Less than a month to nominate your #StatoftheYear!

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With nominations closing this month, the RSS is looking for the numbers that tell the story of 2018 for our annual ‘Statistic of the Year’.

Any topic is welcome – the more interesting, the better. We welcome serious topics as well light-hearted ones, and nominations can be UK or International focused.

Nominations so far include statistics on plastic in the oceans, UK homelessness, the World Cup and the gender pay gap.

RSS Council ballot results for 2019

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The RSS Council ballot has ended and the following candidates were elected to Council to start on 1 January 2019:

  • Mario Cortina Borja
  • Claire Miller
  • Johanna Hutchinson,  
  • Tom Smith
  • Deirdre Toher

RSS fellow receives COPSS 2018 Presidents Award

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The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) has awarded its 2018 Presidents Award to RSS fellow, Richard Samworth.

The award is presented every year to a young member of one of COPSS's societies, recognising outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. This year’s award citation recognised Richard for his ‘fundamental contributions to nonparametric inference' and for 'many substantial contributions to the profession, including editorial service and extensive service to statistical societies; and for the training and mentoring of junior researchers.’

Conference 2018: Photo gallery

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We had an amazing conference this year - many thanks to all who took part! We hope this photo gallery gives a flavour of everything that went on.

Many thanks to our photographer Rich Gray at Rugfoot Photography. See next year in Belfast!

Latest RSS member referral scheme prize draw winners

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The winners of our latest member referral scheme prize draw have been announced as Dr Olaniyi Mathew Olayiwola and Professor Olusegun Folorunso. 

Dr Olayiwola (pictured left) is a senior lecturer at the Department of Statistics at Federal University of Agriculture in Nigeria. His research interests include survey methodology, sampling, big data analysis and climatic modelling. Dr Olayiwola has been a fellow of the RSS since 2012 and is a founding member and chair of the new RSS Nigeria local group, which will begin its activities next year. He has been actively referring his colleagues to the RSS, including Professor Folorunso.

Memorial plaque for abolitionist statistician, Zachary Macaulay

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To celebrate European Statistics Day, the RSS has contributed to a memorial plaque in memory of statistician and anti-slavery campaigner Zachary Macaulay, who used his statistical skills to help abolish slavery within the British Empire in the 19th century.

The plaque was unveiled yesterday (Friday 19 October 2018) in St George’s Gardens, London to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Macaulay's birth.

Conference 2018: David Cox on the significance test controversy

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The so-called ‘replication [or reproducibility] crisis’ in science has, in part, been blamed on the use of significance tests, or p-values, to derive whether or not a scientific discovery is 'significant'.

RSS Conference programme lead, Daniel Farewell, introduced the keynote session which offered a variety of perspectives on significance tests from leading experts on the subject. Deborah Mayo, a statistical scientist and philosopher from the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech is author of the book, Statistical inference as Severe Testing. Fellow Virginia Tech professor, Aris Spanos, who has authored many papers on the subject including ‘Severe testing as a basic concept in a Neyman–Pearson philosophy of induction’ with Deborah Mayo back in 2006, brought his perspective from the field of econometrics. Richard Morey from the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, and who has just published a paper ‘Beyond statistics: accepting the null hypothesis in mature sciences’, talked from his background in Bayesian statistics and experimental psychology. Last, but certainly not least, David Cox brought his unique perspectives as one of the most influential thinkers in modern statistics.

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