Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics
For the Bernoulli Society, the year 2008 will be
highlighted by the seventh World Congress on Probability and Statistics, to be
held in Singapore next July.
The history of those World Congresses started in
1986 in Tashkent. At that time, there was no occasion for probabilists and
theoretically-oriented statisticians to meet together on a regular basis. For
sure, there were meetings in these fields before 1986, but usually quite
specialised, as the yearly held ‘Stochastic Processes and Applications’ meeting
organized by the Bernoulli Society, and many rather specialized meetings or
regional meetings. There were also of course the ISI Congresses. But as a matter
of fact, theoretical statistics is not, and was not since quite a long time, one
of the main focuses of the ISI Congresses, and probability has never been
adequately represented in those congresses (and neither in the ISI itself, a
fact which may be deplored). As to the World Congress of Mathematicians,
Probability and even more so Statistics have always enjoyed very little space in
them, and sometimes none at all, although it seems that things are changing in
the most recent years in this respect.
To be accurate, one should however
mention the “Vilnius Conferences” that were held every fourth year, and whose
focus was precisely on Probability and Mathematical Statistics. These were, and
still are now in some respects, wonderful meetings but, due to the ideological
and material constraints of the USSR time, the attendance was somehow restricted
and/or difficult to achieve for many people.
These are the reasons why the
Bernoulli Society launched the World Congresses in Probability and Statistics.
The fact that its first meeting occurred in the USSR is probably a kind of
heritage of the Vilnius Meetings, together with the organizational powers of
Albert N. Shiryaev.
Since its first meeting, the World Congresses in Probability
and Statistics has become the main occasion for probabilists and mathematical
statisticians to meet together, and it is now co-organized with the IMS. In
fact, it is a unique place where most of probability theory is illustrated,
including its many – old and recent – applications to other fields like
mathematical physics, statistical mechanics, geometry and number theory,
mathematical finance, and so on… It is also a unique place where interaction
between Probability and Statistics is represented, and everybody knows how much
those two domains are closely connected. Last but not least, Mathematical
Statistics per se is also very well represented.
The next meeting, whose
organisation committee is chaired by Louis Chen, will take place on July 14-19,
2008, and will undoubtedly be as successful as its predecessors. The programme
is extremely attractive; plenary sessions and invited lectures feature top
probabilists and statisticians, and invited sessions show a very wide spectrum
going from pure probability to many statistical applications.
It will be a
unique opportunity to understand what is going on right now in the field and to
establish new contacts
and meet people. I would like to urge everybody to attend!
New BS Council and President-Elect
The Bernoulli Society has elected its new Council.
Here it is.
Elected for the period 2005-2009:
Victor Perez-Abreu (Mexico)
Wilfrid Kendall (UK) email@example.com
Eva Vedel Jensen (Denmark) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Etheridge (UK) email@example.com
Rajeeva Karandikar (India) firstname.lastname@example.org
Anton Wakolbinger (Germany)
Elected for the period 2008-2012:
Maria Eulalia Vares (Brazil) email@example.com
Claudia Kluppelberg (Germany) firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Protter (USA) email@example.com
Alexander Novikov (Australia)
Peter Spreij (The Netherlands)
Adam Jakubowski (Poland)
President-Elect is Victor Perez-Abreu Guanajuato from Mexico
Victor will be substituted by Paolo Baldi (Italy),
firstname.lastname@example.org, during 2008
Past President is Peter Jagers (Sweden). Further
members of the Council include: Scientific Secretary Arnoldo Frigessi (Norway),
Membership Secretary Josef Steinebach (Germany), Treasurer Ursula Gather
(Germany) and ISI Executive Secretary Daniel Berze.
Joseph Steinebach (email@example.com)
has been elected as the new Membership Secretary, replacing Volker Mammitzsch
who we warmly thank for all the work he has done in this position. We thank also
all Council Members who left the Council: Tim Brown (Australia), Murad Taqqu
(USA), Frank den Hollander (The Netherlands), Valerie Isham (UK), Zhi-Ming Ma
(China), Mario Wschebor (Uruguay).
BS Committees and their Chairs
Committee for Conferences on Stochastic
Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences
Latin America Regional
East-Asian and Pacific
Erik van Zwet
Editor, Journal of
Stochastic Processes and Their Applications
Maria Eulália Vares
Bernoulli Society Web
See here for e-mail addresses:
The elections of the new committee members of
LARC-SLAPEM have taken place from July 2-5. The newly elected members are:
Claudio Landim, Mario Wschebor, Stella Brassesco and Daniel Hernandez-Hernandez.
The new committee is now composed of:
Ricardo Fraiman (Argentina)
Maria Emilia Caballero (Mexico)
José Leon (Venezuela)
Raul Gouet (Chile)
Claudio Landim (Brazil)
Mario Wschebor (Uruguay)
Stella Brassesco (Venezuela)
Daniel Hernandez-Hernandez (México)
Pablo Ferrari (Brazil)
A campaign to find new associates was made during a one-month period. As a
result of this campaign, we now have 150 associates. We have recently signed an
agreement with the IMS. The next CLAPEM will take place in Venezuela in 2009.
European Regional Committee
The European Regional Committee promotes European
cooperation in the sciences of mathematical statistics and probability theory
and their applications in accordance with the statutes of the Bernoulli Society.
Activities held under the auspices of the European Regional Committee include:
the European Meetings of Statisticians, the European Young Statisticians
Meetings and the biennial courses Séminaires Européens de Statistiques.
The ERC has a new web page:
The European Young Statisticians Meetings (EYSM) is a series of conferences
organised by and for young European statisticians. The complete series of
European Young Statisticians Meetings (started in 1978 by Paul Embrechts) is
15th EYSM, 10-14 September 2007, Castro Urdiales, Spain;
14th EYSM, 22-26 August 2005, Debrecen, Hungary;
13th EYSM, 21-26 September 2003, Ovronnaz, Switzerland;
12th EYSM, 4-8 September 2001, Jánska Dolina, Slovakia;
11th EYSM, 24-28 August 1999, Marly-le-Roi, France;
10th EYSM, 1997, Warsaw, Poland;
9th EYSM, 1995, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
8th EYSM, 1993, Vilnius, Lithuania;
7th EYSM, 1991, Oberwolfach, Germany;
6th EYSM, 1989, Prague, Czech Republic;
5th EYSM, 1987, Aarhus, Denmark;
4th EYSM, 1985, Varna, Bulgaria;
3rd EYSM, 1983, Leuven, Belgium;
2nd EYSM, 1981, Bressanone, Italy;
1st EYSM, 1978, Wiltshire, Great Britain.
The next European Meeting of Statisticians will be
in Toulouse, France, from July 20-24, 2009.
The Seventh World Congress in Probability and
The seventh World Congress in Probability and
Statistics, jointly sponsored by the Bernoulli Society and the Institute of
Mathematical Statistics, will be held in Singapore from July 14 to 19, 2008.
This meeting is a major international event in probability and statistics held
every four years. It features the latest scientific developments in the fields
of probability and statistics and their applications.
The programme will cover a wide range of topics and
will feature thirteen keynote lectures presented by leading specialists. In
addition, there will be invited paper sessions highlighting topics of current
research interest as well as many contributed talks and posters. The venue for
the meeting is the National University of Singapore. Singapore is a vibrant,
multicultural, cosmopolitan city-state that expresses the essence of today's New
Asia. It offers many attractions both cultural and touristic, such as the
Esplanade and the Singapore Night Safari. On behalf of the Scientific Programme
and Local Organising Committees, we invite you to join us in Singapore for this
exciting meeting. Your participation will ensure that the 2008 World Congress
will be a memorable scientific event.
Louis Chen, Chair of the Local Organising Committee
Ruth Williams, Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee
Registration is open!
Martin Barlow, University of British Columbia (Medallion Lecture);
Richard Durrett, Cornell University (Wald Lectures);
Jianqing Fan, Princeton University (Laplace Lecture);
Alice Guionnet, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (Lévy Lecture);
Mark Low, University of Pennsylvania (Medallion Lecture);
Zhi-Ming Ma, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Beijing (Medallion
Peter McCullagh, University of Chicago (Neyman Lecture);
Douglas Nychka, US National Center for Atmospheric Research (Public Lecture);
Oded Schramm, Microsoft Research (BS-IMS Special Lecture);
David Spiegelhalter, University of Cambridge and MRC Biostatistics Unit
Alain-Sol Sznitman, ETH Zurich (Kolmogorov Lecture);
Elizabeth Thompson, University of Washington (Turkey Lecture);
Wendelin Werner, Université Paris-Sud (BS-IMS Special Lecture).
Advances in Statistical Computing
Luke Tierney (University of Iowa)
Ross Ihaka (University of Auckland)
Luke Tierney (University of Iowa)
Simon Urbanek (AT&T Labs, Floreham Park)
Eva Riccomagno (Universitŕ di Genova)
Aleksandra Slavkovic (Pennsylvania State University)
Akimiki Takemura (University of Tokyo)
Henry Wynn (London School of Economics)
Applications of Probability/Statistics in Imaging
Zuowei Shen (National University of Singapore)
Mario Figueiredo (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon)
Xiaoming Huo (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Zuowei Shen (National University of Singapore)
John Rice (University of California, Berkeley)
David van Dyk (University of California, Irvine)
Domenico Marinucci (Universita di Roma "Tor Vergata")
John Rice (University of California, Berkeley)
Gaussian Processes with Applications
Robert Adler (Technion)
Jonathan Taylor (Stanford University and Université de Montréal)
Keith Worsley (McGill University)
Steve Zelditch (Johns Hopkins University)
Geophysical Models: Inference, Prediction and Interpretation
Douglas Nychka (US National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Tao Shi (Ohio State University)
Will Welch (University of British Columbia)
Jim Zidek (University of British Columbia)
Steffen Lauritzen (University of Oxford)
Victor Perez Abreu (CIMAT, Guanajuato)
Andreas Kyprianou (University of Bath)
Victor Rivero-Mercado (CIMAT, Guanajuato)
Jan Rosinski (University of Tennessee)
Machine Learning and Data Mining
Ji Zhu (University of Michigan)
Peter Bühlmann (ETH, Zürich)
Yufeng Liu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
David Madigan (Columbia University)
Markov Chain Monte Carlo
Gareth Roberts (Warwick University)
Alex Beskos (Warwick University)
Arnaud Doucet (University of British Columbia)
Antonietta Mira (University of Insubria, Varese)
Model Choice for High Dimensional Data
Laurie Davies (University of Essen)
Laurie Davies (University of Essen)
Nicolai Meinshausen (University of California, Berkeley)
Anthony O'Hagan (University of Sheffield)
Multiple Comparison and Testing
Yoav Benjamini (Tel Aviv University)
Probabilistic Analysis of Algorithms
Luc Devroye (McGill University)
Jim Fill (Johns Hopkins University)
Hsien-Kuei Hwang (Statistica Sinica, Taipei)
Ralph Neininger (J.W. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.)
Probability Problems from Genetics
Richard Durrett (Cornell University)
Steven Evans (University of California, Berkeley)
Lea Popovic (Concordia University)
Deena Schmidt (Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, U. of Minnesota)
Quantitative Risk Management
Paul Embrechts (ETH, Zürich)
Kjersti Aas (Norwegian Computing Center, Oslo)
Roger Cooke (Resources for the Future, Washington D.C., and University of Delft)
Juri Hinz (National University of Singapore)
Random Matrices and Applications
Iain Johnstone (Stanford University)
Random Processes with Interactions
Vlada Limic (Université de Provence)
Mark Holmes (University of Auckland)
Gady Kozma (Weizmann Institut, Israel)
Jason Schweinsberg (University of California, San Diego)
Random Trees and Planar Maps
Grégory Miermont (Université Paris-Sud)
David Croydon (University of Warwick)
Maxim Krikun (Université de Nancy)
Grégory Miermont (Université Paris-Sud)
Sparsity in High Dimensional Problems
Jiashun Jin (Purdue University)
Emmanuel Candes (California Institute of Technology)
Yingying Fan (Princeton University)
Mike West (Duke University)
Statistical Challenges in the Study of Infectious Diseases
Christl Donnelly (Imperial College London)
Laura Forsberg White (Boston University)
Nicholas Jewell (University of California, Berkeley)
Hamish McCallum (University of Tasmania)
Statistical Inverse Problems
Axel Munk (University of Göttingen)
Laurent Cavalier (Université Aix-Marseille)
Peter Green (University of Bristol)
Alexandre Tsybakov (Université de Paris VI)
Statistical Learning Theory
Sara van de Geer (ETH, Zürich)
Stephane Boucheron (Université de Paris 7)
Kenji Fukumizu (Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo)
John Lafferty (Carnegie Mellon University)
Statistics in Genomics
Haiyan Huang (University of California, Berkeley)
Debashis Ghosh (University of Michigan)
Mary Sara McPeek (University of Chicago)
George Tseng (University of Pittsburgh)
Statistics in Quantum Information
Richard Gill (Leiden University)
Cristina Butucea (University of Lille at Villeneuve)
Madalin Guta (University of Nottingham)
Matthew James (Australian National University)
Statistics for Understanding Numerical Models of Climate Change
Jim Zidek (University of British Columbia)
Reinhard Furrer (Colorado School of Mines)
Cari Kaufman (U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Hans Kuensch and Christoph Buser (ETH, Zürich)
Stochastic Control in Finance
Nizar Touzi (Ecole Polytechnique Paris)
Peter Bank (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Mete Soner (Koc University, Istanbul)
Jianfeng Zhang (University of Southern California)
Stochastic PDE and Interacting Stochastic Systems
Ed Perkins (University of British Columbia)
Tadahisa Funaki (University of Tokyo)
Leonid Mytnik (Technion, Israel)
Eulalia Nualart (Université de Paris 13)
Stochastic Loewner Evolution
Scott Sheffield (Courant Institute, NYU)
Tom Alberts (Courant Institute, NYU)
Julien Dubédat (University of Chicago)
Christophe Garban (Université Paris-Sud)
Stochastic Models with Spatial Effects
Harry Kesten (Cornell University)
Ed Perkins (University of British Columbia)
Jeremy Quastel (University of Toronto)
Bŕlint Tňth (Technical University, Budapest)
Kavita Ramanan (Carnegie Mellon University)
Maury Bramson (University of Minnesota)
Weining Kang (Carnegie Mellon University)
François Baccelli (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Stochastic Neuronal Models
Luigi Ricciardi (University of Naples Federico II)
Susanne Ditlevsen (University of Copenhagen)
Petr Lansky (Academy of Sciences, Prague)
Benjamin Lindner (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems)
Stochastic Processes in Physics
Anton Bovier (Weierstrass-Institute and Berlin University of
Jiri Cerny (ETH, Zürich)
Takashi Hara (Kyushu University)
Simone Warzel (Princeton University)
Uncertainty in Computer Models
Anthony O'Hagan (University of Sheffield)
Derek Bingham (Simon Fraser University)
Michael Goldstein (Durham University)
Jeremy Oakley (University of Sheffield)
Current Trends and Challenges in Model Selection and Related Areas
This workshop will be held from July 24-26, 2008, at the University of Vienna.
The workshop will provide a forum for
presentation and discussion of current trends and challenging problems in model
selection and related shrinkage
methods. Invited speakers include Yannick Baraud (Université de Nice
Sophia-Antipoli), Rudy Beran (UC Davis), Ed
George (The Wharton School), Patrik Guggenberger (UCLA), Ching-Kang Ing
(Academia Sinica), Paul Kabaila
(LaTrobe Univ.), Gabor Lugosi (Pompeu Fabra Univ.), and Yuhong Yang (Univ. of
presentations are welcome. For further details, see
Efficient Monte Carlo: From variance reduction to combinatorial optimization
the occasion of R.Y. Rubinstein’s
This workshop will be held from July 14-18, 2008, at the Sandbjerg Estate,
Soenderborg, Denmark. During his
career, Reuven Rubinstein has initiated many new discoveries in Monte Carlo
simulation, stochastic modelling and
optimization, and has inspired numerous researchers to take up research in these
fields. This Conference is intended
to celebrate Professor Rubinstein's 70th birthday by bringing together many of
these international researchers in
modern Monte Carlo methods. Professor Rubinstein has significantly advanced (or
even established) the theory and
application of adaptive importance sampling, rare event simulation, randomized
optimization, sensitivity analysis, the score function method, stochastic
counterpart method, and recently the
popular cross-entropy method (see
http://www.cemethod.org). Currently, he is
pursuing important research in
optimization and counting problems concerning #P complete problems.
Organising Committee: Sřren Amussen (Aarhus, Chair), Peter W. Glynn (Stanford),
Jozeph Kreimer (Beer Sheeva),
Dirk P. Kroese (Brisbane).
Programme Committee: Peter W. Glynn (Stanford, Co-Chair), Sandeep Juneja
(Mumbai), Joseph Kreimer (Beer
Sheva), Dirk P. Kroese (Brisbane, Co-Chair), Don McLeish (Waterloo), Georg Pflug
(Vienna), Ad Ridder (Amsterdam),
Alexander Shapiro (Atlanta), Nahum Shimkin (Haifa), and Assaf Zeevi (New York).
Invited Speakers: Peter W. Glynn (Stanford), Boaz Golany (Haifa), Dirk P. Kroese
(Brisbane), Boris Polyak (Moscow),
Christian Robert (Paris), Reuven Y. Rubinstein (Haifa), Alexander Shapiro
(Atlanta), Robert L. Smith (Ann Arbor).
Registration fee will be approximately US$ 150 per day and covers accommodation
and all meals. The Annals of
Operations Research will publish a special volume on Monte Carlo Methods for
Simulation, Optimization and
Contact Information: Oddbjorg Wethelund, tel +45 8942 3515, e-mail:
Reports on Recent Meetings
The Fifth International Conference on Extreme Value Analysis
This Conference, held from July 23-27, 2007, was hosted by the Department of
Mathematical Statistics and
Actuarial Science of the University of Bern, Switzerland.
The aim of the Conference was to bring together a wide range of researchers,
practitioners and graduate students
whose work is related to the analysis of extreme values in a broad sense. More
than 120 participants were present
from 26 different countries. The scientific programme included 79 talks and a
poster session with 20 posters.
the topics of the Conference were:
Classical extreme value theory,
Novel applications of extreme value theory,
Statistics of extremal events,
Methods of risk analysis,
Stochastic processes for extremes,
Rare event simulation,
Dependence and extremes,
One day of the Conference was dedicated to Laurens de Haan on the occasion of
his 70th birthday.
Social activities offered an excursion to the Bernese Alps and a conference
banquet with Swiss music and magic
moments with the illusionist Siderato (Peter Mürner, former university rector).
Funding was provided by Swiss Mobiliar, Allianz Suisse, Swiss National Science
Foundation, Swiss Academy of
Science and the Moser Foundation.
The Conference was very successful owing to the high quality of the
presentations and the posters. The open
atmosphere and the smooth organisation also contributed to making this
Conference an unforgettable event.
Jürg Hüsler, Bern
Conference on Lévy Processes: Theory and Applications
This Conference was held in Copenhagen, August 13-17, 2007. There were 150
participants, among them many
young researchers who had also participated in a satellite summer school at the
picturesque Sandbjerg Manor in
The Conference provided the most recent results about the wide spectrum of Lévy
process theory. The names of
the speakers and the abstracts can be found at
They show convincingly that the Lévy process theory is very much alive. It has
become an exciting field of
research on stochastic processes. Applications include meteorology, physics,
queuing and branching theory,
stochastic networks, bioinformatics, finance, insurance, fractal, and
heavy-tailed phenomena. The list of speakers
includes old masters such as Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Michael Markus, Jay Rosen,
Ron Doney, Jean Jacod, but also
various postdoctoral students and junior researchers.
The Lévy Process Conferences have become important European events on the
stochastic process theory. Starting
in 1999 with the first conference in Aarhus (an initiative of Ole
Barndorff-Nielsen), the organisation of these
meetings (in Aarhus 2002, Paris 2003 and Manchester 2005) has always been based
on informal networks in the
stochastic process community. Thanks to an initiative of René Schilling and
Alexander Lindner, the sixth conference
will be held in Dresden in 2010. The stochastic process community is looking
forward to this event.
Thomas Mikosch, Copenhagen,
and Gennady Samorodnitsky, Cornell
International Association for Official Statistics
|New IAOS Web Address
The IAOS is transferring its website from Statistics New Zealand to a
permanent location, which will be a component of the ISI website. We are
grateful for Statistics New Zealand for their past support. The new URL
will be: http://isi.cbs.nl/iaos.
Please submit information that may be of interest to IAOS members to:
Mr. Stephen Penneck -
IAOS Conference Shanghai, 14 to 16 October 2008
First Announcement and Call for Papers
The International Association for Official
Statistics would like to welcome you to the biennial meeting for statisticians
from national statistical institutes, international organisations and academies.
The theme of the Conference is: Smart Data, Innovative Uses – Reshaping Official
An integral part of the Conference is also the 26th biennial
conference of the SCORUS, a standing committee of the IAOS on regional and urban
The IAOS 2008 Conference will be hosted in Shanghai by the National Bureau of
Statistics of China. The Conference covers relevant topics for reshaping
official statistics. There will be both plenary and concurrent sessions. Areas
covered by the Conference are:
Use of administrative data – past, present and
Administrative data was in many ways the beginning of social and economic
What are the current trends and what is in store for the future?
What are the benefits and costs for respondents and the NSIs?
How can NSIs ensure the custodians of administrative data recognise the
statistical potential of these sources.
Challenges of building register based or other
administrative based statistics:
Legal challenges to building register based or other administrative based
Who should have access to micro data?
How do we deal with the gap between administrative concepts and statistical
User demands for official statistics:
Trends in user needs.
New administrative practices and how they create new data.
Growing demand for regional and small area data.
Methodology and IT:
Statistical modelling and estimation based on data from administrative sources.
Synthetic statistical data by combination of sources.
Questionnaire design and testing.
Electronic reporting – do the benefits really outweigh the promise?
Geographic Information System and regional reference systems.
Use of administrative data in official statistics:
Regional and urban statistics.
Labour market statistics.
Policy and dissemination:
New public management – creates data and uses data. The role of official
User changes – and administrative data.
Independence and administrative data.
The research community and access to administrative data.
Linkage of sensitive data and protecting confidentiality – ethical questions.
Access to private client data.
If you would like to present a paper, please submit
a proposal as soon as possible and an abstract not exceeding 500 words with
three key words on e-mail to IAOS@ssb.no by 31
March 2008. We are also interested in hearing from you if you would like to
organise a full session (3-4 papers). Please submit a title and, if possible, a
list of speakers as soon as possible and by 31 March at the latest.
ISI Durban Session, 16 to 22 August 2009
Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics
Submitted by Wendy Thomas
Statistics and the Help for Young People in Big Cities -
17-19 March 2008
This annual Berlin SCORUS meeting brings together scientists from universities
and research institutes, statisticians,
selected experts from welfare and public health institutions, firms and unions,
social workers and others in a setting
designed to support discussion and learning. Organized by Prof. Dr. Eckart
Elsner, these conferences speak to the
regional and urban issues concerning young people. By presenting research about
the situation of children and
young people in an international atmosphere, it is hoped that participants can
stimulate comparable investigations
or programs in other places that will help practitioners in providing services
and support for young people in urban
The 13th Conference in this series focuses on “Demographic Aging” and takes
place 17-19 March 2008 in Bildungs-
und Begegnungszentrum “Clara Sahlber” in the South-West of Berlin. For further
information on the program, please
contact Prof. Dr. Eckart Elsner firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAOS Biennial Conference
Smart Data, Innovative Uses - Reshaping Official Statistics, Shanghai, China,
14-16 October 2008
In 2008, the 26th biennial Conference of SCORUS will be an integral part of the
IAOS Conference. The Conference
will be hosted by the National Bureau of Statistics of China and will cover
relevant topics for reshaping official
statistics. The active participation of SCORUS in the IAOS biennial Conference
provides a wonderful opportunity to
explore the role of regional and urban statistics as providers and users of
official statistics. Of particular interest to
SCORUS members are discussions of the use and production of administrative data;
trends in user demands for
official statistics covering regional and small area data; GIS and regional
reference systems; use of various types of
data; and data policy regarding confidentiality and access.
SCORUS Conference in Darmstadt, Germany,
17-19 October 2007
This European SCORUS Conference brought together statisticians, researchers, and
planners of cities and regions
to discuss their work under the theme “The Strength of Cities and Regions”. The
focus of the Conference was on
cities as drivers of growth for the wider region; the social and cultural
components of competitiveness of cities and
countries; measures to ensure that the benefits of development politics reach
the population concerned; and the
increasing diversity of cities as a result of EU expansion and globalisation.
The presentations from this Conference are available online at
Session A: Cities as the drivers of growth for the wider regions
Recent trends in the urban and regional evolutions in metropolitan France;
A study of economic activity in Greece at the sub-regional level;
Exploring the patterns of population change in cities and their wider regions.
Session B: Economic performance in cities and regions
Variation in economic performance among OECD regions – A study of the endogenous
factors of growth;
Towards mutually reinforcing development of old and new urban centres in
European city regions? The Amsterdam
Benchmarking London – the GLA’s interim metro region dataset;
Urban Audit – The State of Cities report.
Session C: The visualisation of regional and urban data
Statistics in the Internet of services: visualisation and service composition;
City server 3D;
Networking of spatial data;
Statistical Visualisation: New Developments from the Office for National
Session D: The increasing diversity of cities as a result of EU expansion and
globalisation – an asset and a
Neighbourhood-level diversity in German cities – is it linked with global
Job movements and commuter flows in urban areas in a period of economic decline;
Specialisation versus spatial concentration: Which approach defines better the
impact of economic integration: the
case of the Romanian regions;
Porous Europe: European cities in global urban arenas.
Session E: Quality assurance in regional and urban statistics
Delineating target sub-city districts for decision-makers: an attempt to
automate the process;
Estimation and Analysis of the value added at municipality level;
Sampling strategies for the estimation of form census variables;
Aiming at high quality statistical information on Urban Europe – Achievements
Session F: The social and cultural components of competitiveness of cities and
How family-friendly are German cities?
Comparing social cohesion by using Dashboard, Urban Audit data and the European
Research into Cultural and Creative Industries in London;
Neighbourhood level diversity in German cities – is it linked with global
Session G: The organizational set-up for collecting and disseminating urban and
State of Play of the Urban Audit data collection;
Regional statistics system of Poland;
Establishment of Regional statisticians in the Regions of England;
The organizational set-up for disseminating urban and regional statistics in the
Czech Statistical Office.
Session H: Territorial structure and standard regional reference systems
Built-up Territory and Urban Regions;
Regional references for regional analyses – important elements of Regional
Statistics in the Czech Statistical Office;
Raster maps with variable cell sizes – an attractive possibility to ensure data
production as well as statistical
Better urban planning through the standard geographic reference system of German
Summary and Conclusions:
Complementary Reference Systems;
2008 Statistics and the Help of Young People in Big Cites – Demographic Aging,
2008 IAOS and SCORUS Conference in Shanghai, China
ISI Session in Durban, South Africa
2010 SCORUS Conference in Riga, Latvia
2011 ISI Session in Dublin, Ireland
SCORUS Satellite Meeting in Gallway, Ireland
SCORUS – The International Network for Regional and Urban Statistics
Please visit our revised website. Changes include a removal of the discussion
piece and a renewed concentration of
sharing information to keep our membership updated on SCORUS related activities.
For information on joining the SCORUS list server or providing suggestions to
the leadership group, please contact
SCORUS Secretary Wendy Thomas at email@example.com.
New IAOS Publication
Last year, the IAOS launched its new flagship journal, the Statistical Journal
of the IAOS (SJIAOS). The main aim of
the Journal is to support the IAOS mission by publishing articles to promote the
understanding and advancement of
official statistics, and to foster the development of effective and efficient
official statistical services on a global
Free electronic access to all IAOS members:
The IAOS is pleased to be able to offer you complimentary online access to the
Statistical Journal of the IAOS. To
access this publication, go to:
first log in and
type in your user name on the right
type in your password;
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Francesco Palumbo, IASC Scientific Secretary
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Tel: (+39) 07332583242; Fax: (+39) 07332583205
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Sokolovská 83, 186 75 Praha 8, Czech Republic
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Letter from the President
Let me start with extending best wishes to all members for 2008.
First, allow me to inform you about the results of the IASC elections. We have
received back 110 voting sheets from approximately 600 sent. They arrived from
all over the world and resulted in:
President-Elect 2007-2009 and President 2009-2011:
Y. Tanaka, Japan
W.K. Fung, Hong Kong
C.E. Priebe, USA
Scientific Secretary 2007-2009:
F. Palumbo, Italy
M. van de Velden, The Netherlands
Council Members 2007-2011:
M. Adena, Australia
P. Brito, Portugal
D. Cook, USA
G. Dohnal, Czech Republic
C. Kim, Korea
F. Leisch, Germany
The Council of the IASC for 2007-2009 is, aside
from these new members, composed of G. Saporta (France, Past President), Z. Geng
(China), R. Gentleman (USA), G. Kitagawa (Japan), D. Ladiray (France), and M.
They are Council Members for the period 2005-2009.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Council Members, V.
Esposito Vinzi (Italy), J. Gentle (USA), E. Kontoghiorghes (Cyprus), J. Lee
(Korea) and Y. Mori (Japan), for all they did for the IASC. I would like to
thank also the "unelected" officers of IASC who have taken on the significant
tasks of leading our key committees over past years, namely to L. Edler (IASC
Membership Committee), G. Galmacci (IASC Electronic Affairs and Public Relations
Committee), M. Schimek (Liaison with the Interface) and D. Zighed (Committee for
Liaison with Machine Learning and KDD Organizations).
We are entering into a very busy year for the
IASC. Preparations for the 4th World Conference on Computational
Statistics and Data Analysis of the IASC, a joint meeting with the 6th
Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC to be held in Yokohama,
Japan, December 5-8, 2008, are continuing on schedule. The same holds for the 18th
Symposium of the European Regional Section COMPSTAT 2008, to be held in Porto,
Portugal, August 24-29, 2008. All members are cordially invited to take part.
Our main challenge, aside from seeing all of you in great numbers, is to ensure
that students and young researchers are able to attend.
Computational Statistics & Data Analysis is the
official journal of IASC. Thanks to the CSDA Editors S. Azen, E.J.
Kontoghiorghes and J.C. Lee, the journal has progressed substantially and is an
international reference. The impact factor of this journal is increasing. The
number of pages published for volume 50 reached 3,700 pages, and 5,500 pages for
volume 51, thus 9,200 pages since the 55th Session of the ISI in Sydney. As we
agreed on in Lisboa during the 56th ISI Session, our principal mission is to
promote the understanding, development and good practice of statistics
worldwide. If you have any suggestions, please make them known either to me or
to our Scientific Secretary.
Report on IASC Activities
I. 9th IASC-ERS Summer School
Statistical Learning Data Mining and Regression
Tools, Island of Procida (Naples, Italy), on September 3-7, 2007
The 9th IASC-ERS Summer School on
Statistical Learning Data Mining and Regression Tools was held in September 2007
in the picturesque venue of “ex Convento delle Orfanelle - Terra Murata” of the
University “L’Orientale” on the island of Procida, Italy.
Members of the Organising Committee were: Rosaria Lombardo, Chairperson (Second
University of Naples), Michele Gallo (University of Naples “L’Orientale”),
Pietro Amenta (University of Sannio), Ida Camminatiello (Second University of
Naples), Pasquale Sarnacchiaro (Second University of Naples), and Luigi D’Ambra
(University “Federico II” of Naples) as Consultant Member.
The IASC-ERS School is generally intended to achieve postgraduate training on
special topics of statistics for both researchers and teachers at universities.
Professionals working in industry and interested in the application of new
statistical methods are also invited to participate.
Participants are supposed to have a good PhD level background in statistics even
if not necessarily focused on the subject of the course.
The aim of this School was to provide an overview of the recent developments in
Data Mining using Statistical Learning techniques and non-parametric Regression
tools. Professors of recognized experience in the field participated at the
In the context of the Data Mining process, the main goal is to discover
knowledge from large database using statistical learning techniques. Parametric
and non-parametric (non-linear) regression models, classification and regression
trees can address to identify special patterns and/or the basic nature of the
underlying phenomena, permitting to aggregate or amalgamate the information
contained in large data-sets into smaller manageable information nuggets, for
prediction and prevision final aims. A strong emphasis was given to case studies
and live applications on PCs. The knowledge level of most of the students on the
software-package R was beginner, so that the practical guide in the computer
room to the simple and complex functions was really appreciated by the students.
Twenty participants came from nine different
countries (Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, UK, Germany, Portugal, Poland
Lectures were organized for 5 full working days. A CD containing the lecture
materials, a set of papers on the topics of the School, data sets and free
software, provided by the lecturers, were made available to participants.
Participants at the 9th
IASC-ERS Summer School
The Summer School was a success as deduced from the
results of the Customer Satisfaction survey. Students very highly scored the
organization, the professors and the teaching materials. In the same way,
professors were glad to stay with students who were “eager to learn”, as
commented by Prof. Friedman.
The next COMPSTAT Symposium, International
Conference on Computational Statistics, will take place in August 2008, in
Porto, Portugal, locally organized by the Faculty of Economics of the University
of Porto. COMPSTAT is an initiative of the European Regional Section of the
International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC).
COMPSTAT’2008 will be its 18th edition; previous conferences have taken place in
Berlin (2002), Prague (2004) and Rome (2006). The Local Organising Committee is
working actively and with much enthusiasm to organize an interesting, exciting
and welcoming conference.
COMPSTAT’2008 Keynote Speakers will be Prof. Peter Hall (Department of
Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia), Prof.
Heikki Mannila (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University
of Helsinki, Finland) and Prof. Timo Teräsvirta (School of Economics and
Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark).
Two tutorials will take pace, namely: “Computational Methods in Finance” by
James Gentle (Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason
University, USA), and “Writing R Packages” by Friedrich Leisch (Institut für
Statistik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany).
The following topics have been selected for
organized Invited Sessions:
Advances on Statistical Computing Environments;
Classification and Clustering of Complex Data;
Computation for Graphical Models and Bayes Nets;
Information Retrieval for Text and Images;
Knowledge Extraction by Modelling;
Model Selection Algorithms;
Multiple Testing Procedures;
Random Search Algorithms;
Computational Biostatistics (Interface session);
Models for Latent Class Detection (IFCS session);
Finance and Insurance (ARS session).
COMPSTAT‘2008 will also include standard
Contributed Paper sessions. These may relate to the Invited Paper sessions, but
do not need to do so. The authors are entitled to choose between an oral and a
To promote the success of posters, structured dedicated sessions will be
organized where authors are expected to present their work in short.
As it is usually the case for COMPSTAT symposia, a
Proceedings Book will be published by Springer, gathering the papers of Keynote
speakers and speakers of Invited Sessions; accepted Contributed Papers shall be
published on a CD (subject to conference registration). All papers are refereed.
Authors in Contributed Sessions (Oral or Poster) who do not wish to submit a
full paper for the Conference CD may submit a Single Abstract. Accepted
Abstracts will be published in the Abstract Book, but not in the Conference
Proceedings nor on the CD. In case the total number of slots available for oral
presentations is attained, Single Abstract submissions will be considered for
For guidelines, templates, and paper upload
instructions, please visit the Conference web page:
Please note the following important dates:
Submission of full papers (invited and
January 20th, 2008
Notification to authors
March 31st, 2008
Submission of revised papers
April 20th, 2008
Deadline Submission of Single Abstracts
May 20th, 2008
Notification to Single Abstract Authors
June 10th, 2008
Preliminary Program announcement
June 30th, 2008
Final Program announcement
July 20th, 2008
Early registration deadline
April 10th, 2008
Standard registration deadline
June 15th, 2008
Late registration deadline
after June 15th, 2008
For further information, please visit the
Conference website: www.fep.up.pt/compstat08/.
We all look forward to meeting you in Porto next August!
The 4th World Conference on Computational Statistics & Data Analysis
of the International Association for Statistical Computing (IASC) and the 6th
Conference of Asian Regional Section of IASC
Joint Meeting of 4th World Conference of the IASC and 6th
Conference of the Asian Regional Section of the IASC on Computational Statistics
& Data Analysis (IASC 2008) will be held at Pacifico Yokohama in Japan on 5th-8th
IASC 2008 provides a forum for researchers and practitioners all over the world,
including Asian countries, to share their knowledge about theories, methods and
the practice of statistical computing and computational statistics, and to
discuss current important issues regarding statistical methods and data analysis
in various disciplines such as medicine, business, ecology, biology,
engineering, where statistical computing is indispensable. IASC 2008 is
associated with "CSDA: The Computational Statistics & Data Analysis", the
official journal of the IASC. The CSDA plans to have a special issue after the
The IASC 2008 International Organizing Committee is
Junji Nakano - Chairperson of IASC 2008, The Institute of Statistical
Mathematics, Japan; Gilbert Saporta - Conservatoire National des Arts et
Métiers, France; Jaromir Antoch - Charles University, Czech Republic; Wing Kam
Fung - University of Hong Kong, China; Moon Yul Huh - SungKyunKwan University,
Korea; Tohru Uwoi - Bellsystem24 Inc., Japan; Shingo Shirahata - Osaka
University, Japan; Genshiro Kitagawa - The Institute of Statistical Mathematics,
Japan; Yoshiyasu Tamura - The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan;
with Advisory Board:
Stanley P. Azen - University of Southern California, USA; Lutz Edler - German
Cancer Research Center, Germany; Jae Chang Lee - Korea University; Yutaka Tanaka
- Nanzan University.
The Scientific Program Committee is as follows:
Masahiro Mizuta - Chair (Hokkaido University, Japan); Yoshimichi Ochi –
Vice-Chair (Oita University, Japan); Tomas Aluja-Banet (The Technical University
of Catalonia, Spain); Paula Brito (University of Porto, Portugal); Chun-houh
Chen (Academia Sinica, Taiwan); Robert Gentleman (Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center, USA); Tomoyuki Higuchi (The Institute of Statistical
Mathematics, Japan); Erricos Kontoghiorghes (University of Cyprus, Cyprus); Jung
Jin Lee (Soong Sil University, Korea); Youngjo Lee (Seoul National University,
Korea); Paul Murrell (The University of Auckland, New Zealand); David Scott
(Rice University, USA); Berwin Turlach (The University of Western Australia,
Australia); Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi (ESSEC, France); Huiwen Wang (Beijing
University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China); Philip Leung-ho Yu
University of Hong Kong, China).
Abstract submissions start
April 1st, 2008
Submission of abstracts deadline
July 14th, 2008
Notification of paper acceptance
August 11th, 2008
Full paper submission deadline
September 30th, 2008
Early registration deadline
August 29th, 2008
Standard registration deadline
November 21st, 2008
For more information, please contact
Chairperson of IASC 2008: Junji Nakano
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics
4-6-7 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-8569, Japan
Executive Secretary: Yoshiro Yamamoto
Tokai University, Japan
IV. The 2nd International Workshop on Computational and Financial
Econometrics (CFE'08, 19-21 June)
Organized in co-operation with the "International
Association for Statistical Computing (IASC)", "Society for Computational
Economics" and ERCIM Working Group on "Computing & Statistics"
Main sponsor: Journal of "Computational Statistics
& Data Analysis", Elsevier (The Official Journal of the IASC).
Computational and financial econometrics have been of interest for a wide
variety of researchers in economics, finance, statistics, mathematics and
computing. Financial time series analyses focus on asset valuations over time
with emphases on option pricing, volatility measurement, and modelling market
microstructure effects. Apart from theoretical developments, financial time
series analyses also have a high empirical content. The computational aspects of
such analyses are of crucial importance since one typically deals with
high-dimensional problems and large numbers of observations. Existing algorithms
often do not utilize the best computational techniques for efficiency,
stability, or conditioning. Furthermore, environments for conducting
econometrics are inherently computer based. Integrated econometrics packages
have grown well over the years, but still have much room for development.
The CSDA has published several special issues on Computational and Financial
Econometrics that have addressed computational and numerical methods used in
solving theoretical and practical issues associated with econometric algorithms,
the impact of computing on econometrics, specific applications involving
computing and econometrics, and data analytic methods in finance. These special
issues indicate the importance of computing in econometrics and highlight
research opportunities that exist in this discipline.
This workshop invites presentations that contain computational or financial
econometric components. The organization of sessions and minisymposia are
Papers containing strong computational statistical or econometric components or
substantive data-analytic elements will be considered for publication in a
peer-reviewed special issue of the journal Computational Statistics & Data
Oliver Linton, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK;
Herman Van Dijk, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Co-Chairs: A. Amendola, D. Belsley, E.J. Kontoghiorghes and M. Paolella.
International Program Committee: G. Barone-Adesi (CH), L. Bauwens (BE), M.
Binder (GE), S. Boyarchenko (NL), C. Chen (TW), J. Coakley (UK), C. Croux (BE),
R. Davidson (CA), I. Demetriou (GR), K. Fokianos (CY), P. Foschi (IT), C. Francq
(FR), A.-M. Fuertes (UK), G. Gallo (IT), M. Gilli (CH), Z. Hlavka (CZ), M.
Juillard (FR), G. Kapetanios (UK), D. Kuhn (UK), L. Khalaf (CA), C. Kleiber
(CH), O. Linton (UK), A. Luati (IT), T. Lux (GE), J. MacKinnon (CA), D. Maringer
(UK), S. Mittnik (GE), I. Moustaki (GR), Y. Omori (JP), M. Ooms (NL), S.
Paterlini (IT), D.S.G. Pollock (UK), Z. Psaradakis (UK), T. Proietti (IT), M.
Riani (IT), E. Ruiz (ES), B. Rustem (UK), W. Semmler (GE), M. Schroeder (GE), O.
Scaillet (CH), S. Siokos (UK), G. Storti (IT), H.K. Van Dijk (NL), M. Wagner
(AT), J. Walde (AT), P. Winker (GE), A. Zeileis (AT), Z. Zhang (USA), M. Wolf
Submission of 1-page abstracts
30 April 2008
Notification of decision
7 May 2008
19-21 June 2008
Submission of full papers
30 July 2008
Notification of decision
15 November 2008
30 January 2009
Single page plain text abstracts should be electronically submitted before the
For further information, refer to the Conference website:
please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop will take place jointly with the ERCIM working Group meeting on
Computing & Statistics:
The COMPSTAT 2010 Symposium will take place in
Paris. The meeting is scheduled for August 23rd to 27th,
in the premises of Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), located in
the heart of Paris (http://www.cnam.fr/).
The Conference will be organized by CNAM statisticians with the support of
INRIA, the French National Institute in Computer Science and Control (http://www.inria.fr/index.en.html).
Besides the main Conference, a satellite meeting or a tutorial will be organized
at INRIA Rocquencourt Research Unit, a campus near Versailles a few kilometres
Local Organizer: Gilbert Saporta (email@example.com).
Awards and Prizes
VI. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and
Engineering Mentoring to B.D. Allison
Prof. D.B. Allison (USA)
David B. Allison, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics
and Head of the Section on Statistical Genetics at the University of Alabama at
Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, has been given the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
There are only 10 individual winners selected each year.
David Allison is an Associate Editor for CSDA, the official journal of the IASC.
This Award, the nation’s highest for mentoring in science, engineering and
mathematics, and given by the President of the United States, recognizes ten
individuals and one organization that have demonstrated a commitment to
mentoring students and increasing the participation of minorities, women and
disabled students in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. Allison
was honoured at a White House ceremony on November 16th.
Paris, France, 4th December 2007; the
OECD announced the impending launch of a new beta service for accessing OECD
Statistics called OECD.Stat. Following five years of behind-the-scenes work to
combine OECD’s databases into a single system, OECD.Stat enables users to search
for and extract data from across OECD’s many databases for the first time.
The OECD is embarking on a programme of rolling releases that will see three new
dissemination services with a multitude of new features. OECD.Stat is the first
and was launched as a beta version, as part of SourceOECD, at Online Information
in London on the 4th of December 2007.
OECD.Stat offers three key features:
Discovery: Users can search for complex statistical data across OECD databases
with one click access to the datasets themselves from the search results.
Mix and Merge: For the first time, users can extract data from across all 50
databases in one enquiry. New functions enable users to gather and assemble data
from various datasets in unique and customizable tables.
Metadata: Improved metadata down to the level of each datapoint means that users
can understand the origins of each number and the overall context, aiding
Enrico Giovannini, OECD’s Chief Statistician said:
The gathering of reliable and intelligent information is at the core of good
politics, and societies are changing quickly, so statistics must continuously
evolve to reflect the world in which we live. The challenge for the statistical
tools that we are delivering today, and will deliver tomorrow, is not only to
make statistics easier to find and understand, but also to enable us to build a
foundation to present information that is yet to come.
The launch of OECD.Stat in SourceOECD, OECD’s iLibrary, is the first step in an
extensive project to enhance OECD’s publishing services for users, said Toby
Green, Head of OECD Publishing: Over the coming twelve months, we’ll be
launching a number of major improvements to our online services covering both
our statistical and analytical publications, OECD.Stat is just the start.
The OECD.Stat beta is available at:
Contact: Toby Green, Head of Publishing,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +33 6 10 11 49 89
International Association for Statistics Education
Andrej Blejec, National Institute of Biology,
Vecna pot 111 POB 141, Sl-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Tel: +386 1 423 33 88, Fax: +386 1 2412 980
K. Laurence Weldon, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science,
Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
Tel: +1 604 291 3667, Fax: +1 604 291 4368
Allan J. Rossman, Department of Statistics,
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA
Tel: +1 805-756-2861, Fax: +1 805-756-2700
International Conference on Teaching Statistics ICOTS-8
Data and Context in Statistics Education:
Towards an Evidence-Based Society
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 11-16 July 2010
The 2010 International Conference on Teaching Statistics will be held in the
city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 11-16. It is being organised by the IASE and
the Statistical Society of Slovenia. The venue will be the Ljubljana Cultural
and Congress Centre.
Statistics educators, statisticians, teachers and educators at large are invited
to contribute to the Scientific Programme. Types of contributions include
invited papers, contributed papers and posters. A person may not present more
than one Invited Paper at the Conference, although the same person can be
co-author of more than one paper, provided each paper is presented by a
Voluntary refereeing procedures will be implemented for ICOTS-8. Details of how
to prepare manuscripts, the refereeing process and final submission arrangements
will be announced later.
Invited Paper Sessions are organized within 10 Conference Topics. Session themes
within each Topic are currently being discussed. The themes and Session
Organisers with e-mail contact will be available on the ICOTS-8 website
http://icots8.org/, under “Scientific Programme” by June 2008. Those interested
in submitting an invited paper should contact the appropriate Session Organiser
before December 1, 2008.
Contributed Paper Sessions will be arranged in a variety of areas. Those
interested in submitting a contributed paper should contact either
Gilberte Schuyten (Gilberte.Schuyten@UGent.be),
John McKenzie (email@example.com) or
Flavia Jolliffe (F.Jolliffe@kent.ac.uk)
before September 1, 2009.
Those interested in submitting a poster should contact
Mojca Bavdaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Alesa Lotric Dolinar (email@example.com)
before January 15, 2010.
It is important to know that all participants have to register for the
Conference. Details about the registration procedure will be given later.
If requested, the IASE is normally happy to give permission for authors to
submit their papers (or a more comprehensive version) to other journals. If this
occurs, the author must seek approval of the Editors of the ICOTS-8 Proceedings
and the IASE President. The paper must have an acknowledgement saying "This
article was written for, and published in, the ICOTS-8 Proceedings and is
reprinted (in revised form, if relevant) here with the permission of the IASE".
More information is available from the ICOTS-8 website at
which will continue to be updated over the next three years, or from the ICOTS
IPC Chair John Harraway, (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Programme Chair,
Roxy Peck (email@example.com) and the Scientific Secretary, Helen MacGillivray
Contributed by John Harraway
SERJ - Statistics Education Research Journal
The Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ) is a peer-reviewed research
journal of IASE and is published electronically twice a year. It is freely
accessible at www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/serj or through the “publications” page of
the IASE website: www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase.
Contents of Vol. 6, No. 1 (May 2007):
Luc Budé, Margaretha W.J. Van De Wiel, Tjaart Imbos, Math J.J.M. Candel, Nick J.
Broers, and Martijn P.F. Berger: "Students’ Achievements in a Statistics Course
in Relation to Motivational Aspects and Study Behaviour" .
James E. Corter and Doris C. Zahner: "Use of External Visual Representations in
Probability Problem Solving".
Mark A. Earley: "Students’ Expectations of Introductory Statistics Instructors".
Contents of Vol. 6, No. 2 (November 2007):
Dustin L. Jones and James E. Tarr: "An Examination of the Levels of Cognitive
Demand Required by Probability Tasks in Middle Grade Mathematics Textbooks".
Robert delMas, Joan Garfield, Ann Ooms, and Beth Chance: "Assessing Students’
Conceptual Understanding after a First Course in Statistics".
Scott R. Evans, Rui Wang, Tzu-Min Yeh, Jeff Anderson, Rammy Haija, Paul Madoc
McBratney-Owen, Lynne Peeples, Subir Sinha, Vanessa Xanthakis, Natasa Rajcic,
and Jiameng Zhang: "Evaluation of Distance Learning in an “Introduction to
Biostatistics” Class: A Case Study".
Dirk T. Tempelaar, Sybrand Schim van der Loeff, and Wim Gijselaers: "A
Structural Equation Model Analyzing the Relationship of Students’ Attitudes
toward Statistics, Prior Reasoning Abilities and Course Performance".
Iddo Gal has reached the end of his four-year term as SERJ Co-Editor, and will
be replaced by Peter Petocz who was appointed as Co-Editor for the years
2008-2011 by the IASE Executive Committee. Peter is Associate Professor in the
Department of Statistics at Macquarie University, Australia. He is an innovative
statistics educator and also an accomplished researcher, who has published on
pedagogical issues in statistics and mathematics education. Peter will soon
begin working with Tom Short, who continues as Co-Editor through 2009.
The Journal is currently processing papers submitted for a special on research
on Reasoning about Informal Statistical Inference, planned for November 2008.
Guest Editors will be Dave Pratt (University of London, UK), and Janet Ainley
(University of Leicester, UK). Overall, SERJ aims to advance research-based
knowledge that can help to improve the teaching, learning and understanding of
statistics, probability or related quantitative research methods, at all
educational levels and in both formal (classroom-based) and informal
(out-of-classroom) contexts. SERJ encourages the submission of quality papers,
especially reports of original research (both quantitative and qualitative) and
integrative and critical reviews of research literature. Papers should be
written so as to make a definite contribution to current knowledge and have
implications both for researchers and for practitioners interested in
teaching/learning processes. All papers are reviewed internally by an Associate
Editor or Editor, and are blind-reviewed by at least two external referees.
Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Co-Editor Tom Short:
Details regarding possible paper types and submission processes are described in
the Guidelines for Authors available on the SERJ website at
www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/serj. Prior and current issues of the Journal can also
be downloaded from this web page.
Contributed by Iddo Gal
The Fifth International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking, and
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, August 11-17, 2007
The Fifth Research Forum in a series of international research forums on
statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy has just drawn to a close at the
Centre for New Technologies Research in Education of the University of Warwick,
England. This particular gathering of researchers has played an important role
in advancing our understanding of the richness and depth of reasoning about
informal inference, a natural development of previous foci on variability and
The Forum was sponsored by the Royal Statistical Society (UK), the American
Statistical Association’s (ASA) Section on Statistical Education, the Institute
of Education, University of Warwick, and the School of Education, University of
Twenty-four researchers in statistics education from seven countries shared
their work, discussed important issues, and initiated collaborative projects in
a stimulating and enriching environment. Sessions were held in an informal
style, with a high level of interaction. With emphasis on reasoning about
informal inference, a wide range of research projects were presented spanning
learners of all ages, as well as teachers and practitioners in the workplace.
These demonstrated an interesting diversity in research methods, theoretical
approaches and points of view. As a result of the success of this gathering,
plans are already underway for the next gathering (SRTL-6) in 2009.
The Research Forum proved to be very productive in many ways. Progress was made
towards identifying the key elements of statistical inference and in locating
the range of resources that might be brought to bear in supporting engagement
with those powerful ideas. Several types of scientific publications will be
produced including proceedings on the Forum’s website
(http://srtl.stat.auckland.ac.nz/), papers in refereed journals, and a special
issue of Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ), expected in 2008, with
Dave Pratt and Janet Ainley as Guest Editors. These outcomes will all serve as a
rich resource for statistics educators and researchers.
Dave Pratt (Institute of Education, University of London) and Janet Ainley
(University of Leicester) led the local planning and organizing prior to the
SRTL-5 gathering. Yvette Kingston, supported by Peter Johnston-Wilder and
Theodosia Prodromou (all University of Warwick) ensured that the Forum ran
smoothly and was able to meet its objectives. Thanks to the efforts of this
group, participants were able to not only enjoy each other’s creative efforts
during the Scientific Programme, but also to appreciate the local culture
through a variety of social events that helped to build a sense of a community
amongst the researchers.
For further information, please contact the SRTL Co-Chairs:
Joan Garfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dani Ben-Zvi, email@example.com
Contributed by Dani Ben-Zvi
International Congress on Mathematical Education ICME-11: Topic Study Group #13
Research and Development in the Teaching and Learning of Probability
Monterrey, Mexico – July 6-13, 2008
Probability and statistics education are relatively new disciplines. Both have
only recently been introduced into mainstream school curricula in many
countries. While application-oriented statistics is undisputed in its relevance,
discussion about probability is more ambivalent. When probability is reduced to
its classical conception, mainly based on combinatorics or its formal treatment
in higher mathematics, it can be seen as irrelevant, and may be abandoned to
leave only the statistical element of the stochastics discipline. However, we
believe that there are some powerful arguments in favour of a strong role for
probability within stochastics curricula.
We invite submissions related to the following topics:
Students’ understanding and misunderstanding of fundamental probabilistic
Ideas of probability in young children.
Impact of technology
The use of technology for students’ learning of probability;
Using specific software to study probability and sampling distributions;
Special issues in e-learning.
Teacher education on the topic of probability;
Teachers’ conceptions about teaching probability.
The probabilistic idea of random variable; distribution, expectation;
The central limit theorem; convergence;
Bayes’ theorem and conditional probability; independence; exchangeability;
Probabilistic modelling – a probabilistic look at distributions.
Manfred Borovcnik (Austria), firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Pratt (UK), email@example.com
Silvia Alatorre Frenk (Mexico), firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmen Batanero (Spain), email@example.com
Wu Yingkang (China), firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by Manfred Borovcnik
International Congress on Mathematical Education ICME-11: Topic Study Group #14
Research and Development in the Teaching and Learning of Statistics
Monterrey, Mexico – July 6-13, 2008
Statistics education is a growing field of research and development at school
and university levels. The topic group will focus on presenting and discussing
recent research. Statistics at school level is usually taught in the mathematics
classroom in connection with learning probability. Inferential statistics is
based on basic understandings of probability. Our topic includes probabilistic
aspects in learning statistics, whereas, research with a specific focus on
learning probability is being discussed by Topic Study Group #13 of ICME.
We are open to all kinds of relevant research papers, but our specific focus
will be on the following topics:
Students’ thinking and reasoning about distributions (including variability,
Students’ making inferences from data (from informal inference to more formal
inference, inference from sample to population or process, from data to context,
role of models and probability);
Role of technology (tools, applets, Internet);
Research on teachers and teaching of statistics.
Rolf Biehler (Germany), email@example.com
Mike Shaughnessy (USA), firstname.lastname@example.org
Omar Rouan (Morocco), email@example.com
Ernesto Sánchez (Mexico), firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Watson (Australia), Jane.Watson@utas.edu.au
Contributed by Manfred Borovcnik
The 2009 Session of The International Statistical Institute
Durban, South Africa, August 16–22, 2009
The IASE sponsored Invited Paper Meetings for the 57th Session in Durban are
being organised by Helen MacGillivray (Australia, email@example.com). The IASE Programme Committee for ISI-57
has chosen the theme - Statistics Education for the Future. More information is
Contributed by the Editors
International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP)
Countries registered in the First International Statistical Literacy
Competition so far
Registration for the First International Statistical Literacy Competition is
going well. Two months before the deadline of February 28th for the
northern hemisphere, there are 17 countries represented. These countries, ranked
by the number of teachers they have registered – from highest to lowest – are:
South Africa, Portugal, Italy, China, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Spain,
Mexico, Chile, United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Indonesia,
Nigeria and Russia. Visit the competition’s website periodically for the updated
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/islp/competition. For each teacher
registered, there will be several 10-18-year old students participating. Don’t
miss the opportunity to encourage teachers in your country to register.
Countries in the southern hemisphere have a later deadline to compensate for the
fact that their long summer vacation is during December and January. We
anticipate many more countries to be represented, and the number of
registrations to increase in those countries mentioned above.
Statistics South Africa is sponsoring all phases of the competition in South
Africa, as well as coordinating it. It also has included the competition in the
ISIBALO program, and will sponsor the final, where the winners from each country
will compete. It is a great honour for the ISLP and all of us involved in the
competition to have a host so dedicated to the promotion of statistical
literacy, nationally and internationally, and to be part of the ISIBALO program.
Statistics South Africa not only sanctions some of the best statistics in the
country in order to make them “official”, but it also takes some of the best
teachers in the country to Statistics education conferences and workshops.
Statistics South Africa also took two of the eldest teachers in the country to
dance and talk with other statisticians during ISI 56 in Lisboa, and to invite
everybody to attend ISI 57 in Durban. These are teachers who have a school in
2009 Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy: Call for
The International Statistical Literacy Project of the International Association
for Statistics Education (ISLP/IASE), a Section of the ISI, is pleased to
announce the call for nominations for the 2009 Best Cooperative Project Award in
Statistical Literacy. The 2007 Award went to Project ALEA of Statistics Portugal
This award is given every two years in recognition of outstanding,
innovative, and influential statistical literacy projects that affect a broad
segment of the general public and are fruit of the cooperation of different
types of institutions (national statistical office and schools, schools and
statistical societies, statistical societies and statistical offices,
statistical societies, college, schools, etc.). A project making a good
candidate for this award should have the following characteristics:
a. It is currently alive and has potential to remain so in the future, that is,
the project is currently being maintained. Projects that stopped being
maintained in the past should not apply.
b. Access to the project resources and membership in the project is free to all.
c. Educates on concepts of statistical theory and data analysis, their use in
the development of information about countries and societies, and their
application in a broad spectrum of disciplines and areas of society, with
concern towards modern data handling, experimentation, and graphical methods.
d. Has content that are pedagogically sound for a general audience (adult and
youth, media and statisticians, teachers and students, social and natural
e. Involves two or more institutions that would usually not work in cooperation.
Examples are projects that involve the cooperation between a national
statistical office, a school and a government education office, like the ALEA
Project, winner of the 2007 award. (Other examples are cooperation among
universities and schools, or schools and statistical societies or media experts,
statistical societies, national statistical offices, schools, and combinations
f. It is attractive to a broad audience, i.e., it has a “fun” appeal to it,
invites to enter and learn, read and use the project on a daily basis as a
source of knowledge and information. Some characteristics that make it such are:
Color, variety, easy to find material, dynamism, updated, sound pedagogy,
contemporary subject matter, interactivity.
g. Has archives that are widely available. For example, if there is a regularly
run contest, past winners should be known. If current events have been
interpreted statistically in the past, those interpretations should be easy to
h. Has international outreach and makes creative use of available resources. For
example, a web page in English would help the dissemination of the resources to
To nominate a project, interested parties must submit a nomination letter
and/or questions to Juana Sanchez, Director of the ISLP (firstname.lastname@example.org),
no later than February 28th, 2009. In your letter, please explain how the
project nominated satisfies all the characteristics described above. If the
project does not have a web page, the ISLP reserves the right to request
additional information. Projects will be evaluated by a panel of international
statistical literacy experts selected by the ISLP during the spring of 2009. The
winner and finalists will be announced during the ISLP open meeting at the ISI
Session in Durban, South Africa, in August 2009.
The website of the contest is
The ISLP Congratulates Pali Lehohla
We are very pleased to congratulate Statistician General of South Africa, Pali
Lehohla for the award he received from the South African Statistical Association
for his contributions to the improvement of statistical literacy in South
Africa. The award was given to him during the inaugural session of the 50th
Annual Conference of the South African Statistical Association, 29th October-2nd
November in Misty Hills Conference Center, Muldersdrift, South A frica. The South
African Statistical Association Education Committee works in close cooperation
with Statistics South Africa to promote statistical literacy in the country.
The ISLP web page has more information on these news items and many others.
Visit us at
International Association of Survey Statisticians
Heeringa, Scientific Secretary IASS, Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson St.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
Tel: +1 734 647-4621
do Nascimento Silva, President, IASS, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute,
University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
Péronnet, Executive Director
Claude Olivier, Secretary
INSEE/CEFIL, 3 rue de la Cité, 33500 Libourne, France.
Tel.: +33 5 5755 5600
Fax: +33 5 5755 5620
Vespa, Executive Secretary, Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations
Internationales (CEPII), 9 rue Georges Pitard, 75015 Paris, France.
Tel.:+33-1-53685571 Fax : +33-1-53685501
Message from the IASS President
It is both an honour and a big challenge to preside over the IASS after
Gordon Brackstone’s presidential term. He directed the activities of our
Association to high standards of excellence, provided a steady leadership and
certainly knew how to get the best from collaborators in the Associations’
Executive Committee, Council and membership. I hope that all members will join
me in giving Gordon due recognition for his services to the IASS and a big THANK
Time also to thank outgoing members of the Executive, Vice-Presidents John Kovar
and Jelke Bethlehem, and Scientific Secretary Lilli Japec, for their many
contributions to the IASS during the past 2˝ years. John will now be busy
running the ISI Programme Coordinating Committee for ISI Durban in 2009, a
challenging role for which we wish him well.
I welcome aboard our elected members of the Executive: Pierre Lavallée and Seppo
Laaksonen, as Vice-Presidents, and Steve Heeringa as Scientific Secretary. In
addition to contributing to the other activities and debates within the
Executive, Seppo agreed to look into ways of improving our network of country
representatives, Pierre will look after the scientific meetings activities, and
Steve will coordinate the short course programme for ISI 2009 in Durban – see
the call for course proposals presented later in this issue. Susan Linacre also
joined our Executive as President-Elect, to serve as President from 2009-2011.
Congratulations, Susan, and welcome.
Thanks are also due to outgoing Council Members Pascal Ardilly, J-J. Droesbeke,
Guido Ferrari, Linda Hewitt, Naman Keita and Hiek Som. Remaining Council Members
(2005-2009) Giuliana Coccia (Italy), Geoffrey Lee (Australia), Leila Mohadjer
(United States), Sarah M. Nusser (United States), Don Royce (Canada) and Wei
Juan (China) are now joined by incoming Council Members (2007-2011) Jairo Arrow
(South Africa), Louise Bourque (Canada), Kathryn Inglis-Clark (Australia),
Dalisay Maligalig (Philippines), Paul-André Salamin (Switzerland), and Shyam
Upadhaya (Nepal). Such diversity of geographic and professional representation
in the Council shall ensure that our decisions and actions reflect the core
values and goals of our Association. I welcome the opportunity to work together
with such a distinguished group of Survey Statisticians from all over the world.
Last but not the least, we continue to enjoy the generous support of INSEE in
France from our Executive Director, Michel Péronnet, and Secretariat, with Anne
Marie Vespa and Claude Olivier, for which we are also very grateful. I shall
soon visit them in Libourne to discuss ways in which we can improve the services
and communications with our membership.
I hope those of you who attended the ISI Session in Lisboa enjoyed it as much as
I did. The 14 Invited Paper Meetings (IPMs) organised or co-organised by the
IASS Programme Committee under David Steel were all well attended. We thank
David, all the members of his Programme Committee, together with organisers,
authors and discussants who worked to make them a success story. As many of you
will know, preparations for the IPMs to be organised or co-sponsored by IASS
during the 2009 meetings in Durban are well underway under the leadership of our
council member Leila Mohadjer, and a list of the topics for these sessions
appears later in this issue. The full list of topics for IPM sessions appeared
in the October issue of ISI Newsletter, and is available from the ISI website at
I am pleased to announce that council member Geoff Lee agreed to Chair the IASS
Programme Committee to prepare the programme of IASS invited paper meetings for
the Dublin Session of the ISI in 2011. Geoff will now appoint his Committee to
work towards this goal. Those wishing to contribute to this objective, please
feel free to get in touch with him directly.
Let me use my first letter as President to set out some goals and ideas for my
term in office. This is meant to provide all members with a chance to know what
we intend to do, and to contribute their views, criticisms and suggestions.
I wish to increase IASS´s membership and participation in all activities
promoted by the Association. Members are therefore encouraged to take an active
role in recruiting new members. If each one of us commits to recruiting a single
new member, we could quickly double the membership!
I believe that membership to IASS is good value for money: discounted
subscription to the two excellent journals: Survey Methodology and the Journal
of Official Statistics; cheaper registration fees to the ISI Sessions and all
other meetings organised by our Association; excellent newsletter and website;
the opportunities to take the short courses we offer in combination with the ISI
Sessions every two years; networking in general, as well as contact
opportunities with the leaders in our field from around the world, are just a
few of the benefits of membership that you can use to attract fellow
statisticians to become members. If you think that there are other services we
could aim to provide members with, please let us have your ideas and
suggestions. Meanwhile, please help to recruit at least one new member for IASS:
at just € 10 for those in developing countries, or € 20 for other members, this
is a very attractive membership package. The registration form can be found on
our website (http://isi.cbs.nl/iass/).
One of the rich parts of our activities is the programme of professional and
scientific meetings that we either organise independently or co-sponsor with
sister societies. Just after the ISI Session in Lisboa, we sponsored the
Satellite Meeting on “Innovative Methodologies for Censuses in the New
Millennium”, which took place in Southampton, UK. Papers and presentation
materials from this Conference are available from
http://www.s3ri.soton.ac.uk/isi2007/programme.php. It is time to consider
ideas for similar satellite meetings to take place around the time of the Durban
Session in 2009. Ideas and proposals for such meetings are welcome. Members are
also invited to be proactive in proposing, promoting and taking an active part
in the Association’s activities. Do let us know if you have suggestions about
activities that we could sponsor or help to promote and organise.
Let me now turn to the publication of our newsletter. Steve Heeringa (Editor)
and Gail Arnold (Production Manager) have taken care of The Survey Statistician
over the past 4˝ years. We must pay tribute to their dedication and competence,
which is evident in the quality we find in our newsletter. However, it is time
to move on, since Steve is taking over as Scientific Secretary. I am very
pleased to announce that Dan Hedlin (email@example.com)
and Annica Isaksson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
from Sweden will be the new joint Editors of The Survey Statistician, starting
with the June 2008 issue. We wish them well, and encourage you to send them any
suggestions or contributions to our newsletter. In particular, I urge our
country representatives and other collaborators to keep their country reports
coming, so that we can all keep abreast of the developments and activities
worldwide. We welcome members´ contributions in the form of short news articles,
information about statistical activities in their countries, news of events and
developments, as well as information education or professional opportunities
that might be available and should be disseminated to the IASS membership. The
new Editors will in due course set out their own plans for the newsletter
We are also fortunate to have Eric Rancourt continuing to look after our website
I plan to work closely with Eric to enhance our website even further, seeking to
make it home to more services to our membership and to increase its use as a
means to facilitate communication with and amongst the membership.
Let me finish this first letter by inviting you to help strengthen our
Association by taking part and keeping in touch. I look forward to working with
Message from the
This issue of the Survey Statistician follows the biennial transition to new
leadership of the IASS. As the departing Editor of the Survey Statistician and
the newly elected Scientific Secretary, I would like to begin my report by
saying thank you to the IASS members who have assisted me in past activities and
to those who prepared me for my new role. I wish to thank Anders Christianson,
John Kovar, Eric Rancourt, Dennis Trewin, Claude Olivier, Lilli Japec and Gordon
Brackstone for their editorial and production contributions to the Survey
Statistician. A special note of appreciation is due to Gail Arnold who served as
Production Editor for the Survey Statistician and did the lion’s share of the
work in assembling and formatting each semi-annual issue since January 2004. As
I move into new duties as Scientific Secretary, I wish to acknowledge the
mentorship and support of Lilli Japec, IASS Scientific Secretary 2005-2007, and
Pedro Silva, IASS President.
The principal role of the office of IASS Scientific Secretary is to support and
promote the scientific exchange, education and training activities of our
Association. To that end, I encourage you to send me information on conferences,
workshops, web-based or in-person training resources that you feel might benefit
the general IASS membership. I will see that this information is included in
regular reports in the Survey Statistician and is also posted on the IASS
website. Please send your notices to me by e-mail at
Although IASS is not a direct sponsor, one Conference that might be of broad
interest to IASS members is one on sample surveys and Bayesian statistics, which
will take place in August 2008 in Southampton, UK. An item on this Conference
appears in the ISI Calendar of Events (http://isi.cbs.nl/calendar.htm).
Further information on this August 2008 Conference is available at
Call for Proposals for IASS Short Courses, Durban, 2009
The most significant educational activity of the IASS is the programme of short
courses in Survey Statistics and Methodology that are offered immediately prior
to the biennial meetings of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).
The IASS offered six short courses immediately prior to the formal opening of
the 2007 ISI Lisboa Session. Several IASS members have already volunteered ideas
for new courses that they feel would be a valuable addition to the
pre-conference training programme for 2009. The IASS Executive is now actively
planning for 2009 and is interested in hearing proposals for new short courses
to be offered in Durban. If you have a short course topic that you feel would be
a valuable addition to the Durban 2009 programme, please send a short proposal
for the new course to Steve Heeringa (email@example.com).
Proposals for new short courses need not be overly formal; however, it is
important that your description of the course address each of the following
- Course title and subject area description;
- Name of text (if applicable), source of other instructional materials;
- Syllabus for a course of approximately two days (12-16 contact hours);
- Target audience for the course, evidence of demand (optional);
- Statement of relevance to the general IASS membership;
Statement of special relevance to statisticians in developing and transitional
countries, in particular junior statisticians from African countries that will
be attending the 2009 ISI Durban Session.
Please submit your proposal for a new short course to Steve Heeringa
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1, 2008. After that date, the IASS Executive
will review the historical offerings and the new proposals and establish a
preliminary programme of short courses for Durban 2009.
Steve Heeringa, IASS Scientific Secretary
Report from the 2009 Programme Committee
The IASS Programme Committee for the 57th Session of the ISI was formed in the
summer of 2006. The Committee includes the following members.
||Statistics South Africa
||Department of Statistics
||Wilton de Oliveira
||Bussab Department of Informative & Quantitative Methods
||Chauchat University of Lyon
||National Bureau of Statistics
||Benjamin F. Kiregyera (Prof. Ben Kiregyera)
||Uganda Bureau of Statistics
||Australian Bureau of Statistics
||University of Trier
||Don A. Royce
||Central Bureau of Statistics
||Office for National Statistics
||National Statistical Coordination Board
||U.S. Bureau of the Census
The Committee came up with an initial list of about 80 topics for the 2009
Invited Paper Meetings. In addition, suggestions were solicited from the IASS
membership through announcements in the newsletter. The initial list was first
reduced to about 35 topics by consolidating similar topics, and eliminating
topics that were covered in recent ISI meetings. The Committee then created a
final list of 23 topics that was submitted to John Kovar, the Chair of the 2009
ISI Programme Coordinating Committee, prior to the 2007 ISI meetings.
In creating our final list of topics proposed for the 57th Session, we looked
for a balance of theoretical and practical statistical topics. Preference was
generally given to topics of wide and practical interest with an emphasis on new
developments. In addition, special attention was given to topics addressing
problems faced by developing countries, and especially topics of interest to
The Committee came up with a list of organisers and, in many cases, lists of
potential speakers for the proposed topics with the goal of having a good
geographic (including transitional and developing countries), gender, and age
representation. However, in many cases, we were unsuccessful in bringing in
organisers or speakers from developing countries as lack of resources prohibits
these colleagues from travelling to Durban. In addition, the Committee actively
engaged in discussions with other Sections, looking for opportunities to
collaborate. The following is a list of proposed IASS sponsored (or
co-sponsored) sessions as reported by the 2009 ISI Programme Coordinating
Committee and included in the ISI Newsletter,
Vol. 31, No. 3, 2007.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee members for all
their efforts in putting together such a strong list of proposed topics for the
57th Session. I appreciate the attention they gave to this task given their very
busy schedules. I would like to thank Gordon for his guidance and support in
organising the Committee and the subsequent activities, and many thanks to John
Kovar for his effective leadership of the Coordinating Committee.
IASS Related Invited Paper Meetings
for the 57th ISI Session,
Durban, South Africa
Invited Paper Meeting Title
Comparing Poverty and
Prices across National Boundaries - the ICP Programmed and Poverty
Mirriam Babita, South Africa,
Mauro Scanu, Italy, ISTAT,
Tomas Aluja-Banet, Spain,
Conducting Surveys in Adverse Conditions (tentative title).
To be determined, c/o Leyla Mohadjer,
Estimation Issues in Health Statistics
Wilton Bussab, Brazil,
Assessing Respondent Load
Richard Penny, New Zealand,
New Developments in
Monitoring and Controlling Field Data Collection Activities
Dina Neiger, Australia,
in Survey Methodology Research - Design and Estimation
Paul Smith, UK,
Outliers in Complex
Julie Gershunskaya, USA,
and Partha Lahiri, USA,
Nonresponse Bias in
Jelke Bethlehem, Netherlands,
New Developments in
Modeling and Analysis of Survey Data
Jay Breidt, USA,
New Methodologies in
Sampling Rare and Elusive Populations
Sanghamitra Pal, India,
Data to Produce Small Area Estimation
Mike Hidiroglou, Canada,
Surveys - Design, Implementation, and Estimation
Denise Silva, UK and Brazil,
Issues In Price Index
Methodology and Measurement
Sylvie Gauthier, Canada,
Survey Results to Public
Tommy Wright, USA,
What Role, If Any,
Should Weights Play in the Analysis of Survey Data
Phil Kott, USA,
Models of modern data
and metadata systems
To be determined, c/o Paul van den Bergh,
demographic statistics with flawed vital registration systems
John Cleland, UK,
Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics
Jan Smets, Executive Director, National Bank
of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 221 2046, Fax: +32 2 2213239
Mr. Christian Dembiermont, Monetary and
Economic Department, Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland
Tel: +41 61 280 8313, Fax: +41 61 280 9100
Ms. Madeleine Op't Hof, Monetary and Economic Department, Bank for
International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland
Tel: +41 61 280 8335, Fax: +41 61 280 9100
The IFC organised a workshop on "The use of surveys by central banks” from 11
to 13 December 2007, in cooperation with the Centre for Latin American Monetary
Studies (CEMLA) and the Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina. The workshop
took place in Buenos Aires and focused on methodological issues and challenges
faced by central banks in conducting surveys. Lively discussions took place
among the 26 Latin American participants and 5 central bank experts from outside
the region. The workshop also provided an excellent opportunity to market the
IFC and its activities in the Latin American region.
This workshop in Buenos Aires was the second in a series of three IFC-organised
workshops on this topic. The first took place in Pune, India, from 27 to 29 June
2007 in cooperation with SEACEN (the South East Asian Central Banks Research and
Training Centre). A third workshop will be presented in cooperation with the
Austrian National Bank at the Joint Vienna Institute from 18 to 20 March 2008.
The results of these three workshops will be published in a future issue of the
Workshop on Securities Statistics
On 4 and 5 March 2008, the IFC will sponsor a workshop on "Securities
statistics”. The event will be hosted by the IMF in Washington, D.C. The aim of
the workshop is to identify issues that users and compilers of statistics in
this area face and how existing international methodologies could be improved to
2008 IFC Conference
The fourth IFC Conference will take place on 26 and 27 August 2008 in Basel.
The conference will focus on “Measuring financial innovation and its impact”.
Themes that could be covered include: compilation of data on new financial
instruments; measuring the impact of innovations on financial market activities;
and new risk measurement and management practices in financial institutions.
Participation is open to IFC institutional members, other central banks, as well
as members of other ISI Sections and committees. Persons interested in
submitting papers for the conference should feel free to contact the IFC
Secretariat for more information.
The IFC's Contribution to ISI Sessions
The IFC will sponsor or co-sponsor 6 IPMs for the 57th ISI Session
in Durban in 2009, namely:
- IPM 102: The implementation of, and the training on, the new SNA and BOP
(jointly with IAOS);
- IPM 104: Quantification of qualitative data from surveys;
- IPM 105: The size and impact of statistical revisions;
- IPM 106: Statistics of institutional investors;
- IPM 107: Models of modern data and metadata systems;
- IPM 111: Measuring access to monetary and financial services.
Furthermore, the IFC has identified topics for possible CPMs, some of which
might be of particular relevance for the African region. The Committee will also
consider holding a satellite meeting with central banks from the Southern
African Development Community prior to the start of the ISI Session.
International Society for Business and Industrial
Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi
Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences (SID)
ESSEC Business School Paris
Avenue Bernard Hirsch, B.P. 50105
95021 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
Tel: +33-1-3443-3656; Fax: +33-1-3443-3691
Suite 251, 184 Blues Point Road
McMahons Point NSW 2060 Australia
Tel: +61 2 9922-1623; Fax: +61 2 9922-1635
ISBIS official Journal - Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry
Word from the President…
ISBIS has now developed a Four-year Plan of
activities for the period 2007-2011. This can be found on the ISBIS website,
www.isbis.org. Several of the
activities in the Plan are based on active collaboration with other professional
societies, taking initiatives in Less Developed countries, and including younger
members of the profession in the work of the Society.
Nicholas Fisher – ISBIS President
July 1-4, 2008
Prague, Czech Republic
ISBIS-2008 is an international symposium focusing
on quantitative aspects of Banking, Insurance and Finance, and important
statistical issues relating to productivity improvement and decision-making at
all levels of business and industry. Many world leading quantitative financial
analysts and industrial statisticians will be participating.
The symposium will be held in the beautiful medieval city of Prague (Czech
Republic) from 1-4 July 2008.
ISBIS-2008 will cover, among others, the following major themes in the areas of,
respectively, Quantitative Analytics for Banking, Finance and Insurance and
Business and Industrial Statistics:
Modelling and Managing Portfolio Credit Risk
Structured Credit Products and Securitisation
Regulatory Issues in Banking, such as Basel II, internal rating systems, model
Integrating Market and Credit Risk Term
Structure Models Pricing and Hedging of Derivatives
Portfolio Management and Dynamic Portfolio Optimisation
Pensions and Retirement Securities
Mortality Models and Securities
Regulatory Issues in Insurance, such as Solvency II, Solvency Tests
Energy and Power: Derivatives and Risk Management
Design of Experiments
Six Sigma and Other Quality Management Paradigms
Case Studies and Novel Statistical Applications
Information Technology and Network Modelling
Large Data Sets in Business and Industry
New Developments and Applications in Data Mining and Machine Learning
Risk Analysis and Management
Panel Discussions on current research and future needs/challenges
Authors will have the opportunity to submit
extended versions of their papers for publication in a special edition of the
Society's journal, Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry.
ISBIS-2008 is being scientifically organised by:
Nicholas Fisher, ValueMetrics, Australia
Chair of International Scientific Program
George Michailidis, University of Michigan, USA
Chair of Quantitative Analytics Program
Rüdiger Kiesel, University of Ulm, Germany
If you are interested in attending the ISBIS-2008,
please express your interest online at:
December 1-3, 2008
ISBIS is sponsoring the 2008 International
Conference on Applied Probability and Statistics (with emphasis in Business and
Industrial Statistics). CAPS-2008 will be held at the Press Club in Hanoi,
Vietnam, from December 1-3, 2008.
The first International Conference on Probability and Statistics and their
Applications was held in Hanoi in 1999. Similar to that conference, CAPS-2008
aims to promote practical applications of probability and statistics,
particularly in business and industry, and to strengthen international relations
among researchers in these areas. Contributed papers to the Conference can be on
Applied Probability or any area of Statistics. The Conference is of interest
both to researchers and to practitioners from business and industry. Main
Computational and Graphical Statistics
Design of Experiments
Integrating Market and Credit Risk
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Mortality Models and Securities
Pricing and Hedging of Derivatives
Statistical Process Control
CAPS-2008's confirmed keynote and invited speakers
include Nick Fisher (ISBIS President), Vijay Nair (University of Michigan, USA),
D.K.J. Lin (Penn State University, USA), and Pham Gia Thu (University of
There will be an ISBIS Workshop on Statistics for Business and Industry on 30
November 2008. Other workshops are under consideration and will be announced
CAPS-2008 venue is one of the first-class conference facilities
in the heart of Hanoi and within walking distance from the magnificent Opera
House, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, St. Joseph Cathedral, Thang Long Water
Puppet Theatre, Hoa Lo Prison ("The Hanoi Hilton") and shopping outlets.
Call for papers and other useful information can be downloaded from:
If you are interested in attending the CAPS-2008, please express your interest
ISBIS at other Conferences
One of the objectives of ISBIS is to develop and
promote relationships among national and regional organizations involved in
activities similar to those of ISBIS.
With this in mind, ISBIS is sponsoring the opening session plus four invited
sessions at the XVIII Simposio de Estadística in Cartegena, Colombia, from 11-15
This symposium is the National Statistics meeting for Colombia and Venezuela.
Stu Hunter is the featured speaker at the opening session. Bovas Abraham is
organizing two sessions. Jim Simpson, the current Editor of Quality Engineering,
is organizing another session, and Geoff Vining is organizing the fourth. Bill
Meeker and Luis Escobar are teaching a short course on reliability.
The conference website is:
ISBIS New Website (www.isbis.org)
ISBIS is proud to officially announce the address of its new website. Although
the site is still partly under construction, this is now the place to look for
up-to-date information on the activities of ISBIS. All members are therefore
kindly invited to update their favorite link to
Features still under development include a member-only zone with electronic
access to the AMSBI-Journal, list of members by country, papers from past
conferences and much more.
For further information on the website, or suggestions for its content, please
contact Yves Grize (ISBIS President-Elect) at
ISBIS membership is open to all individuals and organisations with a
professional interest in any aspect of business, financial and industrial
Research, teaching, training and consulting;
Involvement in the use of statistics in areas such as quality and reliability
improvement, software development, financial statistics, business and
There are individual, institutional, and student memberships. Details and
application forms can be obtained from the ISBIS website:
www.isbis.org or contact
Nicholas Fisher (email@example.com).
If you are already a member of the ISI and one of its Sections, you can add
ISBIS to your membership for a small fee by sending an e-mail to Margaret de
Ruiter-Molloy in the ISI Office (@cbs.nl).
Successful ISOSS Conference with a Global Reach
The 9th Islamic Countries Conference on Statistical
Sciences (ICCS-IX), jointly organised by the Islamic Countries Society
of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS) and Institute of Statistics Malaysia
(ISM), attracted over 350 professional and academic statisticians from
all over the world. The Conference was held in Shah Alam (Malaysia) from
12-14 December 2007. The Conference had a number of sponsors, among them
the Pemodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), the largest Malaysian Government's
Investment Corporation, a number of public universities in Malaysia and
the Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Centre for
Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC). The Local Organising Committee (chaired by
Dato’Dr Jamil Bin Osman) did an excellent job in running the Conference.
Reflecting on the theme of the Conference - Statistics in the
Contemporary World: Theories, Methods and Applications - the tone of the
Conference was set by the first keynote speaker Dato' Hamad, President
of PNB, who emphasised the role of statistics in decision-making at the
highest level and the need for an increase in the number of trained
statisticians. Further keynote addresses were given by Professors A.S.
Hadi (outlier detection for linear and nonlinear models), K. Mengersen
(role of priors) and M. Ghosh (survey on ancillarity).
Some 160 papers were presented during the three days, covering a wide
range of topics in contemporary statistical research. Invited paper
sessions, for example, discussed survival analysis, directional data,
robust statistics, inference, financial statistics, official statistics,
time series, applications in social sciences, and bioinformatics. Most
of the contributed papers presented new research in statistical
methodology. Diverse applications of statistics were a second major part
of the talks.
The Director-General of SESRTCIC, Dr. Savas Alpay, chaired the special
session organised by SESRTCIC on the activities of various national
statistical organisations. The session was addressed by Dr. Unal
Gundogan, Vice-President of the Turkish Statistical Institute, Ankara,
Mr. Mohanna Abdulkarim Al-Mohanna, Deputy Director-General for
Statistical Affairs, Saudi Arabia, and Ms. Hajah Wan Ramlah Wan Abd.
Raof, Chief Statistician, Malaysia. The Conference created an
opportunity for an exchange of views between the Executive Committee of
the ISI (represented by ISI Vice-President Stephan Morgenthaler) and the
ISOSS (under the leadership of Dr. Shahjahan Khan). For more information
on ISOSS, see
http://www.isoss.com.pk. The common interest of both the ISI and
ISOSS is to involve more statisticians in their activities, particularly
to attract members from developing countries with special emphasis on
our female colleagues.
In 1999, the ISOSS introduced the award of the ISOSS Gold Medal for
outstanding contribution in the development of statistics and services
to the ISOSS. During the Conference Dinner, the winners of the ICCS-IX
Gold Medal were announced. The recipients were M. Ahmad (Founding
President of ISOSS), S. Khan (Australia), A.S. Hadi (Egypt) and H. Mian
(Pakistan). The ISOSS also recognised the outstanding contributions of a
number of members of the Local Organising Committee as well as the ISM
with the award of the ISOSS Crest.
The life and work of M.S. Haq (1935-2007), who held a Professorship at
the University of Western Ontario (Canada), was remembered in a memorial
The ISOSS started its journey in August 1988 in Lahore, Pakistan, the
place of ICCS-I. The visionary leadership and dedication of Professor
Munir Ahmad and his esteemed team had succeeded in organising 8 biennial
conferences, and had established ISOSS as a reputed regional
organisation. Recently, Professor Ahmad has bought and donated a
property in Lahore to house the ISOSS headquarters. One of the main
objectives of the ICCS-IX has been to take ISOSS global and involve all
professional statisticians regardless of nationality, race, gender and
religion. The Conference in Shah Alam, Malaysia, has achieved this goal.
Shahjahan Khan, PhD
Department of Mathematics & Computing
University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Section of the participants at the ICCS-IX including
ISI representative Professor Stephan Morgenthaler
(second from the left on the front row)
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