American Statistical Association Announces Winners of Joint Student Paper Competition

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The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, has announced the winners of its 2008 Joint Student Paper Competition. The winners, graduate or undergraduate students or recent graduates, will present their papers at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the ASA in Denver August 3-7.

The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, has announced the winners of its 2008 Joint Student Paper Competition. The winners, graduate or undergraduate students or recent graduates, will present their papers at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the ASA in Denver August 3-7.

Sponsored by the Social Statistics, Government Statistics, and Survey Research Methods Sections of the ASA, the papers selected involve either a new statistical methodology or a creative application of statistical analysis to a problem, policy question, or other issue.

The 2008 winners are:

  • Qizuan Chen, University of Michigan, "Bayesian Penalized Spline Model-Based Estimation for Finite Population Proportion in Unequal Probability Sampling"
  • Saki Kinney, Duke University, "Model selection with partially synthetic data"    
  • Santanu Pramanik, University of Maryland, "The Prior Selection and Approximations in a Hierarchical Bayes Approach: An Application to the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimation"
  • Cheng Yong Tang, Iowa State University, "Local Post-Stratification and Diagnostics in Dual System Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation for US Census"
  • Bryan Smucker, Pennsylvania State University, "Calculating Cell Bounds in Contingency Tables Based on Conditional Frequencies"

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

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