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YSS Statistical Showcase 2018

The YSS Statistical Showcase 2018 is an event which showcases the wide spectrum of career paths available to young statisticians and users of statistics.

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Morning Training Session: Tour of the Tidyverse
Keynote speakers: Professor Denise Lievesley & Professor David Spiegelhalter

When: Friday 19th October 2019
Where: Shelter, 4 Garrett Street, London, EC1Y 0TY

For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Registration fees for the day are as follows:

Full day Afternoon
Concessionary RSS Fellow £20 FREE
RSS Fellow £25 FREE
Non- RSS Fellow: £50 £20

Click on the pictures below to see the programme and speakers list for the day:

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YSS Events at RSS Conference 2018

The YSS are hosting a number of professional development and networking events to help you get the most out of the RSS conference in Cardiff.

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Join us Tuesday at 08:30 for our “Young Statisticians Guide to the Conference” session to get the top tips on how to make the most of the conference.

Meet fellow career-young statisticians at our Young Statisticians Lunch Reception (13:15 Tuesday) and Pub Quiz Night (20:30 Wednesday).

Don’t miss our RSS Prizewinners sessions:

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To find out more information about the events read our conference special bulletin, or read our reviews of sessions from last year’s conference.

Would you like to join the 2019 YSS committee?

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The Young Statistician’s Section (YSS) of the Royal Statistical Society are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the YSS committee for 2019. Being a member of the YSS committee is a commitment but very rewarding (and lots of fun!). It’s a great opportunity to network with your peers. If you are interested in finding out more information, please click HERE

YSS Bulletin: RSS 2018 Conference Special

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Professional Development… Volunteering… Prize Winners… Events…

We’ve just released our Royal Statistical Society 2018 Conference Special Bulletin – a quick guide to the sessions the Young Statisticians Section will be running at this years’  RSS Annual Conference in Cardiff this September!

Each year the YSS aims to squeeze as many career development sessions, prize-winner presentations, and networking opportunities into the RSS Conference as we can, and this year is no exception!

Why not join us, show your support, and help us celebrate the achievements of other young statisticians at one of our many prize winner sessions.

Or find out how you can get involved in our volunteering sessions; which highlight  opportunities within the UK and abroad, and demonstrate activities that have been developed for use in schools and science fairs.

And of course, come and meet the team and network with your peers at our pub quiz and networking lunch reception!

Check out the Bulletin to find out more!

Submissions are open for Poster presentations until 30th June.

REVIEW: DeMO 18th April

18th April 2018, review by Lucy Teece (YSS)
A YSS Discussion Meeting Overview (DeMO) based around the article “The statistical analysis of acoustic phonetic data: exploring differences between spoken Romance languages” was held at RSS Errol Street on 18th April 2018. The meeting consisted of two 30 minute talks intended to prepare the audience for the Discussion Meeting to follow, a video of the meeting is below.
 
Presentations included:
Dr Ben Powell (University of York): “Spectral Representations and their Properties”
Dr Davide Pigoli (King’s College London): “Introduction and Background to Discussion Paper”
Discussion meeting overviews (DeMOs) are arranged by the YSS to make the read papers at RSS Discussion Meetings more accessible to those unfamiliar with the topics discussed in the read papers (including career-young statisticians). 

 

REVIEW: Applied Statistics to Health & Medicine (YSM Prize Winners), 2nd May 2018

The “Applied Statistics to Health & Medicine (YSM Prize Winners)” event was jointly hosted by the Glasgow Local group and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society and was a livestreamed event. The event consisted of Young Statisticians Meeting (YSM) prize winners Emily Granger (University of Manchester) and Kathryn Leeming (University of Bristol) presenting about their PhD statistical research in health and medical contexts. The event was chaired by Johnathan Love and had approximately 30 in person attendees at the University of Glasgow and 16 attendees that joined via livestream.

Emily Granger (YSM Prize Winner, 2016) presented her research on propensity score diagnostics and the challenges we face when ascertaining if a propensity-based estimate is unbiased. In a health context and when dealing with observational patient data, these scores (defined as a patient’s probability of receiving treatment conditional on their baseline characteristics) are becoming an increasingly popular method used to account for confounders. However, Emily highlighted that there is some debate on the reliability of these scores, particularly the balancing of these scores across covariate distributions. Emily outlined why some of the balance diagnostics could possibly mislead users of propensity scores: results from a simulation study indicated commonly used diagnostics, e.g. standardised differences, can be unreliable. Emily also discussed her future plans on developing new propensity score diagnostics, such as cumulative prevalence.

In the second part of the session, Kathryn Leeming (YSM Prize Winner 2017), presented her research on network time series, which are data collected over time at nodes of a graph/network and occur in a wide variety of areas including environmental, financial and indeed medical. Kathryn presented results of analyses, which involved the Network Autoregressive (NAR) framework, using England-based Mumps disease incidence data. Kathryn also highlighted features of the NAR model and demonstrated how to recover an un-weighted graph from a multivariate time series using the NAR model. Kathryn also highlighted the advantages of using network-based methods for analysing such medical data and compared the performance of these methods to those which do not involve utilising network structures.

Overall, this was an engaging session on modern statistical methods applicable to the fields of health and medicine.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Young Researchers using Statistics Symposium

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The Young Statisticians of The RSS Highland Local Group are holding the second biennial ‘Young Researchers using Statistics’ (YRS) symposium on Wednesday 23rd May at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen.

We have two amazing plenary speakers confirmed – Dr Jen Rogers, Director of Statistical Consultancy Services, University of Oxford, who will be talking about risk communication, and Dr Liberty Vittert, Mitchell Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow, who will present her work on facial shape analysis.

Come and hear ten early career researchers from a diverse range of disciplines present their work to a friendly audience.

Registration is only £5! Click here to register.

If you have any queries please contact the YRS committee by emailing yrs@abdn.ac.uk.