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Jan Tinbergen Awards 

For Young Statisticians From Developing Countries

 

Two of the fundamental objectives of the ISI are to enhance support for the statistical community in developing countries[1] and to define and institute a constructive role for the ISI in supporting the development of young statisticians. The Jan Tinbergen Awards, named after the famous Dutch econometrician, are biannual awards to young statisticians from developing countries for best papers on any topic within the broad field of statistics. Up to three awards are given in each congress year. In addition to a cash prize, generously provided by the Dutch ‘Stichting Internationaal Statistisch Studiefonds’, the winners receive support to enable their participation at the next ISI World Statistics Congress and present their winning papers.

The main criteria used in assessing the contributions are statistical originality and innovation. 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.

Professor Jan Tinbergen (1903–1994) was a Dutch economist. He was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Economics in 1969, joint with Ragnar Frisch, for the development and application of dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes. He was a founding trustee of Economists for Peace and Security.

 

 

Winners of the 2017 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards

 

1st Prize:
Marcelo Bourguignon Pereira
(Brazil)

for his paper
Modelling time series of counts with deflation or
inflation of zeros.

2nd Prize:
Christian Eduardo Galarza Morales
(Brazil)

for his paper
Robust logistic quantile regression models using
skewed heavy-tailed distributions.

 


Winners of the 2015 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards

 

1st Prize: Ms. Ajmery Jaman (Bangladesh) for her paper entitled A Bias-Corrected Approach to Rotnitzky-Jewell Criteria for Appropriate Correlation Structure Selection in Generalized Estimating Equations.

2nd Prizes: Ms. Katiane Silva Conceição (Brazil) for her paper Zero-Modifed Models for Count Data and Mr. Arun Kumar Kuchibhotla (India) for his paper Testing in Additive and Projection Pursuit Models.

The winners presented their papers on July 28, 2015, during the World Statistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro. The Awards were presented to the winners at the ISI/Associations’ Awards Ceremony on July 31, 2015, in Riocentro Conference Centre.

 


Winners of the 2013 ISI Jan Tinbergen Awards

Abhik Ghosh

Lu Han

1st Prize: Mr. Abhik Ghosh (India)

2nd Prize: Mr. Lu Han (China)

3rd Prize: Ms. Iris Ivy Gauran

& Ms. Maria Sofia Criselda A. Poblador
(co-authors, Philippines)

 

The 2013 winners presented their winning papers at the Young Statisticians’ Satellite Meeting prior to the ISI World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong in August 2013. The Awards were presented to the winners at the ISI/Associations’ Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 29th August, in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Applications process

The next Call for Applications will be published during 2018.
[Sample CfA: The Call for Applications for the 2017 awards can be viewed here.]

Eligibility

  • 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 1985 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 the list of developing countries here.
  • Previous winners of the award are not eligible (even as co-authors).

The submitted papers will be evaluated by an International Selection Committee of experienced statisticians who will decide on the awards. The Committee’s decision is final.

Criteria

The main criterion that will be used in assessing the contributions is statistical originality and innovation. 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.

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

  1. New methodology should deal with an important and interesting problem. The properties must be studied reasonably well, the results should be compared with existing methodology, and their usefulness should be demonstrated through theoretical and/or simulation results and/or applications.
  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.

In addition to the above, the paper should be well organized and written clearly.

Process for submitting papers

  • Applications should be submitted here. You will be asked to upload the paper at the end of the online application.
  • The paper must be prepared according to the instructions.
  • In addition to the paper, a CV may be submitted of maximum of 2 pages.

Announcement of results

  • An International Selection Committee of experienced statisticians, appointed by the ISI, will evaluate all eligible submissions and select the winners. The Committee's decision is final.
  • The results will be communicated to all participants by the ISI Permanent Office by the end of March 2019.
  • The winners will be contacted by the ISI Permanent Office to make arrangements for travel to the WSC in Malaysia in August 2019.
  • The award includes a round trip economy class airline ticket from the winner’s place of residence to Malaysia and support to cover accommodation and living expenses during the WSC.
  • If a paper is submitted as a joint paper by two or more authors, only one of author can be offered the travel and expenses. It is the authors' responsibility to nominate the author concerned.
  • Any questions that are outside of the substantive contents of the papers (which are decided by the Committee) shall be decided by the ISI Executive Committee. Its decision is final.
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