Outstanding Statistical Application Award
The Johns Hopkins University
University of California, Los Angeles
Andrew O. Finley
Michigan State University
Nicholas A. S. Hamm
University of Twente
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
For their novel development of a fully Bayesian approach to scale up complex models to a large and complex spatio-temporal climate data set. The authors skillfully extended a sparse density to a well-defined sparsity-inducing space-time process, which has applications in other environmental context and the world of Big Data. Their paper, titled “Non-Separable Dynamic Nearest-Neighbor Gaussian Process Models for Spatio-Temporal Data with an Application to Particulate Matter Analysis,” was published in the Annals of Applied Statistics in 2016.
About the Award
The Outstanding Statistical Application Award was established in 1986 to recognize the authors of papers that demonstrate an outstanding application of statistics in any substantive field. Award recipients are presented with an engraved award and $1,000 that is divided evenly among the winners. The award is given annually if an eligible and worthy work is nominated.
The Outstanding Statistical Application Award is bestowed upon a distinguished individual or individuals based on the following criteria:
- The impact of the statistical application in addressing a significant problem in a substantive field
- The ingenuity and or novelty of the statistical treatment of the problem
Eligible work includes papers, monographs, reports, and other substantive evidence appearing two years prior to the presentation of the award. All nominated work must have been subject to external peer review and, preferably, formal refereeing.
Award Recipient Responsibilities
The award recipient(s) are responsible for providing a current photograph and general information, along with permission to reprint the work in ASA promotional materials.
Nominations are due by March 1, and the award is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August the same year.
Nominations should include a letter that carefully describes the paper’s significance, particularly its impact on the substantive field, along with a copy of the nominated work. Nominations should be sent to email@example.com or mailed to the American Statistical Association, attention Awards Nominations, 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Please contact the committee chair.