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Outstanding Statistical Application Award

Robert E. Kass, Carnegie Mellon University
Robert E. Kass, Carnegie Mellon University
Ryan C. Kelly, Carnegie Mellon University
Ryan C. Kelly, Carnegie Mellon University
Wei-Liem Loh, National University of Singapore
Wei-Liem Loh, National University of Singapore
For the development of a powerful class of time-varying loglinear point process models to investigate synchrony between neural spike trains.
Their paper, titled "Assessment of Synchrony in Multiple Neural Spike Trains Using Loglinear Point Process Models," was published in The Annals of Applied Statistics (2011) 5(2B): 1262-1292.

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. The award consists of 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, to formal refereeing.

Nomination and Award Dates

Nominations are due by April 1 each year. The award is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August the same year.

Responsibilities of the Award Recipient

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.

How to Submit a Nomination

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 the ASA office at or via mail to 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, attention Award Nominations.

If you have any questions, contact the committee chair.

Past Winners

2012: Chae Young Lim and Sarat C. Dass of Michigan State University for developing novel point process models with spatially dependent mark distributions and using them to assess fingerprint individuality. This research was published in their paper, "Assessing Fingerprint Individuality Using EPIC: A Case Study in the Analysis of Spatially Dependent Marked Processes," published in Technometrics, May 2011, Vol. 53, No. 2.

2011: To Adrian E. Raftery of the University of Washington, Miroslav Kárný of the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Pavel Ettler of COMPUREG Plzen, S.R.O. for extending Bayesian methods for model uncertainty to temporally evolving systems and showing how these ideas can be successfully applied to solving a challenging problem in a continuous manufacturing system.

2010: To Samuel Kou of Harvard University for opening the door between statistics and one of the newest areas of research, single-molecule experiments.

2009: To Robert D. Gibbons of the University of Illinois, in recognition of his paper: Mixed-effects Poisson regression analysis of adverse event reports: The relationship between antidepressants and suicide; Journal: Statistics in Medicine, 2008; 27, pp1814-1833.

2008: Tian Zheng, Matthew J. Salganik, and Andrew Gelman in recognition of their paper, "How Many People do You Know in Prison?" using overdispersion in count data to estimate social structure in networks; a method for learning about small, hard-to-reach subpopulations and social network structure from non-network samples. Published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, June 2006, Vol.101. No. 474.

2007: Jeffrey Grogger, University of California, Los Angeles and Greg Ridgeway, RAND Corporation, in recognition of their paper, “Testing for Racial Profiling in Traffic Stops from Behind a Veil of Darkness”

2006: Thomas A. Ferryman of Battelle Pacific Northwest Division, Brett G. Amidan of Battelle Pacific Northwest Division, in recognition of their paper, “The Morning Report: Advanced Proactive Safety and System Monitoring Tool”

2005: Christopher R. Genovese, Carnegie Mellon University, Christopher J. Miller, The National Optical Astronomical Observatory/Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile, Robert C. Nichol, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, U.K., Mihir K. Arjunwadkar, Centre for Modeling & Simulations, University of Pune, India, and Larry A. Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University, in recognition of their paper, "Nonparametric Inference for the Cosmic Microwave Background," published in Statistical Science, Vol. 19, No. 2, (May 2004)

2004: Rafael A. Irizarry, Johns Hopkins University, Bridget Hobbs, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Genetics & Bioinformatics Group, Francois Collin, Diabetics Center, University of California at San Francisco, Kristen J. Antonellis, Yasmin D. Beazer-Barclay, and Uwe Scherf, Gene Logic Inc., and Terence Paul Speed, University of California at Berkeley "Exploration, Normalization, and Summaries of High Density Oligonucleotide Array Probe Level Data," published in Biostatistics, Vol. 4, No. 2, (2003): pp. 249-264

2003: Golowich, Steven, Bell Laboratories, James M. Landwehr, Avaya Labs Research, and Scott A. Vander Wiel, Bell Laboratories, "Interplay Between Physics and Statistics for Modeling Optical Fiber Bandwidth" published in Technometrics, Vol. 44, No. 3, (August 2002): pp. 215-229

2002: Hall, Peter and Donald S. Poskitt, Australian National University, and Brett D. Presnell, University of Florida, "A Functional Data-Analytic Approach to Signal Discrimination," Technometrics, Vol. 43, No. 1 (February 2001): pp. 1-9

2002: Freidlin, Boris, National Cancer Institute, and Joseph L. Gastwirth, George Washington University, "Change-point Tests Designed for the Analysis of Hiring Data Arising in Employment Discrimination Cases," Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Vol. 18, No. 3 (July 2000): pp. 315-322

2001: Pascual, Francis G., Washington State University, and William Q. Meeker, Iowa State University, "Estimating Fatigue Curves with the Random Fatigue-Limit Model," Technometrics, Vol. 41, No. 4 (November 1999): pp. 277-290

2000: Gelman, Andrew, Columbia University, Gary King, Harvard University, and Chuanhai Liu, Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, "Not Asked and Not Answered: Multiple Imputation for Multiple Surveys," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 93, No. 443 (September 1998): pp. 846-869

1999: West, Mike, Duke University, Raquel Prado, University of Simon Boliver, and Andrew D. Krystal, Duke University Medical Center, "Evaluation and Comparison of EEG Traces: Latent Structure in Nonstationary Time Series," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 94, No. 446 (June 1999): pp. 375-387 and

1999: Janssen, Robert S., Glen A. Satten, et al, Centers for Disease Control, Susan L. Stramer, American Red Cross, Michael P. Busch, Blood Centers of the Pacific, and others, "New Testing Strategy to Detect Early HIV-1 Infection for Use in Incidence Estimates and for Clinical and Prevention Purposes," Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 280, No. 1 (July 1998): pp. 42-48

1998: Gelman, Andrew, Columbia University, Frederick Bois, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Jiming Jiang, University of California at Davis, "Physiological Pharmacokinetic Analysis Using Population Modeling and Informative Prior Distributions," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 91, No. (1996): pp. 1400-1412 and

1998: Hadgu, Alula, Centers for Disease Control, "Bias in the Evaluation of DNA-amplification Tests for Detecting Chlamydia Trachomatis Infections," Statistics in Medicine, Vol. 22, pp. 2403-2419

1997: Peddada, Shyamal Das and Theodore C. Chang, University of Virginia, "Bootstrap Confidence Region Estimation of the Motion of Rigid Bodies" Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 91, No. 433 (March 1996): pp. 231-241 and

1997: Peddada, Shyamal Das, University of Virginia, and Robert J. McDevitt, a citation of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, pp. 915-926

1996: Raftery, Adrian E., University of Washington, Geoffrey H. Givens, Colorado State University, and Judith E. Zeh, Washington State University, "Inference from a Deterministic Population Dynamics Model for Bowhead Whales," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 90, No. 430 (June 1995): pp. 402-430

1995: Kafadar, Karen, University of Colorado at Denver, "An Application of Nonlinear Regression in Research and Development: A Case Study from the Electronics Industry" Technometrics, Vol. 36, No. 3 (August 1994): pp. 237-248

1994: Gunst, Richard F., Southern Methodist University, and Nelson A. Kelly, General Motors Research Laboratory, "Captive-Air Irradiation Experiments on Ozone Formation in Southern California" Technometrics, Vol. 35, No. 3 (August 1993): pp. 256-267

1993: Davidian, Marie and A. Ronald Gallant, University of North Carolina, "Smooth Nonparametric Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Population Pharmacokinetics, with Application to Quinidine" Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics, Vol. 20, No. 5 (1992): pp. 529-556

1992: Brockett, Patrick L., University of Texas at Austin, "Information Theoretic Approach to Actuarial Science: A Unification and Extension of Relevant Theory and Applications" The Transactions of the Society of Actuaries, Vol. 43 (1991): pp. 73-135

1991: Westfall, Peter H., Texas Tech University, and S. Stanley Young, Glaxo Wellcome Inc., "pValue Adjustments for Multiple Tests in Multivariate Binomial Models," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 84, No. 407 (September 1989): pp. 780-786

1990: Medley, Graham F., University of Warwick, Lynne Billard, University of Georgia, David R. Cox and Roy M. Anderson, University of Oxford, "The Distribution of the Incubation Period for the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)" Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series B 233 (1988): pp. 367-377, and

1990: Dalal, Siddhartha R. and Edward B. Fowlkes, Bellcore, and A. Bruce Hoadley, Navesink Research and Engineering Center, "Risk Analysis of the Space Shuttle: Pre-Challenger Prediction of Failure" Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 84, No. 408 (December 1989): pp. 945-957 1989: Lauritzen, Steffen L., Aalborg University, and David J. Spiegelhalter, "Local Computations with Probabilities on Graphical Structures and Their Application to Expert Systems" Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 50 (1988): pp. 157-224, and

1989: Stoffer, David S., Mark S. Scher, Gale A. Richardson, Nancy L. Day, and Patricia A. Coble, University of Pittsburgh, "A Walsh-Fourier Analysis of the Effects of Moderate Maternal Alcohol Consumption on Neonatal Sleep-state Cycling" Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 83, No. 404 (December 1988): pp. 954-963

1988: Pack, Charles D., Bell Communications Research, and S. Ben Saad, University of California at Los Angeles, "Optimal Call-Record Sampling for Network Planning and Administration" Technometrics, Vol. 29, No. 3 (August 1987): pp. 311-321

1987: No award presented

1986: Shumway, Robert H., University of California at Davis, and Z. A. Der, Teledyne-Geotech, Inc., "Deconvolution of Multiple Time Series" Technometrics, Vol. 27, No. 4 (November 1985): pp. 385-393