The RSS has organised a number of sessions and events at this summer’s Joint Statistical Meetings, the annual statistical conference co-organised by the American Statistical Association (ASA).
The JSM, which this year is being held in Chicago, is one of the major events in the statistical calendar, and last year the RSS became a partner organisation. More than 6,000 people attend the 600+ sessions that will, this year, take place between Saturday 30 July and Thursday 4 August.
As well as two invited sessions and four contributed sessions, the RSS will host its usual a reception for members attending the JSM, on Sunday 31 July (details tbc).
The two invited sessions are on two very different subjects: modern slavery; and statistical evidence used in courts of justice.
The session 'Modern Slavery: The importance of statistical approaches' is chaired by RSS president Peter Diggle and includes Chief Scientific Adviser at the Home Office (and former RSS president) Bernard Silverman as one of the speakers.
The second invited session, 'Do courts appreciate the power of statistical evidence?' features a number of expert speakers in the field looking at issues such as ethical challenges, bias and the misuse of statistical evidence in court cases.
The RSS has also helped to organise sessions on policy, with a panel discussion featuring RSS executive director Hetan Shah. There are also RSS-organised sessions on functional data analysis relating to environmental data, statistical methodologies for identifying and modelling structure, and multivariate analysis.
The list of RSS events at JSM this year are detailed on our event page. The full JSM conference programme is published on the AMStat website.