Branch Meetings

Branch Meetings for 2017 Poster

​​Statistical Society of Australia Canberra Branch Meeting – Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Location: College of Business and Economics [Building 26C] Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, Room 248, ANU


5.15pm     Refreshments in Allan Barton Forum.

5.30pm     Annual General Meeting (and continuation of refreshments) in Allan Barton Forum.

6.00pm     Presentation by Robert Clark — please see details below

7.15pm      After the talk, there will be a dinner at Mama’s Trattoria–deserts in Civic.

Details of Annual General Meeting:

The quorum for the meeting is 15 members. Please make the effort to attend.

The following documents are linked below:

1. Agenda for the 2017 AGM

2. Form to appoint a proxy

3. Nomination form if you wish to nominate for one of the positions on Council in 2017

4. Budget 2017

5. Minutes of the 2016 AGM

6. Branch Annual Report 2016

The proxy and nomination forms must be handed to the Secretary (Warren Muller; [email protected]) before the meeting starts.

The number of copies of documents available at the meeting will be limited. Could you please print them or load them on a hand-held device and bring them with you to the meeting. Thanks.

Details of talk:

Speaker: Associate Professor Robert Clark

Title: Obtaning relative risks from binary regression models

Epidemiologists and biostatisticians sometimes use a log link in binary regression. This allows the exponentiated regression coefficient for each covariate to be interpreted as a relative risk conditional on the remaining covariates. Relative risks are simpler to interpret than the odds ratios which arise in logistic regression. There are practical and conceptual challenges in log-link binary regression, mainly due to the requirement that probabilities be less than or equal to 1. I will talk about the history of this tension between theoretical coherence and interpretability, and illustrate with some example datasets. I will also discuss a new compromise link, which equals the log up to a cutoff and then smoothly morphs into a logit. This is joint research with Margo Barr of the Sax Institute.


Robert Clark is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Wollongong. He is director of the Centre for Sample Survey Methodology which is located in the National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA). Robert spent 10 years as a director and in other positions at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and has been an academic at the University of Wollongong for 12 years. He has an active research programme in statistical ecology and the design and analysis of complex samples. He is also a statistical consultant to a range of clients and partners in Australia and New Zealand.

Francis Hui
SSA Canberra

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