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  • 27 Mar 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CADT)
  • University of Adelaide, North Terrace Room: Engineering & Math EM213

Annual General Meeting Announcement of the South Australian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia


1.               Apologies
2.               Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
3.               Annual Report
4.               Election of Returning Officer, Branch officers, Council and Public Officer
5.               Treasurers Report
6.               Election of Auditor
7.               Any other business
8.               Speaker: Claire Clarke (ABS).

    Please note only financial members of the society will be eligible to vote in person, or by proxy. While a number of council members are willing to stand for office again, this is a first call for nominations for the positions of: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and, Councilor positions assist in the following tasks related to local activities and the relationship with the central SSAI: Newsletter correspondent, Young Stats organiser(s), Website coordinator, Speaker program manager.

    Nominations are called for all positions and may be communicated to the Secretary Aarti Gulyani ( or 0425955277) before the meeting or may be made from the floor at the meeting.

    Speaker: Claire Clarke

    Title: Conditional selection for sample coordination

    Abstract: Sample coordination is the management of the selection of many samples, including rotating panel surveys, from the same population without overburdening that population. In the design-based framework used by many statistical agencies all units must have a known probability of selection to avoid bias. Avoiding (or returning to) a previously selected unit under this condition can be difficult, and becomes more difficult as the number of surveys becomes larger. The ABS is in the process of adopting a new method for sample coordination called 'Conditional Selection'. This method performs sample coordination at the unit level (where current practices coordinate samples only at the stratum level, with obvious deficiencies), and allows considerably more flexibility in sample design. In this talk I will outline the basic principles of conditional selection, and touch on some of the recent innovations we have developed to expand the method.

    Biography: Claire Clarke has an honours degree in theoretical physics from the University of Adelaide and has worked in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 18 years. In that time, she has worked on problems that include sampling rare populations, statistical quality control, and dealing with missing data. Her current statistical interests include data cleaning, machine learning methods, and sample coordination.

    Dinner: After the AGM, all are welcome to adjourn with the speaker to Cafe Brunelli, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

    Please rsvp for dinner to by 25th March 2019.

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