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SSA Canberra Branch Meetings

SSA Canberra invites you to its (second) June branch meeting, featuring a talk by Emi Tanaka on the current state and prospects of R-packages for the design of experiments. It is a joint meeting with RLadies. This is a hybrid meeting, occurring in-person at The Australian National University, and streamed online via Zoom.

Also, we will be having an SSA Canberra dinner that evening, so if you are interested in attending the dinner and catching up with members and friends in person, please see below for details for RSVP-ing. 

DateWednesday 29 June 2022

Time: 5:30pm – 5:45pm AEST : Zoom meeting opens for pre-seminar mingling

5:45pm – 6:45pm AEST : Presentation   

VenueRoom 5.02 in Marie Reay Teaching CentreThe Australian National University, or via Zoom. For in-person attendance, please RSVP by 4pm Monday 27th June by entering your details on the attendance sheetor contacting

For in-person attendance, MASKS MUST BE WORN. No food or drink is allowed in the venue.

For attendance via Zoom, please see below for details, noting RSVP is not required.

About the dinner: On the evening of 29 June at approx. 7:15pm, there will be dinner at Civic Asian Noodle HouseMelbourne Building, 49 Northbourne Ave, CanberraIf you are interested in attending the dinner, please RSVP by 4pm Monday 27th June by entering your details on the attendance sheet, or contacting

Talk details

SpeakerDr Emi Tanaka (Monash University)

TopicCurrent state and prospects of R-packages for the design of experiments

Abstract: There is no doubt that without understanding how the data originated, you can draw satisfying answers from the data. As statisticians, we may not have much control or input over the data collection process with one exception: when the data are collected from experiments. Experimental data originate from a (hopefully) carefully crafted experimental design. A good experimental design can draw information with higher certainty from the data. Statistical software is important for us to reproducibly construct experimental designs, but it can also capture the intent behind its construction, which is important in the interpretation of the analysis of the experimental data it generated. In this talk, I will give an overview about the current state and prospects of R-packages for the design of experiments. I also introduce an object-oriented programming system, called the grammar of experimental designs, that is designed to specify experimental designs encapsulated in a cognitive framework and implemented as the edibble R-package.

Biography: Dr. Emi Tanaka is a lecturer in statistics at Monash University whose primary interest is to develop impactful statistical methods and tools that can readily be used by practitioners. Her research area includes data visualisation, mixed models and experimental designs, motivated primarily by problems in bioinformatics and agricultural sciences. She is currently the President of the Statistical Society of Australia Victorian Branch and the recipient of the Distinguished Presenter's Award from the Statistical Society of Australia for her delivery of a wide-range of R workshops.

Website link: Statistical Society of Australia - Canberra Branch Meeting -- Current state and prospects of R-packages for the design of experiments by Emi Tanaka (

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Time: Jun 29, 2022 05:45 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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