2022 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

Announcement of Competition

Calling all Young Official Statisticians
Win a trip to an international statistical conference

The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. This international prize encourages young statisticians to take an active interest in official statistics and is awarded 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(s) receive travel funds to present their paper at an international conference.  Details of the conference will be decided in conjunction with the winner and may include the 2022 IAOS Conference being held in Krakow, Poland in April 2022.

Submissions should address and propose solutions to pressing methodological or strategic issues in the area of official statistics at the regional, national or international level, be no more than 4,000 words, be submitted in English and should not have been previously presented in a public forum or published. A maximum of three co-authors is allowed for each submission and an author can participate in only one submission.

An international panel will judge submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific and/or strategic merit
  • Originality
  • Applicability of the ideas in the practice of statistical organizations
  • Quality of the exposition.

The 2020 prize winner, Ms. Kenza Sallier, shared her tips on preparing a winning submission in this presentation (LINK). Her presentation is recommended viewing. 

Papers must be submitted before 11:59 pm (UTC) on 11 February 2022.

The decision of the panel will be final. Prizes will only be awarded if papers of significant quality are submitted.

The author(s) of the best paper will be awarded:

  • A cash prize valued at €1,500 (divided among co-authors if applicable)
  • An opportunity to present the paper at a mutually agreed international statistical conference, with airfare and hotel accommodation provided (for only one author in situations of co-authorship)
  • Two years of IAOS membership
  • 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

A prize will also be awarded to the best paper from a developing country:

  • Best paper – honorable mention, 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 11 February 2022 and
  • Be employed[1] by an official statistical organization[2] as at 11 February 2022

Submissions must comprise a maximum of 4,000 words (including abstract, titles and references) plus the filled-in submission template plus a cover page that must include:

  • A line that it is a “Submission for the 2022 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians”
  • The title of the paper
  • The name(s), prefix(s), job title(s), full date(s) of birth, age(s) and e-mail addresses of the author(s)
  • The name(s) of the employing official statistical agency(ies)
  • 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 4,000 words. Any submission exceeding 4,000 words plus cover page will be disqualified.

Please submit papers, in MS Word or compatible format[3] to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young Statisticians Prize 2022 Poster

Guidelines for papers

Submission template

More information may be found at https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/statistics-prize. You may also submit questions you have about the competition to the e-mail address above.

 

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

[2]A National or International Statistical Organization or the Statistics Department of a Central Bank, Ministry or Regional or Local Government in a decentralized National Statistical System or non-statistical international organization. 

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

 

2021 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize.   Once again, the standard was very high and we would like to thank all those who entered. 

The winner will present their paper at a mutually agreed international conference.  Winning papers are also eligible to be published in a future issue of the SJIAOS.

The IAOS would like to congratulate the winners and thank all entrants. We would also like to thank the International Judging panel for their efforts.

 

 

Read the announcement

Guidelines for papers

Submission template

The three winning papers and their authors are:

  1. Elham Sirag and Mr. Gautier Gissler (Statistics Canada): Estimating excess mortality in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: Statistical methods adapted for rapid response in an evolving crisis 
  1. Kevin Kloos (Statistics Netherlands (CBS): A new generic method to improve machine learning applications in official statistics 
  1. Mr Caio Gonçalves (João Pinheiro Foundation) and Luna Hidalgo (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)): Model-based single-month unemployment rate estimates for the Brazilian Labour Force Survey 

The special commendation for a paper from a developing nation is: 

Mr. Muhammad Fajar and Mr. Zelani Nurfalah (Badan Pusat Statistik –Statistics Indonesia): Hybrid Fourier Regression-Multilayer Perceptron Neural Network for Forecasting

2020 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The IAOS is very pleased to announce the results of the 2020 YSP competition. Once again, the standard was very high, and we would like to thank all those who entered. This year, in addition to first, second and third place winners, a new category for a paper from a developing nation was awarded

The winner will present their paper at the next IAOS conference. Winning papers are also eligible to be published in a future issue of the SJIAOS.

The IAOS would like to congratulate the winners and thank all entrants. We would also like to thank the International Judging panel for their efforts.

John Pullinger
IAOS President
2019 - 2021

First place
Toward More User-Centric Data Access Solutions: Producing Synthetic Data of High Analytical Value by Data Synthesis

Presentation
Ms. Kenza Sallier (StatCan)

Kenza-Sallier-presenting her winning paper to an ONS audience
Please watch: Kenza Sallier present her winning YSP paper to an ONS audience.

Second place
The R-Package surveysd: Estimating standard errors for Complex Surveys with a Rotating Panel Design
Mr. Johannes Gussenbauer and Mr. Gregor de Cillia (Statistik Austria)

Third place
Big Data, Differential Privacy and National Statistical Organisations”
Mr. James Bailie (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Commendation for a paper from a developing nation went to:
Household Consumption Allocation and the Collective Household Model: Children Share of Household Resources in The Gambia
Mr. Madi Mangan (The Gambia Bureau of Statistics)

2019 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians


2019 First-prize winner, Vianney Costemalle, presenting his paper at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August 2019).

The results of the 2019 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:
First Prize:
“Detecting geographical differencing problems in the context of spatial data dissemination”
Vianney Costemalle (INSEE, France)

Second Prize “Administrative data informed donor imputation in the Australian Census of Population and Housing”
James Farnell and Peta Darby (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Third Prize “Using address histories to improve the link rates of surveys in the Integrated Data Infrastructure”

    Nancy Wang (Statistics New Zealand)

Honourable mention  "Be a detective for a day: How to detect falsified interviews with Statistics"
Marlene Weinaeur (Statistik Austria) 

 

2018 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The results of the 2018 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:
First Prize
An index-based approah to determine partnership in register-based census
Ms. Helle Visk (Statistics Estonia)

Second Prize
Reproducible Analytical Pipelines in Offender Management Statistics
Mr. Christopher Fairbanks (UK Government Statistical Service)

Third Prize
Adjusting for linkage errors to analyse coverage of the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and the administrative population (IDI-ERP)
Mr. Hochang Choi (Statistics New Zealand)

Ms. Helle Visk
2018 First-prize winner, Ms. Helle Visk, receiving her award at the IAOS-OECD Conference in Paris, France (19-21 September 2018). Also in this photo (from left to right), Ms Gemma Van Halderen (YSP Coordinator), Mr. Mario Palma (IAOS President 2017-2019), Peter Van de Ven (Head of National Accounts, OECD).

2017 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians


2017 First-prize winner, Ms. Hannah Thomas, presenting her paper at the 61st ISI World Statistics Congress in Marrakech, Morocco, in July 2017.

The results of the 2017 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:
First Prize
The Dissemination Game: How to communicate official statistics to non-expert users
Ms. Hannah Thomas (United Kingdom)

Second Prize
Telematics Data for Official Statistics: An Experience with Big Data
Mr. Nicholas Husek (Australia)

Third Prize
Improving Seasonal Adjustment by Accounting for Sample Error Correlation Using State Space Models
Mr. Andreas Mayer (Australia)

2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians

The results of the 2016 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians are as follows:
First Prize
Balancing Input-Output tables with Bayesian Slave-raiding ants
Mr. Rolando Gonzales Martinez (Bolivia)

Second Prize
Variance reduction using a non-informative sampling design
Mr. Thomas Zimmerman (Germany)

Third Prize
CURIOS: A framework to optimize CAPI surveys using paradata
Mr. Antoine Rebecq and Mr.  Thomas Merly-Alpa (France)


2016 First-prize winner, Mr. Rolando Gonzales Martinez, receiving his award from Ms. Ola Awad (IAOS President 2015-2017) at the 15th IAOS Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE (6-8 December 2016).

2015 IAOS Prize for Young Statisticians


2015 First-prize winner, Mr. Andreas Mayer, presenting his paper at the 60th ISI World Statistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 26-31 July 2015.

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
Andreas Mayer and Andrew Harwood (Australia)

Second Prize
Targeted record swapping on grid-based statistics in Hungary
Beata Nagy (Hungary)

Third Prize
Iterative method for the reducing the impact of outlying data points: ensuring data completeness
Svetlana Jesilevska (Latvia)