My PC just passed away. My good old one since 2009… so I decided to buy a desktop computer running OSX 10.10 (although I cannot exclude the possibility of partitioning the disk and installing also Linux…). For now, I missed some apps, which I installed with Fink (a popular debian-based distro ported to Mac).
One of the programs I was fiddling around with was BayesX: “Bayesian Inference in Structured Additive Regression Models”, authored by great people at Muenchen University, (specially Nadja and Thomas, whom I’m glad to know personally).
The problem is that I used to have both BayesX binaries for Linux and Windows, but now I needed one for my Mac. Here’s how I did (pretty easy once I figured out how to do it!):
1. OBTAIN XCODE, XQUARTZ AND JAVA
2. INSTALL FINK
Fink is a popular port of GNU-Linux for MacOS. You can install it easily following the steps in this page.
Because my OS was 10.10, I had to follow instructions to compile Fink from source. Fortunately, the page provides a handy helper script to run in the terminal (for OSX 10.10). This script goes through all the steps. Open the Terminal and just either run the script or the commands one by one, and follow the instructions. It may take a while to download and install.
3. DOWNLOAD BAYESX SOURCE CODE
Go to the Download page and get the source. I suggest that you store the .zip file in a dedicated directory such as /Users/me/Downloads/source/code (changing “me” for your user). Then, open the Terminal and type:
cd /Users/me/Downloads/source/code unzip -a bayesxsource_3_0_1.zip # bayesxsource_3_0_1.zip or whatever the name is
4. INSTALL CMAKE AND GSL
If you want to compile this source for Mac, you’ll see you need two more components (at least in this tutorial): cmake and the GNU Scientific Library (GSL).
Cmake is used to create a custom Makefile which will be used in compilation. You can insytall it typing in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install cmake
Or you can use a (very useful for debugging) graphical user interface for Cmake.
To install GSL, simply type:
sudo apt-get install gsl
5. COMPILE BAYESX
Once everything is installed, you can start to compile. Run in the Terminal
cd /Users/me/Downloads/source/code cmake . # this will create the Makefile cd /Users/Auri/Downloads/source/ # locate the Makefile make
You will obtain an Unix Executable File in /Users/me/Downloads/source called BayesX. Double-clicking on it should open the BayesX prompt!.
6. FINAL NOTES
Please, go to README.BayesX in the source for more information and issue solving.
I have tested this tutorial in another Mac machine -OSX 10.10- without any of this software installed, and it worked well. However, you may experience (mostly unknown) issues that may depend on different versions of Xcode, Fink, Java, GSL… etc. Despite this, I hope these steps will help you.
Also, from here you can only compile a mere console version of BayesX. I’m not sure how to run the Java user interface, but I will update this post to include any progress.
Hope you enjoy!