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  • Introduction to Bayesian Analysis using Stan

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    Introduction to Bayesian Analysis using Stan https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/introduction-to-bayesian-analysis-using-stan   Course presenter - Robert Grant Level - Professional CPD 12 hours This course introduces Stan software and Bayesian modelling. Attendees will learn the Stan model language, various useful models and ways of critiquing and justifying their model-building decisions. The course will introduce the idea of a probabilistic programming langusge, where models for our data are typed up for analysis in a coded form. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • 7th Channel Network Conference

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    7th Channel Network Conference https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/7th-channel-network-conference A conference bringing together the Channel regions of the International Biometrics Society.  In 2019, this will be hosted at the world's oldest agricultural research insitute; with opportunities to visit the famous Broadbalk and Park Grass long term experiments, tour the historic Manor house and inspect R.A. Fisher's Millionaire calculator. Keynote speaker: Professor Per Anderson Fisher Memorial Lecture: Professor Brian Cullis & Dr Alison Smith Special Session: The past, present and future of agricultural statistics Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • One Day MBA

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    One Day MBA https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/one-day-mba One Day MBA John Jeffcock Level - Foundation CPD 6 Hours 11 July 2019 A full-day masterslass that challenges delegates to follow the course overview of a full MBA. It uses practical exercises and case studies to not only expand knowledge, but to challenge your view of modern business. Considered to be 'very thought-provoking, interactive and an inspiratiponial masterclass'. The structure covers four key areas to help build excellence for business leaders and ensures that the learning and development opportunity is both effective and unique. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • PSI and RSS Journal webinar: Survival analysis

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    PSI and RSS Journal webinar: Survival analysis https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/psi-and-rss-journal-webinar-survival-analysis Please click PSI RSS journal club July 2019 to view the flyer. REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1637867005156132108 Join us in our discussion on survival analysis method with focus on the application of two Bayesian methods for time to event data at 4pm (BST) on Thursday 11 July.  Our two presenters are Peter Thall from MD Anderson and Kyu Lee from Harvard. The discussants are: Axel Gandy, Imperial College London (RSS discussant) and Neby Bekele, Gilead Sciences (PSI discussant). (PSI)  'Bayesian nonparametric statistics: A new toolkit for discovery in cancer research' by Thall et al -https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pst.1819 (RSS) 'Bayesian semiparametric analysis of semicompeting risks data: investigating hospital readmission after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis’ by Lee et al - https://rss.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rssc.12078 The webinar is sponsored by Wiley who will make both papers free to access for a few weeks before and after the webinar. In preparation and prior to the day of the webinar, please follow the link above to obtain your personal dial in details and register with the webinar software. After registering via this link, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, including details on how to dial-in via the telephone. Please allow enough time before joining to download the correct software. Audio recordings will be available shortly after the JC to download from the PSI website. The meetings are open to PSI and non-PSI members. For further info/feedback, or to submit a question to the authors in advance of the meeting please contact journalclub@psiweb.org     Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony 2019

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    RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony 2019 https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-statistical-excellence-awards-ceremony-2019   About the event We invite all fellows and those with an interest in our work to the Royal Statistical Society's Statistical Excellence Awards, which will be followed by the Society’s summer drinks reception. Our annual Awards ceremony is the ideal time to celebrate all the fantastic work that has been done with statistics and data over the past year. Every year we recognise journalists’ outstanding use of data and statistics in the media with the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards, which are kindly sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). We will also commend, in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, the work of statisticians in government with the Campion Award for Excellence in Official Statistics. We are grateful to Civil Service World which is, once again, the media partner for this prize. Also to be announced at the ceremony is the winner of the Statistical Excellence in Early Career Writing competition, awarded in partnership with Significance magazine and the RSS Young Statisticians Section, as well as two inspiration awards for the RSS's Statistics of the Year.   The awards will be hosted by RSS's President, Professor Deborah Ashby.   Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • PSI One day Scientific meeting: The analysis and reporting of PROs in Clinical Trials

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    PSI One day Scientific meeting: The analysis and reporting of PROs in Clinical Trials https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/psi-one-day-scientific-meeting-the-analysis-and-reporting-of-pros-in-clinical-trials About the event: Patient-reported outcomes have become increasingly important in the development, approval and reimbursement of our products. The PSI Scientific Committee has put together this one-day meeting to provide statisticians with introductions to PROs, how to include them in clinical trials, considerations about missing data, appropriate statistical methods to analyse and interpret the data and the perspective of an IQWiG assessor. Presenters will give their insight into discussions with colleagues, working groups and regulators and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you may have about PROs in your development program.  Click HERE for more information regarding agenda and registration fees.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • RSS Nigeria Local Group: A career in statistics and its use in science and national development

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    RSS Nigeria Local Group: A career in statistics and its use in science and national development https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-nigeria-local-group-a-career-in-statistics-and-its-use-in-science-and-national-development About the event: The RSS Nigeria Local Group is hosting a career talk for secondary school students. Confirmed speakers for this event include Professor O. I. Shittu (Department of Statistics, University of Ibadan) and Professor Kayode Ayinde (Department of Statistics, Federal University of Technology). The career talk will include discussions by Professor Kayode Ayinde on the discipline called statistics and its relationship with mathematics, social science, medicine, law, agriculture etc.   Professor Shittu will talk about the uses of statistics by individuals, businesses, researchers, government and the international community. Statisticians are one of the highest paid people in the world today and we will share the career prospects and opportunities for qualified statisticians.  This event is organised in collaboration with the Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria.  For more information about Nigeria local group visit  www.rss.org.uk/nigeria Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Industrial Strength Data Science presents: "a hell of a lot of skills"

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    Industrial Strength Data Science presents: "a hell of a lot of skills" https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/industrial-strength-data-science-presents-a-hell-of-a-lot-of-skills A panel discussion and networking event for those interested in the long term success of data science as a profession.   About this Event Being a data scientist involves a wide range of diverse skills, such as mathematics, statistics, programming, technical communication, problem-solving, business knowledge, machine learning, and on and on. And there are a number of routes into the discipline, from university courses, on-the-job training, self-taught & online courses, and data-intense PhDs. This jumble of skills and routes means no two data scientists look the same. Combined with the variety of domains that data scientists work in, and the innovative nature of the role, it is hard to definitively list the required skills of a data scientist. Is this ambiguity a problem? Has the time come for a professional data science body to create an accreditation system? What would be the benefits, and how could it practically operate? Wouldn't it create an elitist program, and stifle innovation? And who could possibly be the gatekeeper? What do you think? *This event will be followed by a drinks reception. We will explore these questions and more at our next "Industrial Strength Data Science" event on the evening of Thursday 25th July 2019, with a fantastic panel of speakers and contributors. Registration alongside refreshments will be open from 6.30 pm See you there!   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Significance Magazine Drinks Reception at JSM 2019

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    Significance Magazine Drinks Reception at JSM 2019 https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/significance-magazine-drinks-reception-at-jsm-2019 About the event: Significance editor Brian Tarran will host a reception at the 2019 Joint Statistical Meetings. Magazine readers and contributors, including RSS Fellows, are invited to attend. Spaces are limited, so to reserve a place at this reception please, email significance@rss.org.uk Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • ICSTA'19 - The International Conference of Statistics: Theory and Applications

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    ICSTA'19 - The International Conference of Statistics: Theory and Applications https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/icsta-19-the-international-conference-of-statistics-theory-and-applications The goal of ICSTA'19 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in each of the specialized fields and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information.  This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields.  Interested authors, researchers, and industrial experts are invited to register for the conference that best resonates with their technical background.  Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] HDRUK
  • Will Statistics get caught out by a data backlash?

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    Will Statistics get caught out by a data backlash? https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/will-statistics-get-caught-out-by-a-data-backlash Hetan Shah - RSS executive director Abstract: Data used to be the province of statisticians and researchers. But now it has exploded into public consciousness. Large technology companies make money from data. Scandals such as Cambridge Analytica destroy public trust. Algorithms and artificial intelligence are starting to be deployed in a wide range of ways, leading to public concerns including privacy, bias and accountability.  And there is also a crisis of faith around notions of misinformation, as summed up in terms such as ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’. Statisticians can’t quietly carry on without engaging in these issues. There is a risk that we may see a data backlash, affecting the work of many statisticians.  #RSSGlaBacklash   Come and hear from Hetan Shah, executive director of the Royal Statistical Society about the issues in the wider data landscape, and how the RSS is responding.   It will be an informal event, with plenty of time for discussion.  Please register to attend at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/will-statistics-get-caught-out-by-a-data-backlash-tickets-53432236257?ref=ebtnebregn    Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Statistical inference with non-probability samples

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    Statistical inference with non-probability samples https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/statistical-inference-with-non-probability-samples Integrating Probability and Nonprobability Samples for Survey Inference Presenter: Arkadiusz Wisniowski - University of Manchester Authors: Arkadiusz Wisniowski, Joseph W. Sakshaug, Diego Andres Perez Ruiz, and Annelies G. Blom Survey data collection costs have risen to a point where many survey researchers and polling companies are abandoning large, expensive probability-based samples in favour of less expensive nonprobability samples. The empirical literature suggests this strategy may be unwise for many reasons, amongst them probability samples tend to outperform nonprobability samples on accuracy when assessed against population benchmarks. However, nonprobability samples are often preferred due to convenience and cost effectiveness. Instead of forgoing probability sampling entirely, we propose a method of combining both probability and nonprobability samples in a way that exploits their strengths to overcome their weaknesses within a Bayesian inferential framework. By using simulated data, we evaluate supplementing inference based on small probability samples with prior distributions derived from nonprobability data. We demonstrate that informative priors based on nonprobability data can lead to reductions in variances and mean-squared errors of the linear model coefficients. The method is also illustrated with actual probability and nonprobability survey data. A discussion of these findings, their implications for survey practice, and possible research extensions are provided in conclusion.             Techniques for randomising protest survey samples to facilitate comparison with nationally representative samples. Presenter: Clare Saunders - University of Exeter Authors: Clare Saunders and Natalie Shlomo In this paper, we compare two techniques for balancing non-random protest survey samples with random European Social Survey (ESS) samples of protesters. These techniques will become increasingly important in the study of protesters because protesters are a ‘rare’ sample. The power for analysis is very low if we rely on random samples of protesters alone. Therefore, it is important to find ways in which to randomise data from other data sources to provide rich insights into protesters. The two techniques compared are proportional weighting and sample matching. Proportional weighting involves post-stratification bench-marking based on UK census data. Sample matching is an approach modified from quasi-experimental designs. Propensity score matching is used to balance non-random samples. We show that that the sample matching approach to induce randomization of the non-random sample of protesters   through the integrations with the ESS has the highest standard of replication of the distribution of variables in a random sample of protesters. We are able to correct for under-selection of centrists and over-selection of left-wingers, especially among the stalwart protesters.      Programme:  4:30 Coffee 5:00 Opening by Chair: Nick Moon 5:10 Presentation I  5:55 Presentation II 6:40 Discussion Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.     Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • PSI One Day Meeting: New emerging topics around Estimands and ICH Addendum

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    PSI One Day Meeting: New emerging topics around Estimands and ICH Addendum https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/psi-one-day-meeting-new-emerging-topics-around-estimands-and-ich-addendum The draft ICH E9 addendum on estimands and sensitivity analysis was released back in July 2017 and (more than 1000) comments are back. All stakeholders are gaining the necessary experience and familiarity with estimands along with the associated challenges and methodologies. The language and thinking behind causal inference is well suited to this area. The PSI Scientific Committee have put together this one day meeting to share and discuss new emerging topics around estimands and the ICH addendum. The aims of the event are to: Share the feedback from the public consultation on the draft ICH E9 addendum Explore the estimand concept within health technology assessments Describe how casual inference fits into the area of estimands Present case studies illustrating the implementation of the estimand framework and the use of causal inference methodology Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Living Longer: a view from the professions

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    Living Longer: a view from the professions https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/living-longer-a-view-from-the-professions The workshop will consider questions including ‘How does society see getting older?’, ‘How does the economy adapt to an aging population?’ and ‘What does this mean for the professions?’. Speakers will include: Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation, UK Statistics Authority David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme Kath Mackay, Director Innovate UK – Ageing Society Rich Pereira, Deputy Director, Population Statistics, Public Policy Analysis, Office of National Statistics Dr Susanna Di Feliciantonio, Head of European Affairs, ICAEW  Michael Brodie, CFO, Public Health England The Society has a limited number of places available to allocate to Fellows – if you would like to attend please contact Paul Gentry no later than Wednesday 16 January with a short statement of why you would like to take part in the workshop. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Introduction to the news media

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    Introduction to the news media https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/introduction-to-the-news-media The Science Media Centre runs free events for data scientists and researchers who work with big data, patient data, genomics or AI, to introduce them to how the media works – and how to help journalists report your subject better. The events, which have previously taken place in venues in London, Durham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton, Exeter, Belfast and Norwich, are informative, entertaining and popular. You will hear from national news science journalists about what makes a story, what drives the news agenda and what they need from you – and you will get a chance to interrogate them on what drives you mad about the media. You will also hear from press officers working at the coal face of science communication, and from scientists who have worked with the media and lived to tell the tale. Scientists, social scientists, engineers and clinicians from any discipline and at any stage of their career in academia or industry (excluding those at undergraduate level), who have little or no media experience but would like to find out more, are welcome. Senior scientists are especially welcome, as are scientists at least part way into their careers – it’s not really aimed at students. The sessions offer a beginner’s guide to the media, giving an insight into the way the news media works. Topics covered include: • how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other • top tips for dealing with the media • how journalists find stories • the role of the press office • the role of the news editor It isn’t: Skills-based media training. This session will not prepare you for a confrontation with Paxman or Humphries, and it is not practical media training; but it will give a flavour of the news media to help you understand its demands and make it easier for you to work with journalists. The SMC, however, does offer individual support to scientists when collaborating with them on frontline media work, and the Introduction to the New Media sessions are one way in which it develops relationships with scientists. To reserve your place please send your full name, job title, institution, institutional e-mail address and phone number to the email address below.  Places are limited and SMC anticipates that demand for places will be high.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Statistically Significant Careers

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    Statistically Significant Careers https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/statistically-significant-careers About the event: On 30th January 2019, we are pleased to be hosting a careers event to broaden the horizons of young statisticians by showcasing the wide range of statistical careers available. Whether you have begun to specialise in a specific area of statistics or are still studying, this event will be of great interest. Talks will explore careers within medicine, finance, insurance, government and empathic technology, with the primary aim of introducing future statistics graduates to their potential employers. Statistically Significant Careers is hosted by the Mathematical Science Research Centre (MSRC) at Queen's University Belfast in conjunction with the Royal Statistical Society and the International Biometric Society BIR. Here are some of the companies confirmed to attend on the 30th January: Exploristics City Group EY Allstate in Northern Ireland Celerion    Ulster Bank Sensum Nisra   Hope to see you there on the 30th of January! Extra links: RSS Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Statistical-Society/379712476695 Twitter www.twitter.com/RoyalStatSoc YSS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/youngstatisticianssection Twitter https://twitter.com/statsyss Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • CStat and CSci revalidation – your questions answered

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    CStat and CSci revalidation – your questions answered https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/cstat-and-csci-revalidation-your-questions-answered Speaker: Trevor Lewis This meeting will outline the Chartered Statistician (CStat) revalidation processes being carried out in 2019 for professionally active Chartered Statisticians who have a revalidation date of 1st January 2020. The process for those CStats who do not also hold the Chartered Scientist (CSci) award will be covered, as will the process for those CStats who also hold the CSci award. The presentation will also summarise the outcome of the revalidation process in previous years and will clarify the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement that underpins revalidation. The meeting should be of interest to all Chartered Statisticians and to all Graduate Statisticians who are on the pathway to CStat status. There will be an opportunity to raise any outstanding questions. Click here for dial-in details Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Career-young statisticians - wine, nibbles and networking

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    Career-young statisticians - wine, nibbles and networking https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/career-young-statisticians-wine-nibbles-and-networking Speakers: 1. Maria Ellen Kaye-Bardgett, National Records of Scotland 2. Gustaf Rydevik, Phd, Senior Statistician at Quantics Consulting Ltd. 3. Conor Nangle, Scottish Government, Scottish Household Survey Team   ABSTRACTS 1. Maria Ellen Kaye-Bardgett Prior to working at NRS I did a PhD in ecology at the University of Aberdeen. I started at NRS as a temporary staff working in the population and migration team. After a few months I sat the full board interview and was promoted to a full time role working on life expectancy in Scotland and areas within Scotland. I am currently part of the vital events team at NRS where I have responsibility for producing life expectancy statistics, writing two full publications a year and contributing to others and for responding to enquiries from government, media and the public. NRS produce national statistics which are used by the Scottish government to better understand the population of Scotland and to guide policy making. Life expectancy is a really useful tool for measuring the health of a population and is particularly important here as Scotland has the lowest life expectancy of all western European countries. I have also been involved in work to improve the way we report life expectancy, and have had the chance to collaborate with the Office for National Statistics on harmonising healthy life expectancy statistics across the UK. Most recently I have been part of a group investigating the recent stalling of life expectancy improvements in Scotland. 2. Gustaf Rydevik I studied Mathematics and Statistics in Sweden, and did a master's thesis on population demography in Uganda. I then worked for the Swedish Center for Disease Control for three years, doing outbreak investigations, supporting research, and conducting disease surveillance analyses. I Moved to Scotland to do a PhD on disease surveillance of animal disease with BioSS/SRUC/University of York, looking at combining results from multiple diagnostic tests. I subsequently did a postdoc for a couple of years for the Scottish Centre of expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC), attached to Roslin Institute, before leaving Academia for Quantics, which does Statistics consulting, primarily for the Pharmaceutical industry. I'll be talking about my career, compare and contrast between working for government, academia, and the private sector, and give a couple of examples of statistical analyses I've been involved with. 3. Conor Nangle I graduated from University of Glasgow with a degree in statistics, took 2 years out to travel the world, then started working for Scottish Government in July 2018. My talk will cover a little bit about what the Scottish Household Survey is and what we do, and more personally my role within the team and what I have been working on and achieved in my short time since starting. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Basic Statistics (Understanding and analysing data)

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    Basic Statistics (Understanding and analysing data) https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/basic-statistics-understanding-and-analysing-data-3068463b-1cab-48ed-b85d-9b210d5b020a Presented by Ellen Marshall Level - Foundation CPD 12 hours This two day course aims to help delegates understand some basic statistical concepts and develop a strategy for approaching a simple data analysis. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • HAWASSA STAT & MATH CONFERENCE 2019

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    HAWASSA STAT & MATH CONFERENCE 2019 https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/hawassa-stat-math-conference-2019 After more than a decade of international cooperation between the University of Hawassa in Ethiopia and NTNU and the University of Oslo in Norway, and in occasion of the conclusion of the NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) funded joint programme in training and education in mathematical and statistical modelling, we are please to invite you to the international HAWASSA STAT & MATH CONFERENCE.   For full information, registration, and abstract submission see: http://www.hu.edu.et/mathstatconf/    Contributed talks and posters are welcomed.    Invited speakers will include:    Sylvia Richardson, Cambridge  Laura Palagi, Rome  Peter Diggle, Lancaster    About half of the programme is dedicated to statistics, and the other half to operation research and applied mathematics.    Hawassa city, located in the African Rift Valley on the shores of Lake Hawassa, offers a unique atmosphere. A thriving city - its identity not lost to metropole conformity - exposes the strengths, opportunities, charms and challenges of Africa - in a safe setting under the gentle Ethiopian sun.    There are multiple grants for African participants, more information on the web-page.    Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • The Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey: Methodology, Key Findings and Next Steps

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    The Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey: Methodology, Key Findings and Next Steps https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/the-mental-health-of-children-and-young-people-survey-methodology-key-findings-and-next-steps This event is to present the methodology of the 2017 Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey, key findings and the next steps.        Speakers:  Katharine Sadler - NatCen Social Research  Tim Vizard - Office for National Statistics  Salah Merad - Office for National Statistics Professor Tamsin Ford - College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter        About the Event: Last year, NHS Digital published official statistics on the prevalence of mental health of children and young people. This was the first major survey of the mental health of children and young people since 2004, and applied rigorous, detailed and consistent methods to assess for a range of disorders defined according to International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) diagnostic criteria. This session, presented by the authors of the report, will describe the innovative survey design adopted to measure the rates of mental disorders in children aged 2-19 in England. It will discuss the sample design, questionnaire, fieldwork, clinical rating, weighting and analysis of the survey, and present the key findings from the survey. It will close with a discussion around the next steps in the important area of children’s mental health. Refreshments: tea and coffee will be offered from 12.30pm Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Pupil Advantage Index as an Alternative to Subgroup Analysis in RCTs for Education

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    Pupil Advantage Index as an Alternative to Subgroup Analysis in RCTs for Education https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/pupil-advantage-index-as-an-alternative-to-subgroup-analysis-in-rcts-for-education Speaker: ZhiMin Xiao (University of Exeter) Abstract: Analyses of social interventions need to produce evidence that is relevant to different groups of people in a society. When such a group is not the target group of an intervention, this is called subgroup analysis, even when the group of interest is pre-specified prior to data collection. Amongst statisticians, subgroup analysis is often regarded as a statistical malpractice, as its findings are often underpowered, unreliable, and can be prone to overinterpretation at best, or misleading at worst. Meanwhile, researchers would be criticised for generating irrelevant evidence and accused of wasting research money if they do not conduct relevant subgroup analysis. As a result, “they are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t” (Petticrew et al., 2012).  In this study, we estimated intervention effects for Free School Meal (FSM) pupils in English schools, which is a pre-specified subgroup in most educational interventions funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in England. Specifically, we first ran a treatment-FSM interaction test in each and every outcome to see if the difference-in-effects is statistically significant between FSM and Non-FSM pupils. We then calculated separate effect sizes within the two subgroups. Finally, we examined the p-values from the interaction tests and compared the overall effect sizes for both FSM and Non-FSM pupils with the two separate subgroup estimates. We found that conventional interaction tests can produce self-contradictory results. To help solve the problem, we propose a new approach, Pupil Advantage Index (PAI), as an alternative to subgroup analysis and apply it to real RCT data extracted from the EEF data archive. We demonstrate that PAI does not just indicate where an intervention worked and by how much in existing trials, but it can also be utilised to optimise treatment recommendation for future interventions. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • RSS Vice-President for External Affairs

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    RSS Vice-President for External Affairs https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/rss-vice-president-for-external-affairs Jen Rogers is the current Royal Statistical Society Vice-President for External Affairs and during this talk she will present some of the projects that she has been working on whilst undertaking this role. This will include media projects and her experiences of interacting with journalists, as well as work that she has been carrying out to improve standards in advertising. Tea and coffee 3:30-4pm Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • An overview of population size estimation where linking registers results in incomplete covariates, with an application to mode of transport of serious road casualties

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    London, United Kingdom

    An overview of population size estimation where linking registers results in incomplete covariates, with an application to mode of transport of serious road casualties https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/an-overview-of-population-size-estimation-where-linking-registers-results-in-incomplete-covariates-with-an-application-to-mode-of-transport-of-serious-road-casualties The Royal Statistical Society's Lancashire and Cumbria local group are pleased to announce our next meeting with speaker Prof. Peter Van der Heijden, (University of Southampton). The talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Postgraduate Statistics Centre. Abstract: We consider the linkage of two or more registers in the situation where the registers do not cover the whole target population, and relevant categorical auxiliary variables (unique to one of the registers; although different variables could be present on each register) are available in addition to the usual matching variable(s). The linked registers therefore do not contain full information on either the observations (often individuals) or the variables. By treating this as a missing data problem it is possible to construct a linked data set, adjusted to estimate the part of the population missed by both registers, and containing completed covariate information for all the registers. This is achieved using an Expectation-Maximization (EM)-algorithm. We elucidate the properties of this approach where the model is appropriate and in situations corresponding with real applications in official statistics, and also where the model conditions are violated. The approach is applied to data on road accidents in the Netherlands, where the cause of the accident is denoted by the police and by the hospital. Here the cause of the accident denoted by the police is considered as missing information for the statistical units only registered by the hospital, and the other way around. The method needs to be widely applied to give a better impression of the range of problems where it can be beneficial. We also discuss estimates of human trafficking in the Netherlands for the years 2010-2015 by age, sex and type of exploitation. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Experiences of AIMS

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    London, United Kingdom

    Experiences of AIMS https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/experiences-of-aims AIMS is an academic network that enables Africa’s talented students to become innovators who propel scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. We are delighted to welcome Will Hulme (University of Manchester, taught at AIMS Cameroon), Prof Nick Monk (University of Sheffield, SOMAS, taught at AIMS Ghana) and Dr Rhoda Hawkins (University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, taught at AIMS South Africa, Senegal and Ghana) to present on their experiences on the AIMS project.  Tutor/lecturer opportunities that may be of interest will be highlighted. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Poverty measure seminar

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    London, United Kingdom

    Poverty measure seminar https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/poverty-measure-seminar The Royal Statistical Society is holding a seminar focusing on the new poverty measure developed recently by the Social Metrics Commission. We are looking forward to hearing from Baroness Stroud, Lord Lipsey, Baroness Lister and other key stakeholders discussing how we might have the new poverty measure adopted by government. The event is to be chaired by Sir Peter Bottomley MP. RSS fellows are welcome but please register your interest beforehand so we have an idea of numbers.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Modelling numbers of births by day of the week in relation to onset of labour and mode of giving birth in England 2005–2014

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    London, United Kingdom

    Modelling numbers of births by day of the week in relation to onset of labour and mode of giving birth in England 2005–2014 https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/modelling-numbers-of-births-by-day-of-the-week-in-relation-to-onset-of-labour-and-mode-of-giving-birth-in-england-2005-2014 Speaker: Mario Cortina Borja Abstract: Maternity care has to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is known that obstetric intervention can influence the time of birth, but no previous analysis at a national level in England has yet investigated in detail the ways in which the day and time of birth varies by onset of labour and mode of giving birth. We linked data from birth registration, birth notification, and Maternity Hospital Episode Statistics and analysed 5,093,615 singleton births in NHS maternity units in England from 2005 to 2014. We built statistical models to establish how patterns of timing of birth vary by onset of labour, mode of giving birth and gestational age. We found that the timing of birth by time of day and day of the week varies considerably by onset of labour and mode of birth. These patterns have implications for midwifery and medical staffing. This work is in collaboration with Professor Alison Macfarlane, Ms Nirupa Dattani, Dr Miranda Dodwell, Mr Rod Gibson, Dr Gill Harper, Dr Peter Martin and Dr Mary Newburn. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Offshore wind farms and birds: Developing statistical methods to better understand the spatial distribution of birds at sea

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    London, United Kingdom

    Offshore wind farms and birds: Developing statistical methods to better understand the spatial distribution of birds at sea https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/offshore-wind-farms-and-birds-developing-statistical-methods-to-better-understand-the-spatial-distribution-of-birds-at-sea Alison Johnston, Researcher in Statistical Ecology, Dept of Zoology, University of Cambridge & Cornell University Abstract: Renewable energy is a growing industry and wind farms are an important component of renewable energy strategies. However, turbines pose a risk to birds and other wildlife, from disruption of habitat to physical collisions. In order to best understand how to mitigate the effects of wind turbines on birds, it is important to understand how birds are distributed at sea and how they use the marine environment. However, collecting data on birds at sea is challenging and many of the standard monitoring methods are not appropriate. Here I outline two statistical approaches we have developed for challenging data to aid the design of offshore wind farms to better understand the spatial distribution of birds at sea, in order to mitigate the effects of offshore windfarms on birds. Both revealed new patterns of bird distribution that helped to mitigate the effects of windfarms on bird populations around the UK coast.   We estimated the flight height of seabirds in relation to wind turbines. We developed a model to estimate continuous flight-height distributions from categorical human estimates of flight height. We used a spline with a multinomial likelihood to estimate a continuous distribution from categorical data. These distributions improved models of collision risk, by enabling estimates of varying collision risk at different heights and also by estimating the uncertainty associated with the flight height distributions.   Another project aimed to estimate the distribution of seabirds in order to optimise turbine locations to reduce the impact on birds. Aerial surveys that photograph the seabirds can be used to assess avian densities in given areas. Boat data provide good species identification, but have a number of other disadvantages. We used both boat data and aerial survey data in a joint analysis to produce population estimates for all species, even those with low species identification rates. This novel approach was used to estimate distributions of marine birds, by combining the strengths of digital aerial and boat surveys. Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • The Statistician and the “Stats” - R. A. Fisher and the RSS

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    London, United Kingdom

    The Statistician and the “Stats” - R. A. Fisher and the RSS https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/the-statistician-and-the-stats-r-a-fisher-and-the-rss Speaker: John Aldrich – University of Southampton About the Event: Fisher's work was the inspiration behind the move towards Statistics as Research Methodology and when he died in 1962, the RSS recognised him as the "most famous statistician in the world." Yet his four decades of transactions with the Society were generally troubled: in the 1920s he joined, left and re-joined, in the 30s he was uncomfortably present, in the 40s he was usually absent and in the 50s he was President and contributing to the Society's journals. The troubles were rooted in personalities but also in conflicts over ideas in statistical inference. Programme: 6.00pm to 6.45pm: Author’s presentation 6.45pm to 7.15pm: Q&A Refreshments: tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 5.30pm. Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.   Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
  • Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention

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    London, United Kingdom

    Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention https://tess.elixir-europe.org/events/using-data-to-inform-suicide-and-self-harm-prevention About the event: What do we need to do to ensure the right data are available, analysed and communicated to address the major questions in suicide and self-harm reduction policy and practice? There are many potential sources of data on suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-harm and suicide. These can be used to understand and monitor the extent, nature, context, and inequalities in self-harm and suicide in England. This day brings together commissioners, data producers, research analysts, and data users to improve awareness of data sources and challenges with data quality, accessibility, and coverage. This is the first in a series of events marking... the 50th anniversary of the National Centre for Social Research.   Registration, tea and coffee from 9.30 am   Programme             Chair: Prof Louise Arseneault 10.00-10.30 Context and aims   Suicide Prevention Strategies: data needs and data gaps Prof Louis Appleby, Manchester Using data on suicide and self-harm Liz Scowcroft, Samaritans Gender-informed/‘gender-neutral’ approach in research Prof Louise Howard, Kings 10.30-11.30 General population /cohort surveys Self-harm trends and risk factors using adult general population surveys (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys) Sally McManus, NatCen Self-harm in children with emotional, behavioural, and neurodevelopmental disorders using the Mental Health of Children and Young People surveys Katharine Sadler, NatCen, Prof Tamsin Ford, Exeter What distinguishes adolescents with suicidal thoughts from those who have attempted suicide (ALSPAC), Dr Becky Mars, Bristol   BREAK 11.40-13.00 Registered suicides   Suicide registrations data  Dr Ben Windsor-Shellard, ONS Challenges and opportunities for using national suicide mortality statistics to investigate secular trends and area differences in suicide Prof David Gunnell, Bristol National Confidential Inquiry:  Prof Louis Appleby, Manchester Autism and autistic traits in those who died by suicide in the UK Dr Sarah Cassidy, Nottingham   LUNCH 13.40-14.20 Healthcare context   Hospital and community presentations for self-harm: linking across datasets Prof Nav Kapur, Manchester Perinatal self-harm: prevalence and correlates Karyn Ayre, Kings 14.20-15.20 High risk groups Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts and problem gambling Dr Heather Wardle, LSHTM Financial difficulty and suicide: data from frontline staff in commercial debt collection firms Dr Chris Fitch & Jamie Evans, Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol Participatory consultation with midlife men to inform self-harm interventions  Caroline Turley, Head of Qualitative Methodology, NatCen   BREAK 15.30-16.10 Data hubs Self-harm data at NHSD: availability, data access and support Dan Collinson, NHSD Suicide Prevention Profiles: Fingertips Helen Garnham & Cam Lugton, PHE 16.10-16.30 Panel discussion How can we ensure that data are valid, accessible, analysed and communicated to best inform suicide and self-harm reduction?   Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not, but pre-registration is required.                                                                            Royal Statistical Society The Royal Statistical Society, London, United Kingdom The Royal Statistical Society London United Kingdom EC1Y 8LX [] [] [] workshops_and_courses [] []
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