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WA Branch Meeting - Prof David Steel - What could we expect from randomly selected samples for estimating the prevalence of COVID-19?

  • 8 Sep 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (WAST)
  • Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University (Perth Campus), Perth, WA

Announcing a meeting of the Statistical Society of Australia, W.A. Branch.

6:00 ᴘᴍ on Tuesday 8th September 2020

Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre
Murdoch University

What could we expect from randomly selected samples for estimating the prevalence of COVID-19?

Professor David Steel
University of Wollongong


The prevalence of COVID-19 in the population is still very low, which means that the number of cases that would be found in a random sample is expected to also be very low, leading to confidence intervals that may be regarded as relatively wide. This talk will consider the reliability and usefulness of estimates that different sized samples and methods might be able to provide.

About the Speaker

David Steel is Director of National Institute for Applied Statistics Research at the University of Wollongong. His research and consulting projects focus on survey methodology, sample survey design and analysis methods for complex social, health and economic data. He has undertaken survey design and analysis projects with a number of national and international agencies. He has BSc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, MSc in Statistics from ANU, and a PhD from the University of Southampton and is an elected member of the ISI.

Refreshments and Dinner

Members and guests are invited to mingle over wine and cheese from 5:30 ᴘᴍ onwards in the Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre. Following the meeting you are invited to dine with fellow attendees at Bateman Chinese Eating House & Take Away; please RSVP to Brenton Clarke by 11 am Tuesday 8th September. Visitors are welcome.

Meeting directions

Parking is free at the Murdoch University campus after 5:00 ᴘᴍ in the red and green zones (avoid the reserved and service bays). We suggest parking in Car Park 3 (searchable in Google Maps) that can be entered from campus entrance B or C on South St; those parking here should walk south-west towards Bush court then up the stairs when seen. 

The Kim E. Beazley Lecture theatre entrance with glass doors is on the south side of Bush Court. The location of the lecture theatre is marked by this Google Maps link.

Zoom meeting

For viewing the live stream, please register at Those attending at Murdoch University do not have to register beforehand.

For further information please contact the Branch Secretary, Rick Tankard, Murdoch University.
He can be reached by email at or by phone at (08) 9360 2820.

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