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Please help us to raise funds for the maintenance and development of BUGS
With your help we can strive to make BUGS more reliable as well as keeping up with methodological and computational advances. There is no obligation whatsoever to pay for BUGS; indeed, it is important to us that it remains free of charge. However, if you or your institution can afford it, we would be very grateful if you would donate the amount suggested below, per user:
A one-off donation of £20 to £50 per user (or whatever you can afford)...
... will go a long way towards helping us achieve our target of £120,000. The more money we raise, the longer we can keep supporting and developing the software!
Institutions may wish to donate on a different basis...
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As we are not a registered charity, we have to pay VAT (currently 20%) on any donations. We'd be very grateful if you would include this within your donation if you can -- it's like the opposite of gift aid!
Every single penny
of your donation (except for the tax) will be reinvested in the software, for the benefit of users. Aside from the numerous improvements that have led to the evolution of WinBUGS into OpenBUGS over recent years, the last year or so has seen the following experimental developments, to be incorporated into the release version of OpenBUGS as soon as is practicable:
- Support for truncated as well as censored distributions
- Parallel processing of multiple Markov chains
- More robust computation of DIC
- Methods for performing meta-analyses in two-stages
- Pharmacokinetic interface + functions (PKBugs)
- Reversible jump methods + improved interface for interpreting output
- Differential equations with uncertain inputs, including forcing functions
- Better documentation for both users and budding developers
Our funding target is projected to provide the same level of maintenance and development over the next five years. The following developments are examples of what we hope to achieve in the near future, although this is by no means an exhaustive list:
- Better interfaces for interpretation of model output
- Further exploitation of parallel processing techniques
- Generic methods for breaking complex analyses down into multiple stages
- Smoothly time-varying parameters in dynamical systems
- Better support for non-parametric methods, e.g. Gaussian-/Dirichlet-processes
- Improvements to and extensions of cut function
The BUGS project has been around for over 2 decades now. In that time the software has had a huge impact, internationally, on awareness and uptake of Bayesian methods in both academia and industry. The importance of the software has even been acknowledged in An International Review of U.K. Research in Mathematics. Over the years we have been funded by MRC, ESRC, EPSRC, AstraZeneca, Wellcome Trust and Pfizer. Whilst we are very grateful for this funding, the time has come, we believe, for BUGS to become self-sufficient. Please help us by donating to the project.
The BUGS Team