of charge. Space is limited to the first 75 people who register. 

For more information or to register, visit or contact Mark Nawrot at

The workshop and colloquium are made possible by the support of the Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, College of Science and Mathematics, NDSU Graduate School, Distance and Continuing Education, Human Development and Family Science and the Office of the Provost. 

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private research universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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