[talks] Bill Press speaking at PICASso today, 12:30
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Bill Press of "Numerical Recipes in C" speaking at PICASso today.
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** Program in Integrative Information, Computer and Application Sciences
** TALK TODAY -- Monday, November 24, 2008
Interdisciplinary Computational Seminars
TITLE: What Is a Statistical Model and When Do I Need One?
SPEAKER: Bill Press, CS, U. Texas
TIME: Monday, November 24, 2008
Seminar begins at 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided ~12:20)
LOCATION: Room 104, Computer Science, Princeton University
Whether by differential equations (ODEs or PDEs) or algebraic systems of
equations, computational science traffics mainly in deterministic models of
physical systems. While we sometimes make the mistake of thinking that the
model "is" the physical system, it is always only an abstract, and
approximate, representation. Statistical models are a different kind of
abstraction, not for the deterministic part of a system, but for how it
interacts with physical stochasticity and/or with Bayesian priors expressing
imperfect knowledge. This talk compares statistical and deterministic
models, using examples drawn from cosmology and bioinformatics.
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