To encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics, the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is announcing its next annual competition for the best paper in the field of official statistics written by a young statistician.  In addition to the monetary prizes, the first place winner will receive travel funds to present the paper at one of the sessions at the 61st World Statistics Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in July 2017.

 

We encourage submitters to address, and propose solutions to, pressing methodological or strategic issues in the area of official statistics at the regional, national or international level. The paper must be ten or fewer pages in length, be submitted in English, and not have been previously presented in a public forum or published. An international panel will judge the papers based on the following criteria:

 

  • Scientific and/or strategic merit;

  • Originality;

  • Applicability of the ideas in (practice of) statistical offices; and

  • Quality of the exposition.

 

Papers must be submitted by February 15, 2017 till 11:59 PM according to (GMT+2) timing. The decision of the panel will be final. Prizes will only be awarded if papers of significant quality are submitted.

 

A maximum of three co-authors is allowed for a paper. An author can participate in only one paper. The author or authors of the best paper will be awarded:

  • A cash prize valued at €1,500 (divided among co-authors if applicable);

  • Presentation of the paper at a session at the 61st World Statistics Congress, with airfare and hotel accommodation provided (for only one author in situations of co-authorship);

  • Two years of IAOS membership; and

  • A certificate of award from the IAOS acknowledging success in this competition.

 

Prizes may also be awarded to those in second and third place:

  • 2nd  Place - A cash prize valued at €1000, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate;

  • 3rd  Place - A cash prize valued at €500, 2 years of IAOS membership, and a certificate.

 

Prize winning papers will be considered for publication in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS.

To be eligible, authors (and co-authors) must:

  • Be under the age of 35 on December 15, 2016; and

  • Be employed[1] by an official statistical agency[2] on February 15, 2017.

 

Submissions must comprise a maximum of 10 pages plus a cover page that must include:

 

 

·    A mention that it is a “Submission for the IAOS 2017 Prize for Young Statisticians”;

·    The title of the paper;

·    The name(s), job title(s), and e-mail addresses of the author(s);

·    The name of the employing official statistical agency(ies); and

·    An abstract of no more than 15 lines.

 

Any material beyond the core text of the paper, such as table of contents, references, appendices, tables, and graphs, must be contained within the maximum of 10 pages.

 

Any submission exceeding 10 pages plus the cover page will be disqualified.

 

Please submit papers, in MS Word or compatible format[3] to:

IAOS.YSP2017@inegi.org.mx

 

You can submit questions you may have about the competition to the same e-mail address.

 

For more information, download the YSP2017 Submission Template & the YSP2017 Guidelines.

 

YSP 2017 Posters

  



[1] Full-time, part-time, or contractual employees are eligible. Professional consultants or members of the teaching profession carrying out a contract with the agency are not eligible. An employee who also teaches or studies on a part-time basis is eligible.

[2] A National or International Statistical Agency, the Statistics Department of a Central Bank or the Statistics Department of a Ministry or Regional or Local Government in a decentralized National Statistical System.

[3] In Cambria, Times New Roman, or other standard (size 12) font, with side, top, and bottom margins of 1 inch (25.4 millimeters).

 

 

Results and Winning Papers from Recent IAOS Young Statistician Prize Competitions

2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favorably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.

The results of the 2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:

First Prize: Balancing Input-Output tables with Bayesian Slave-raiding ants by: Rolando Gonzales Martinez (Bolivia)
Second Prize: Variance reduction using a non-informative sampling design by: Thomas Zimmerman (Germany)  
Third Prize: CURIOS: A framework to optimize CAPI surveys using paradata  by: Antoine Rebecq and Thomas Merly-Alpa (France)
The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers.  
Abstracts can be accessed by through the links above.

 

2015 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2015 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favourably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.

The results of the 2015 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:

First Prize: Big Data and Semantic Technology: A Future for Data Integration, Exploration and Visualisation by: Andreas Mayer and Andrew Harwood (Australia)
Second Prize: Targeted record swapping on grid-based statistics in Hungary by: Beata Nagy (Hungary) 
Third Prize: Iterative method for the reducing the impact of outlying data points: ensuring data completeness by: Svetlana Jesilevska (Latvia)
The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers.  
Abstracts can be accessed by through the links above.

 

2014 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2014 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favourably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.

The results of the 2014 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:

First Prize: “Linking, selecting cut-offs, and examining quality in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI)"- by Laura O’Sullivan (New Zealand) 
Second Prize: 
“Transforming how we produce statistics: An inside perspective" by Michelle Feyen (New Zealand) )  
Third Prize: 
"Domains similarity models in synthetic estimation" by Andrius Čiginas (Lithuania) 

The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers. 

Abstracts can be accessed by through the links above. All the winning papers will be published in a future issue of the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics (SJIAOS).

 

2013 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2013 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favourably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.

The results of the 2013 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:

The three winning papers were:

First Prize: “Using kernel methods to visualise crime data” by Kieran Martin and Martin Ralphs [United Kingdom]

Second Prize: “The policeman and the statistician – on the quality of the raw data in official statistics” by Anton Färnström [Sweden]

Third Prize: “ABS iPhone App – the way of the future?” by David Sullivan [Australia]

The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers. 

The winning papers can be accessed by through the links above.

 

2012 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2012 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favourably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the SC members for their considerable contribution.

 

The results of the 2012 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:

The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers.  Papers can be accessed by through the links above.

 

2011 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is pleased to announce that the international Selection Committee has completed its review and rating of the papers submitted for the 2011 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians. The Selection Committee was favourably impressed by the general quality of the papers submitted and judging them was a demanding process. The IAOS would like to express gratitude to the Selection Committee members for their considerable contribution.

 

The results of the 2011 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows: 

The IAOS congratulates the winners and commends all the candidates for the effort that went into preparing their papers. Papers can be accessed by through the links above.