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First ASA Conference on Statistical Practice in the Books

1 April 2012 No Comment
Phil Scinto

    I am happy to report that after nearly three years of planning and organizing, the first ASA Conference on Statistical Practice successfully took place from February 16–18 in Orlando, Florida, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

    Nearly 300 participants were informed, and even entertained, by invited speakers through courses, tutorials, sessions, and the keynote address delivered by ASA President Bob Rodriquez.

    Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was that nearly 100 conference attendees stayed for the feedback session late Saturday afternoon, revealing that the objectives of the conference were well met and the conference was thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, there were many good suggestions for improvement that will be highly considered for 2013. At the end of the feedback session, everyone had a good time during the end-of-conference prize drawing. In addition to several dozen coffee mugs, we raffled off admissions to the 2013 conference, a beach blanket and tote bag, and a two-night stay at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

    I would like to thank everyone who made this first conference a success, including the conference attendees, members of the ASA Board of Directors, ASA staff members, and members of our organizing and annual conference committee. We are all looking forward to the second annual conference and hope to see you all in New Orleans, Louisiana, from February 21–23, 2013. Check the ASA website for upcoming details.

    The Conference on Statistical Practice aims to bring together hundreds of statistical practitioners—including data analysts, researchers, and scientists—who engage in the application of statistics to solve real-world problems on a daily basis. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about the latest statistical methodologies and best practices in statistical design, analysis, programming, and consulting and is designed to aid applied statisticians in improving their abilities in consulting with customers and organizations. Specific conference objectives for attendees include the following:

    • Learn statistical techniques that apply to your job as an applied statistician
    • Learn how to better communicate with customers
    • Learn how to have a positive impact on your organization
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