CASI 2018

The Statistics Group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway is pleased to host the 38th Conference on Applied Statistics in Ireland from Wednesday May 16th to Friday May 18th, 2018 in the Galway Bay Hotel on Galway’s main Promenade. See www.casi.ie for further details.

Invited speakers include Professor Paul R. Rosenbaum, Dr. Garrett Grolemund, Professor Maria L. Durbán Reguera and Professor Trevor Bailey.

Key Dates:

  • Early bird registration opens: Monday January 22nd 2018.
  • Early bird registration closes: Friday March 9th 2018.
  • Call for papers opens: Monday January 22nd 2018.
  • Call for papers closes: Friday March 9th 2018.

ISA Workshop: Frontiers in Functional Data Analysis

The ISA sponsored workshop “Frontiers in Functional Data Analysis” will bring together the international acclaimed founder of functional data analysis Prof. James O. Ramsay and leaders in this field in Ireland to present and discuss recent progress in FDA, and to identify important challenges for the future. Dr Michelle Carey (UCD) will also deliver a 2-hour masterclass on parameter estimation for differential equations using semi-parametric penalized regression.

The workshop will take place on Friday March 9th 2018 from 9am-5pm at O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Dublin.

Register your attendance at the following link: registration (note that registration is free). Closing date for registration is February 1st 2018.

Joint Summer School ERS-IASC, ECAS and SIS-CLADAG

Clustering, Data Analysis and Visualization of Complex Data

May 21-25, 2018, Catania (Italy)

The course is intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics for both researchers and professional data analysts.  The focus is on classification and clustering methods, in conjunction with related visualization techniques, with particular emphasis on modern high-dimensional data sets (MHDS). MHDS have recently emerged because of the fast improvement in data acquisition, storage and processing. The availability of massive data sets are of large interest also in machine learning, data science and computer science. It applies in many contexts such as biological experiments, financial markets, astronomy, etc. Classification and clustering play a key role in this new paradigm to discover the inhomogeneous structure often underlying these data, and become consequently even more emblematic methods of modern data analysis.  Starting from basic concepts, the course will introduce the audience to novel techniques and software through extensive applications to real data.

Numerical applications will be performed through a variety of software, including some R packages and some cloud-computing platforms (SaaS, Software as a Service) issuing from research but targeting many kinds of practitioners

Short Course: Imprecise Probability – A Gentle Overview

The ISA sponsored short course “Imprecise Probability – A Gentle Overview” will be delivered by Cassio P. de Campos (Reader, Centre for Data Science and Scalable Computing, Queen’s University Belfast) and Alessandro Antonucci (Senior Researcher, Swiss AI Lab IDSIA). Hosted by Trinity College Dublin, the course will take place on Tuesday November 14th 2017 at 9.00am in the Yeats Suite of the O’Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel, Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2.

 
Registration (which includes coffee breaks and lunch) is €20 for students and €30 otherwise. There is also a 50% discount for ISA members. More details can be found at http://stats50.scss.tcd.ie/#/isa. To register for this course, please email wyseja@tcd.ie.  Attendees are also invited to attend the celebration of the 50th year of the Statistics Department at Trinity College Dublin taking place afterwards.

R Training Course

Insight Statistical ConsultingInsight Statistical Consulting are running their next R training course on the following dates in September:

  • Day 1: Wednesday 27th – Introduction to R Course
  • Day 2: Thursday 28th – Advanced R Course
  • Day 3: Friday 29th – New Developments in R

Academic Rate (Full Time Lecturers and Students) is €300 Each Day, with Business Rate €400 Each Day. Full Details can be found here:

http://insightsc.ie/company-news/1037/

 

Prof. Adrian Raftery awarded the SFI St. Patrick’s day medal

Prof. Adrian Raftery
Prof Mark Ferguson, DG, SFI, Dr T. Pearse Lyons,
Founder AllTech, Prof Adrian E. Raftery, University of
Washington , and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD

Washington D.C., 15th March 2017 – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, has today presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’ to Dr T. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, and Prof Adrian E. Raftery, Professor of Statistics and Sociology at the University of Washington, for their significant contribution to academia and industry.

Now in its fourth year, the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal recognises the outstanding contributions of Dr T. Pearse Lyons and Prof Adrian Raftery in their respective fields, as well as their role in developing the research ecosystem in Ireland. The Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished Irish scientist, engineer or technology leader living and working in the USA.

Dublin-born Prof Adrian E. Raftery has been described by his peers as one of the most eminent statisticians in the world.  His work has resulted in the development of new statistical methods, focusing particularly on the social, environmental and health sciences. Prof Raftery’s work to quantify statistical uncertainty in demographic projections has fundamentally changed approaches to population forecasting. This was demonstrated by the United Nations recently publishing a recalculation of world population projections, which directly incorporated Prof Raftery’s work.

Upcoming Euorpean Courses in Advanced Statistics (ECAS)

ECAS LogoThe Irish Statistical Association is a member of the Federation of European National Statistical Societies FENStatS members and has a representative on the board of European Courses in Advanced Statistics ECAS

ECAS courses are intended to achieve postgraduate training in special areas of statistics for both researchers and teachers at universities, as well as professionals working in industry and interested in the application of new statistical methods.

Below are some upcoming ECAS courses.

ISA Gosset Lecture 2017

Professor David Hand
Professor David Hand

The ISA Gosset lecture 2017 will be delivered by the distinguished Professor David Hand OBE (Imperial College London) in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St., Dublin on April 6th at 6:00pm.

Please note tickets are required. These are available free of charge at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/isa-gosset-lecture-2017-tickets-32088704178

The dangers of not seeing what isn’t there: selection bias in statistical modelling.

In general, in statistics and data science, more is better in the sense that larger data sets mean that smaller effects can be detected and more confidence can be placed in any statistical conclusions.  But this is only true if we have confidence that the data represent the underlying reality fairly. All too often the available data have undergone unobserved selection or distortion processes, which can mean they are potentially misleading. This applies in human interactions – where it has been suggested that the notion that ‘data=all’ can replace the need for careful theorising and statistical modelling – but also in the hard sciences and medicine.This talk gives examples of such cases, showing how ignorance of selection mechanisms has led to mistakes and even disasters. These mechanisms are described, and strategies for tackling the problem are outlined.This event is run in partnership with the Irish Statistical Association.  It will be followed by a reception partially sponsored by Diageo.