Big Data is a Big Topic at the Joint Statistical Meetings and in the August Issue of Significance Magazine

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How much data is there in the world and how do we deal with it? Big Data is being talked about everywhere, and the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego this month are no exception. In addition, Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, is devoting its August issue to the topic. Both the conference and the magazine will be considering just how plentiful data is and what we need to do to be able to utilize it effectively.

Big Data is being talked about everywhere, and the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in San Diego this month are no exception. In addition, Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, is devoting its August issue to the topic. Both the conference and the magazine will be considering just how plentiful data is and what we need to do to be able to utilize it effectively.

The theme of the meetings is “Statistics: Growing to Serve a Data Dependent Society,” and hundreds of sessions at JSM will be discussing various aspects of the Big Data, from how to provide relevant education and job training to how the amount of data benefits and challenges statistics and other professions. JSM highlighted sessions give some examples of these sessions and include the following topics:

  • The Role of Statisticians in Health Care Reform
  • Predictive Analytics and Data Mining: The Software Makers
  • Supporting National Security Policy with Science, Technology and Analytics
  • Growing the Business with Data-Driven Decisions
  • Big Data: Research and Training Challenges
  • Challenges of Data Analysis in Transportation

The complete list of highlighted sessions, and descriptions of sessions above, can be seen at http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2012/highlightedsessions.cfm.

Significance, which will present and exhibit at JSM, has dedicated its August issue to Big Data. Articles from this issue include the following:

  • Big data and city living – what can it do for us?
  • How much information is there in the “information society?”
  • A statistical journey to the centre of the earth: using big data from seismographs to map the earth's core
  • Big data in astronomy

Web-exclusive articles on a range of topics are available at the Significance web site, http://www.significancemagazine.org.

JSM is being held at the San Diego Convention Center July 28-August 2. Complete conference information, including an online program, is at http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2012/index.cfm.

About JSM
JSM, which has been held annually since 1974, is conducted jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), the International Chinese Statistical Association, and the International Indian Statistical Association. JSM activities include oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, exhibit hall (with state-of-the-art statistical products and opportunities), career placement service, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities. JSM 2013 will be held in Montreal, Canada, and JSM 2014 will be held in Boston, where ASA had its beginnings in 1839.

About Significance
Significance is a bi-monthly magazine for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data. Its aim is to communicate and demonstrate in an entertaining, thought provoking and non-technical way the practical use of statistics in all walks of life, and to show informatively and authoritatively how statistics benefit society. It is published on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

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Rosanne Desmone
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703.946.3820 (mobile)
rosanne[at]amstat[dot]org

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