RSS 2019 session report: Precision medicine

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There is growing interest in the area of precision medicine, which proposes that treatments can be targeted to individual patients, and often involves the use of genetic or other high-dimensional patient-level data.

In this session, organised by Dr Laura Boyle from University of Adelaide on behalf of the Medical Section, four speakers addressed some of the diverse statistical methodologies and applications in real-life studies.

Send us your best Stats of the Year and of the Decade!

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The Royal Statistical Society is not only looking for statistics that captured the zeitgeist of 2019, but as the decade draws to a close, we are also seeking statistics that can help define the 2010s.

Now in its third year, the RSS Statistics of the Year competition helps to raise the profile of statistics and celebrates their ability to explain the issues of the day. Last year’s winning and highly commended statistics covered a diverse range of topics, highlighting the amount of plastic waste in circulation, demonstrating the rise of solar power generation and illustrating the phenomenon of ‘shrinkflation’ via tubes of Jaffa Cakes!. The competition secured tremendous media coverage both nationally and globally. 

Chancellor to consult on aligning CPIH methods into RPI

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Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, announced his intention to consult on whether to bring the methods in CPIH into RPI between 2025 and 2030, effectively aligning the measures. The announcement was made in a letter to Sir David Norgrove (PDF), who chairs the UK Statistics Authority UKSA).

In February 2019, the then National Statistician John Pullinger concluded that the current position regarding RPI was unsatisfactory and put options for its future to the UK Statistics Authority Board.

Conference 2019 session on environmental stats: Climate change

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On 4 September 2019, Jonathan Tawn (pictured) from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University, Andrew Parnell from the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University, and Thordis Thorarinsdottir from the Norwegian Computing Center participated in the Royal Statistical Society conference 2019 session on Climate Change. The contributed session was organised by the Environmental Statistics section of the Royal Statistical Society and made up part of the Environment and Spatial Statistics stream of sessions at the conference.

Speaking first, Jonathan Tawn noticed that when considering environmental data, the focus is often on the mean. His talk sought to answer what happens in the extreme and consider aggregates of regional versions of climate models against their global counterparts. He examined heatwaves and extreme sea waves to gain an understanding of how such events could become more common under climate change. Combining climate models in an ensemble provided extremes increasing as much as three times faster than the mean, in terms of changes in temperature.

RSS volunteer helps charity assess numbers of street children

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Another RSS Statisticians for Society volunteer has completed a project to help The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) find the best methodology to estimate the numbers of street children around the world.

CSC is a global network of organisations that carries out research and advocacy with and on behalf of street-connected children worldwide, in order to better meet their needs. However, current estimates of numbers of street-connected children are sometimes lacking in evidence or based on very different methodologies.

RSS Conference: Winners of poster competition and rapid-fire talks

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The RSS conference poster exhibition gives early career researchers the opportunity to present their research at conference in the form of a poster, all of which are exhibited in the main breakout area throughout the conference. There is also an allotted poster reception which gives the authors a chance to talk about their work with conference attendees.

Similarly, our rapid-fire talks session gives a five-minute allocated slot for those new to presenting their research. In both cases, the three best presentations are rewarded with book voucher prizes worth hundreds of pounds.

RSS Honours Awards: Photo gallery

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On Wednesday 3 September, our President Deborah Ashby presented the 2019 Honours Awards to the recipients at a special awards ceremony during our annual conference. 

Read further details on the 2019 honours awards, including biographical information and award citations, in our announcement earlier this year.

Huge congratulations to the winners!


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