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Man vs Wild Data

Published on 21 December 2012

I’m speak­ing on this topic at the Young Sta­tis­ti­cians Con­fer­ence, 7–8 Feb­ru­ary 2013. If you’re a young sta­tis­ti­cian and live in Aus­tralia, please book in. It promises to be a great cou­ple of days. Early reg­is­tra­tions close on 2 Jan­u­ary. Abstract for my talk: For 25 years I have been an intre­pid sta­tis­ti­cal con­sul­tant, tack­ling the wild fron­tiers of real data, real prob­lems and real time con­straints. I have faced prob­lems rang­ing from lin­guis­tics to river beds, from mak­ing paper plates to sell­ing pies at the MCG, from tax office audits to sur­veys about the colour pur­ple. Uni­ver­sity edu­ca­tion helps pre­pare you to be a sta­tis­ti­cal con­sul­tant in the same way that Google maps helps pre­pare you to cross the Simp­son Desert. You have some idea of the main fea­tures, but when you get there, noth­ing looks famil­iar. I will describe some of my adven­tures, and explain how to bluff your way through igno­rance, work with inad­e­quate tools, and deal with smelly clients. I will tell you the story of the client who wouldn’t give me the data, the client who wouldn’t tell me the prob­lem, and the client who wanted all meet­ings held at ran­dom loca­tions for secu­rity rea­sons. Along the way we will learn about the skills that

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YSC2013 funding support

Published on 29 October 2012

Young Vic­to­rian sta­tis­ti­cians should be attend­ing the YSC con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne in Feb­ru­ary 2013. It promises to be a great event, and the speaker line-​​​​up looks first-​​​​class (apart from one dodgy keynote speaker). If you think you can’t afford it, there is good news! The local SSA Branch is offer­ing finan­cial sup­port to selected young sta­tis­ti­cians. Appli­cants must be stu­dent mem­bers of the Vic­to­rian Branch (to join, see www​.stat​soc​.org​.au/​j​o​i​n.htm). Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be given free con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion. In addi­tion, suc­cess­ful appli­cants from regional (non-​​​​Melbourne met­ro­pol­i­tan) Vic­to­ria will be given fund­ing to assist with accom­mo­da­tion, up to $200 based on actual costs. Appli­ca­tions should be sent to the Sec­re­tary, Sandy Clarke: sjclarke@​unimelb.​edu.​au by 25th Novem­ber. These should include a brief CV; a con­fer­ence abstract; a short jus­ti­fi­ca­tion (about 150 words) for receiv­ing sup­port, includ­ing what (if any) other finan­cial sup­port the appli­cant will be receiving.

 
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The Young Stats Communication Challenge

Published on 8 October 2012

The Aus­tralian Young Sta­tis­ti­cians Con­fer­ence (Feb 2013) is orga­niz­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pe­ti­tion. They invite all early-​​​​career sta­tis­ti­cians (study­ing, or within 5 years of grad­u­a­tion) to pro­duce a short (3−5 minute) video for the ABS YSC2013 Video Com­pe­ti­tion, or a sta­tic info­graphic for the ABS YSC2013 Info­graphic Com­pe­ti­tion. Both com­pe­ti­tions have a 1st prize of 500, and 2nd prize of 250. Entries close 16th Novem­ber, and win­ners will be noti­fied by mid-​​​​December. Details avail­able at: ysc2013​.com/​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​/​c​o​m​p​e​t​i​t​ions/ I’m a speaker at the con­fer­ence, so hope­fully I will get to see some of the great entries!  

 
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