New stuff in BCEA

After my talks in Barcelona, I have started thinking about potential improvements or changes, mostly to do in BCEA — I got some nice comments from quite a few people, some of whom were asking for some tweaks or extra facilities. Obviously, I’ve not prioritised any of those requests… But: I did think a bit and finally found some time to work on something that I think may be rather useful, particuarly in helping people standardise their workflow using R in health economics.

survHE new release

I have just submitted a revised version of survHE on CRAN — it should be up very shortly. This will be version 1.0.64 and its main feature is a major restructuring in the way the rstan/HMC stuff works. Basically, this is due to a change in the default C++ compiler. I don’t think much will change in terms of how survHE works when running full Bayesian models using HMC, but R now compiles it without problems.

WoRkshop in ToRonto

Petros and his colleagues at DARTH have organised a workshop on Decision Modeling in R, in Toronto (Canada) — the exact dates are 5-7 December 2018. Here’s Petros’ original advert We are excited to announce that the Decision Analysis in R for Technologies in Health (DARTH) workgroup, in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children and partnering institutions, will be giving a 3-day workshop on Decision modeling using R in Toronto, Canada!

More health economics in R

Nathan Green has alerted/invited me to another workshop aimed at increasing the use of R in Health Economics. He and I had some discussion in the past few months and especially around the time we were running our workshop back in July. The “scoping” workshop at Imperial has also a very interesting set up — all the details are here. I am also summarising the headlines below. A one day workshop will be held at Imperial College London to identify limitations in existing software for economic evaluations, and scope opportunities for using the statistical software language R.

survHE update

Because I have been preparing an extended presentation on (Bayesian) survival analysis in health economic evaluation, I took the opportunity to make some tweaks to survHE — nothing major, but I was aware of couple of imprecisions in the code or things I wanted to make a bit better, so while I was knitring my slides, I made the changes. As soon as I get a moment, I’ll also update my repository (which can be used to update the package), but for now, I’ve uploaded the changes on GitHub, so the development version (1.

Sleek & Shiny

I was trying to find an apt image to accompany this post, but googling “sleek and shiny” mostly brought up images of women with ridiculously, well, sleek and shiny hair (and magical products to achieve just that), which has nothing to do with what I want to talk about here (not that this has ever stopped me including pics that have nothing to do with the actual post, of course…).

R in HTA workshop

Today we’ve had our workshop on “R for trial and model-based cost-effectiveness analysis”, at UCL. I really enjoyed the whole day — we had several interesting presentations and very lively discussion. In fact, all presenters have agreed to make their slides available, which I’ll put on the workshop webpage. One of the cool outputs is actually that we’ll use that webpage as some sort of “meta-repository”; many people have presented their work and their own GitHub repository with code and documentation.

R for trial and model-based cost-effectiveness analysis

11 July 2018, University College London Venue: Room G13 in 1-19 Torrington Place, University College London, United Kingdom. Background and objectives This one-day workshop on the use of R for trial and model-based cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) is jointly organised by a consortium of researchers at various institutions (UCL, University of York, University of Oxford and Bangor University), led by the MRC Hubs for Trials and Methodology and Research Conduct-II.

Summer school: Bayesian methods in health economics

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Almost full

We’re getting closer to the deadline for registration to our summer school. There are some more places available, though and we are actually keeping the process very “informal”. So that we’ll probably allow people to keep registering (if we have still rooms, which we do for now) until later in May — I think around mid-May. The registration page is here. Interestingly enough, we seem to have attracted some interest from very far: we have a few participants coming all the way from Australia!