ASA White Papers Released

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 16 July 2014
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The American Statistical Association (ASA) has released three white papers dealing with the importance of statisticians and statistical science in advancing three government scientific research priorities: the Big Data Research and Development Initiative, the BRAIN Initiative, and climate change.

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Three groups of a dozen ASA members with expertise in the given scientific area authored the reports. The following summarises the results of each white paper:

Discovery with Data: Leveraging Statistics with Computer Science to Transform Science and Society

Concerning the statistical components of scientific challenges facing areas being transformed by Big Data (including healthcare, social sciences, civic infrastructure and physical sciences), this paper describes how collaborative statistical advances can address these challenges, and emphasises the importance of attracting, retraining and training the next generation of statisticians.

Statistical Research and Training under the BRAIN Initiative

To reach the potential of advances in brain research, new analysis and computational techniques are required. Furthermore, as data-generation becomes more complex, and data sets become larger and more varied, it is crucial that reliability and scientific relevance of results are assessed against natural variation and measurement noise (the essential role of statistical analysis).

Statistical Science: Contributions to the Administration’s Research Priority on Climate Change

This paper makes the case for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish an interdisciplinary climate research programme in which statisticians collaborate with researchers from other disciplines to enhance understanding of the climate system. The report recommends that the programme would also address the critical need for training a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers.

The ASA is also exploring the development of further white papers on federal research priorities including STEM education, innovation in biology and neuroscience, and research and development for informed policymaking and management.

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