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Bay Area Bayesians Unite!

-1 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 October 2007 12:07AM

Robin Hanson has his fellow GMU economists to talk to, but I'm not associated with a university and I live way out in the boondocks: the echoing emptiness of, er, Silicon Valley.

Overcoming Bias gets over 2000 visitors per day.  Surely some of you are from the Bay Area.  Would you be interested in a Bay Area meetup of Overcoming Bias readers?

Polls after the jump.
If you're interested at all, please vote in at least the closest-city poll.
Polls will be processed for a best-compromise value, not a binding modal result.
If I get at least 30 responses, I'll start looking into meetup locations.

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Comment author: alex4 28 October 2007 02:06:47AM 0 points [-]

you should always have a dummy option in public internet polls. This will help weed out those who just *have* to vote, even if the choices are not applicable to them ;-)

Comment author: Brandon_Reinhart 28 October 2007 02:25:06AM 0 points [-]

As Alex says, just add an option for "lol, wut?" to every poll to weed out people who might otherwise vote randomly for the hell of it. :P

Should be an Austin, TX meet up. It's like the Bay Area, but a hell of a lot more affordable :)

Comment author: Doug_S. 28 October 2007 04:05:02AM 0 points [-]

I live within driving distance of New York City. I do not plan to attend any such event in California in person.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 October 2007 04:13:47AM 0 points [-]

I was only proposing an informal meetup, not an international conference.

Comment author: Robin_Hanson2 28 October 2007 01:20:37PM 0 points [-]

I do as Eliezer says have my GMU colleagues to talk to, but even so we might consider having a DC area meetup sometime. Maybe we should see how the Bay Area version turns out first.

Comment author: Alex5 28 October 2007 03:27:54PM 0 points [-]

Central Ohio anyone?

It's a lot like the Bay Area, or Austin, except well...

ok I'm deluding myself - it's not at all like the Bay Area or Austin.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 28 October 2007 05:56:56PM 0 points [-]

While we're at it... central North Carolina?

Comment author: Bob3 28 October 2007 09:11:37PM 0 points [-]

At the risk of revealing my ignorance, at a meeting of Bayesians, who would do the talking? I would attend Eliezer's gathering just to observe and absorb.

Comment author: Michael_M._Butler 29 October 2007 02:51:49AM 0 points [-]

I'm up in Sonoma County -- how about something teleconferenced via Skype, or something multipoint?

Comment author: Richard_Hollerith2 29 October 2007 04:18:52AM 0 points [-]

Butler, I'm near Sonoma Cy. Send me an email sometime.

Comment author: Pete_Carlton 29 October 2007 04:38:28AM 0 points [-]

Looks like there had been 52 responses before me.. I hope I am free to attend (I'm in Berkeley..)

Comment author: Recovering_irrationalist 29 October 2007 02:50:01PM 0 points [-]

A long way off yet... but given the hopefully growing correlation, how about another one at the time and town of the next Singularity Summit?

Comment author: Gustavo_Lacerda 30 October 2007 03:22:20AM 0 points [-]

Nick: Look at http://www.stat.duke.edu/ . To paraphrase two CMU statisticians at once: if Bayesianism is a cult, Duke is its Sodom & Gomorrah.

Coincidentally or not: my blog and this blog are the first two Google hits to bayesian+sodom+and+gomorrah

Comment author: hoffmang 31 October 2007 09:29:51PM 0 points [-]

If we are 15 or less, I can volunteer my companies offices in Foster City.


Comment author: Mike_K 02 November 2007 03:38:22PM 0 points [-]

What about a Boston/Cambridge-area meetup? This seems to be another area that would be appropriate for such a thing. Though, of course, no OB writers are from around here afaik.