Recap: SSC 2020 meeting online


Saturday, May 30, 2020:

Canadian Statistics Student Conference


Monday, June 1, 2020:

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

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 (YouTube)

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 4, 2020:

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

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


Friday, June 5, 2020:

SSC Biostatistics Online Workshop: Intro to Epidemic Modelling with Prof. Rob Deardon (University of Calgary)
(YouTube) Session 1
(YouTube) Session 2 


Saturday, June 6, 2020:

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

A workshop introduction to loon and related packages
More details here.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SSC Board Meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Thursday, June 25, 2020

SSC Annual General Meeting beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time




Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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