Does anyone have any good reference for beginners in WinBUGS about modeling?

I already have some familiarity with R, but I had never used R2WinBUGS before. I'm interested in making beta, beta rectangular, and simplex regression models.

Although I have found some ready-made templates codes, it is very difficult without some knowledge to understand how they work and make any kind of adaptation.

I also ask if there are already packages in the R for diagnostics of models made from BUGS, such as residual analysis.

EDIT: Can anyone explain to me the difference between WinBUGS and JAGS. I made some research and found it in some R2jags description

"model.file file containing the model written in BUGS code"

So the model in JAGS is writted in BUGS?


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Although WinBUGS made a monumental contribution and impact, and BUGS is still used by many people, it is IMHO sort of a legacy system, and many people now prefer JAGS. (Or, if you don't mind breaking away from BUGS/JAGS syntax, you can use Stan.)

For resources about BUGS, there is, of course, The BUGS Book. Notice it lists a lot of resources and references.

Or you could consult the 1st Edition of Doing Bayesian Data Analysis, but all of its scripts were converted to JAGS. For JAGS, there's the 2nd Edition of Doing Bayesian Data Analysis.

  • $\begingroup$ Is Stan better than Jags? $\endgroup$
    – user72621
    Apr 2, 2017 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ I don't need to know BUGS to write the model to use in JAGS? $\endgroup$
    – user72621
    Apr 2, 2017 at 23:31

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