Hi all, my name is Vianey Leos Barajas and I’m a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University, with a primary research interest in topics related to statistical ecology. I’ve used Stan for a few years and have noticed that there’s quite a bit of interest in learning Stan in the community in general (statistical ecology/general ecology).
In order to foster a community of Stan users in the (stat) ecology world, what would you all recommend? Is there the possibility of having a domain-specific Stan resource page? Having a centralized location to submit small case studies or Stan code for models typically used in ecology, along with data examples, would be really beneficial. I know that case studies already exist, but having something more ecology-focused would be great. I can’t speak for others, but I would certainly be willing to spend time forming this community (and I imagine there are others that would do this as well). Having a basic template of how to put together case studies might help others understand how to contribute as well (just a thought).
Other software has made quite a bit of inroads into this community by giving workshops/tutorials at ecology events, the latest being at the wildlife society meeting. One of the ecology PhD students here that attended the conference returned and proclaimed that Nimble was the way to go and much faster than Stan, from what he had learned at a workshop.
From what I’ve seen, there’s a lot of interest and a group of people that are already using Stan heavily. I’d love to be able to foster that community somehow, especially in the months before our major conference next summer (at which Dan Simpson and Andrew MacDonald will be giving a short course): http://www.isec2020.org/training-program#ShortCourses.