"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things."
Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

Recent publications
  • Fokoue, E. (2004). Mixtures of Factor Analysers: An Extension with Covariates. Journal of Multivariate Analysis.  95, 370-384.
  • Fokoue, E. and Titterington, D. M. (2003). Mixtures of Factor Analysers: Bayesian Estimation and Inference by Stochastic Simulation. Machine Learning, 50, 73-94. Special issue on MCMC.
  •  Csato, L., Fokoue, E, Opper, M, Schottky, B., Winther, O. (2000). Efficient Approaches to Gaussian Process Classification. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 12, S. A. Solla, T. K. Leen, K.-R. Muller, eds., MIT Press, 2000.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Albert Einstein

Technical reports and work in progress
  • Fokoue, E. and Goel, P (2006). On Some Interesting Statistical Properties of the Relevance Vector Machine.
  • Fokoue, E. (2006).  A consistent and robust measure of variable importance.
  • Fokoue, E, (2005). Exact Sparse Factor Analysis
  • Fokoue, E. and Opper, M. (2005). Variational Mean Field for Gaussian Processes.
  • Fokoue, E., Goel, P and Sun, D (2004). A  prior for consistent Relevance Vector Estimation.
  • Fokoue, E. and Clarke, B (2004). Sequential Model List Selection for Optimal Prediction.
  • Fokoue, E. (2004). Bayesian Variable Selection via Prevalence Estimation.
  • Fokoue, E. (2004).   Estimation of the Intrinsic Dimensionality of Factor Analytic Models.
Interesting Statistical Journals

"Everyone engaged in research must have had the experience of working with feverish and prolonged intensity to write a paper which no one else will read or to solve a problem which no one else thinks important and which will bring no conceivable reward -- which may only confirm a general opinion that the researcher is wasting his time on irrelevancies."
Noam Chomsky (
A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, Language, 35, No. 1 (1959), 26-58)

 He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.  23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!  25 Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?  26 If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?  27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.   28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?   29 Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. 30 For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.   31 But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.
Luke 12, 22-31

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