SSC 2020 Online Schedule

Friday, May 29, 2020


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Saturday, May 30th:

Canadian Statistics Student Conference

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern


Monday June 1st:

SSC 2020 Presidential Invited Address:  David L. Donoho, (Stanford University), A Statistical Perspective on Covid-19 Testing

12:00 noon Pacific; 3:00 PM Eastern 

Please click the zoom link to join the webinar: 

Password: 710253

Today's Covid-19 public health crisis has become an economic crisis, in which many national GDPs are suffering historically unprecedented peacetime declines.  Underlying these simultaneous crises and various nations' responses are many questions for which the statistician's perspective ought to/could have/should have/might still improve the science and inform national policy.   I will discuss some of the important tests for Covid-19, some of the underlying technology, and some of the areas where statistics can contribute either improved understanding or improved technology.  

I am not an expert!



Wednesday June 3 2020: 

SSC 2020 Pierre Robillard Award Address: Dr. Shixiao Zhang, (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) Multiply Robust Inference for Causal Inference with Missing Data

10:00-11:00 AM Pacific; 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

Please click the zoom link to join the webinar: 

Password: 400095

Pretest-posttest studies are commonly used for assessing the effect of a treatment. We propose an empirical likelihood based approach to both testing and estimation of the average treatment effect and the chance of a longer survival in non-randomized pretest-posttest studies where the posttest outcomes are subject to missingness. The proposed empirical likelihood ratio test and the estimation procedure are multiply robust in the sense that multiple working models are allowed for the propensity score of treatment assignment, the missingness probability and the outcome regression, and the validity of the test and the estimation requires only a certain combination of those multiple working models to be correctly specified.



Thursday June 4th

SSC Data Science and Analytics Section Online Workshop: Analysis of Unstructured Text Data with Prof Nathan Taback (U of Toronto) and Prof Dave Campbell (Carleton University)

Part 1: 1:00  - 2:30 Eastern Time
Part 2: 2:30  - 4:00 Eastern Time

Part 1 will cover data acquisition, cleaning, tokenization, and exploration
Part 2 will cover topic models for clustering documents and converting words into low dimensional numeric vectors. 

Register (free!) here.

Please register by the end of the day on June 3rd to ensure you obtain a link to the Zoom workshop:


Friday June 5th:

SSC Biostatistics Online Workshop: Intro to Epidemic Modelling with Prof Rob Deardon (U of Calgary)
Session 1: 11:30 - 1:30 PM ET
(Lunch/Break: 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET)
Session 2: 2:30 - 4:30 PM ET

Registration (free!) and more details here.

Please register by the end of day on Wednesday 3 May to make sure you are sent the Zoom link on time


Saturday June 6, 2020:

SSC Business and Industrial Statistics  OnlineWorkshop: Interactive Exploratory Data Visualization in R with  Prof. Wayne Oldford, (University of Waterloo)

A workshop introduction to loon and related packages
Register (free!) here. More details here.


Wednesday, June 17

SSC Board Meeting beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern


Thursday, June 25

SSC Annual General Meeting beginning at 2:30 PM Eastern


Friday, June 26:

SSC Statistical Education Webinar: SSC Webinar on Teaching Statistics Online

Register (free!) here, More details here.