2015 News

Statistics Canada’s Methodology Symposium 2014
21 December | 2015

Statistics Canada's 2014 International Methodology Symposium took place at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau in October 2014. Raymond Chambers (University of Wollongong) was the keynote speaker, presenting the paper 'Survey Sampling in Official Statistics - Some Thoughts on Directions'.


New Co-Editor-in-Chief for International Statistical Review
21 December | 2015

Nalini Ravishanker (University of Connecticut) has now joined Raymond Chambers (University of Wollongong) as co-Editor-in-Chief of International Statistical Review. Both Nalini's and Ray's terms in these positions will run until 2019.


Statistics Receives Highest Research Rating
11 December | 2015

Statistics at UOW received the highest possible rating of 5, well above world standard, in the latest evaluation of research released by the Australian Research Council.


NIASRA and the International Association of Survey Statisticians
19 November | 2015

David Steel has been elected to the Council of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS) for the period 2015 to 2019.


First Latin American ISI Satellite Meeting on Small Area Estimation
17 November | 2015

NIASRA's Professor Raymond Chambers was on the Advisory Board and Program Committee at the First Latin American ISI Satellite Meeting on Small Area Estimation (SAE 2015) in Santiago, Chile, 3-5 August 2015. Research student Das Sumonkanti presented a paper titled "Estimation of Small Area Distribution Functions under Heteroskedasticity".


Paper Presented at Sunbelt Conference in Brighton
17 August | 2015

Dr. Pavel Krivitsky presented a paper titled "Quantifying Uncertainty in Dynamic Network Models fit to Egocentrically Sampled Data" at the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) 2015 Sunbelt Conference in Brighton, UK on June 23–28.


Paper in Statistical Science on Effective Sample Size in Network Modeling
17 August | 2015

What happens to the structure of social networks as they get bigger? How can complex network models accommodate changing network sizes, and how does it affect inference? In a recent Statistical Science paper, "On the Question of Effective Sample Size in Network Modeling: An Asymptotic Inquiry", NIASRA member Dr. Pavel Krivitsky and Prof. Eric Kolaczyk (Boston University) use asymptotics and computer simulation to study how the substantive model for network growth interacts with statistical inference.


Imputation of Household Survey Data Using Linear Mixed Models
8 July | 2015

Should imputes of missing data in household surveys make use of the structure of people within households? Soon-to-be-Dr Luise Lago and Associate Professor Robert Clark of NIASRA answer this question in a paper published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics.


Short Courses in 2015
29 June | 2015

NIASRA will be running three short courses at the Sydney Business School, Circular Quay in October and December 2015.


New Appointments in Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometry
22 June | 2015

Due to the outstanding success that the Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometry in NIASRA has achieved in attracting significant industry-based research funding, three more appointments have been made recently. Mr Daniel Tolhurst, Professor Ari Verbyla and Dr Chong You have joined the team led by Professor Brian Cullis.


International Recognition for Statistics at UOW
8 May | 2015

The University of Wollongong has been rated in the top 200 Universities worldwide for Statistics & Operational Research in the recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.


New Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review
12 March | 2015

Raymond (Ray) Chambers will become Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review on April 1, 2015, taking over from Vijay Nair. Marc Hallin will continue his position as a Co-Editor-in-Chief.


Potential gains from using unit level cost information in a model-assisted framework
6 March | 2015

In theory, areas which are more costly to enumerate should be sampled less intensively than cheaper areas. A recent paper by NIASRA researchers David Steel and Robert Clark in the journal Survey Methodology shows that these gains are difficult to realise in practice. They derive guidelines for the likely cost saving from using this information when unit costs are only approximately known.


GRDC Honours Scholarship Successes
26 February | 2015

Nicole Cocks and Lauren Borg received GRDC Honours Scholarships for 2015 and will be working on key projects with contribution to the Australian wheat industry. They will be jointly supervised by Prof. Brian Cullis (Director, CBB) and Emi Tanaka (Research Fellow, CBB).


NIASRA at the Applied Statistics and Public Policy Analysis Conference
8 January | 2015

Sumonkanti Das and Mossamet Kamrun Nesa participated in the Applied Statistics and Public Policy Analysis Conference (ASPPAC) held on 11-12 December 2014 at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.


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