ISI invites submissions for 2013 Jan Tinbergen Awards


  • Date: 25 October 2012
  • Copyright: Photograph appears courtesy of Wikipedia.

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) has announced that they are now accepting submissions for the 2013 Jan Tinbergen Awards for young statisticians from developing countries.There is the opportunity for three awards to be won.

Jan Tinbergen (1903 –1994) was a Dutch economist who won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1969 with Ragnar Frisch for developing and applying dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes. Tinbergen was also a founding trustee of Economists for Peace and Security. As well as developing a macroeconomic model, he is best known for his 'Tinbergen Norm', which is the principle that, if in a company the difference between the lowest and highest income exceeds a rate of 1:5 then the company will incur a loss.

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The awards will be presented at the 59th ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) in Hong Kong from 25-30 August 2013. The winners will present their papers at the Young Statisticians’ Satellite Symposium (YSS) in Hong Kong on 23 and 24 August 2013 (website to be confirmed) and will be invited to participate in the 59th ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC).

Each winner will receive €2,500 in prize money and support for travel, accommodation, and daily expenses to participate in the WSC and the YSS in Hong Kong. Travel support will be provided only to one author per paper.

The ISI has outlined the following guidelines:

• ‘The paper can focus on any area within the broad field of statistical sciences.
• The paper must be an unpublished, original contribution. It may include material from the author’s theses.
• The paper must be written in English.
• The author and all co-authors (if any) of the paper must be born in 1981 or later. We strongly encourage applications from women.
• The author and all co-authors (if any) must be permanent resident(s) of a developing country. See for the list of developing countries.
• Previous winners of the award are not eligible (even as co-authors).’

The following criteria also apply:

‘The main criterion that will be used in assessing the contributions is statistical novelty. The paper can make contributions in one or more of the following areas: a) statistical theory, b) development of new methodology, and c) innovative use of existing statistical methods to a significant application in the sciences, engineering, or business. For young statisticians, however, it is more likely that the contributions are in the first two areas above. In fact, typically, the paper will be a combination of the first two items: proposing a new methodology and developing some theoretical results associated with the methodology.

Here are some of the criteria that will be used in the assessment:

1. New methodology should deal with an important and interesting problem. Their properties must be studied reasonably well, the results should be compared with existing methodology, and their usefulness must be demonstrated through theoretical and/or simulation results.
2. Purely theoretical contributions will be assessed based on the importance of the problem, the technical novelty of the results, how generally applicable they are, their technical correctness, and mathematical rigour.
3. Papers on the innovative use of statistical methods to an application will be assessed based on the importance of the application and the level of innovation in the use of statistical methods. The threshold for innovation here is very high, and case-study papers and routine papers on applications will not be considered.’

The closing date for submissions is 10th January 2013 and will then be judged by an international committee of leading statisticians. The winners will be informed by 1st May 2013. For further details about the process of submitting a paper, please visit here.

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