“Church: a language for generative models”

In “Church: a language for generative models“, Goodman, Mansinghka, Roy, Bonawitz, and Tenenbaum introduce the probabilistic computer language “Church, a universal language for describing stochastic generative processes. Church is based on the Lisp model of lambda calculus, containing a pure Lisp as its deterministic subset.”  There will be a workshop on probabilistic programming at NIPS (which I first read about at the blog Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science).  Here is a cool tutorial.