“It is heartening to see a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as the drivers of a smart, modern Australian in Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s budget-in-reply speech. It is also good to see some concrete policy proposals advanced to support the rhetoric,” according to STA CEO Catriona Jackson. “STA members will be […]

Statistical Meta-Analysis: Potential for New Research Opportunities

In the age of evidence based decision making through systematic reviews of the literature, the statistical meta-analysis has been extensively used to synthesise published summary data on a particular topic of interest from a number of independent studies in order to allow researchers to reach more credible and scientifically valid conclusions. The method is being […]

Federal budget 2015: Census saved, $250m investment in Bureau of Statistics

Federal budget 2015: Census saved, $250m investment in Bureau of Statistics The census has been saved and the Australian Bureau of Statistics will get a $250 million funding boost as part of the biggest technology upgrade in its 110-year history. Read Peter Martin’s article here.

Statistical Meta-Analysis with Applications Workshop

Join us for this exciting workshop,  presented by Professor Bimal Sinha and Professor Suhail A Doi on 16-17 June 2015 at the University of Southern Queensland, Ipswich Campus. Statistical meta-analysis deals with a variety of sophisticated statistical methods to efficiently combine the results of several studies all with a common target. Examples of such studies abound in […]

Why You Need to Study Statistics

In their continued efforts to present statistics as a field that is often misunderstood, the American Statistical Association provides this pitch video. This should be mandatory viewing for all high school students!

Math Skills Crucial, Says New CareerCast 2015 Jobs Rated Report (US)

Actuary, Mathematician, Statistician and Data Scientist Rank Among Best Jobs for 2015; Newspaper reporter, cook and lumberjack are among the worst professions. Read the article on PR Newswire.  

Statistics Canada 2016 Census

Statistics Canada says 2016 census change will provide more accurate income data. Read more about this on Chek.      

Statistics NZ takes 2018 census online

A modernised census aims to minimise door-to-door collection and replace a ‘hierarchy’ of field staff with online engagement. Read the article at ZD Net.

How statisticians uncovered the world’s missing migrants

The Washington Post – By Ana Swanson March 16 at 2:13 PM Estimating the true number of migrants that move around the world each year is a difficult task — some people cross borders illegally, and recording and enforcement standards vary a lot by country. As a result, data on international migration is often incomplete. […]

New possibilities for the treatment of breast cancer arise, with the help of mathematics

Researchers of three of Switzerland’s leading scientific institutions have brought to light a means of reprogramming a flawed immune response into an efficient anti-tumoral one by the results of a translational trial relating to breast cancer.  Thanks to the innovative combination of mathematical modelisation and experimentation, only 20 tests were necessary, whereas traditional experimentation would […]