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13 May 2010 1,255 views No Comment

The Southern California Chapter of the ASA presented its 29th annual Workshop in Applied Statistics on April 30 at the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica. Carter Butts, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, spoke on social networks.

Butts is the author of several software packages for the analysis of relational data and currently, his work focuses on the structure of spatially embedded large-scale interpersonal networks; models for informant accuracy, network inference, and graph comparison; representation and modeling of intertemporal relational data; and models for human behavior in disrupted settings. Butts serves as an area editor for the Journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mathematical Sociology and the Journal of Sociological Methodology.

Project Competition

The chapter will again hold its annual project competition for AP Statistics students at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte on May 15. If the high school AP Statistics teacher in your local school has not planned to enter students, please let him or her know about it. This is a wonderful opportunity for their students to form teams of up to four members each to conduct a statistical data gathering and analysis project of their choice and to present the results to statisticians from universities and industry.

Held in the form of a poster session, the competition has become known as PosterComp. The best entries will receive cash prizes and other awards. There will also be an educational session for teachers attending the event, and there is an awards lunch. The event is free to all participants. Visit the competition website, here for additional details including a review of last year’s competition. If you know of an AP stat teacher who is unaware of the competition, provide his or her name, the school name, and school mailing address to Rodney Jee at rodneyjee@yahoo.com. Corporate donors for this year’s competition include Texas Instruments and Minitab.

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