News from Dr. Yufeng Liu, SLDM Section Chair and Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 8, 2015

Dear Friends of the Section on Statistical Learning and Data Mining,

I am pleased to report that we made substantial progress on various issues pertaining to the Section at the business meeting of the Section held on August 11, 2015, during the 2015 JSM in Seattle, WA. Below is a summary of the key outcomes of the meeting, and some recent developments of our Section:

1.     Section Business Meeting Update: Our Section meeting on August 11 was well-attended with around 30 Section members present. We discussed various issues, including the Section biannual conference in 2016, the student paper competition, potential Section name change, and our Section's financial status. Some of the key issues are included in the items below. Xuan Bi and Xiwei Tang from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign kindly recorded minutes for the business meeting.

2.      Section ReceptionOur Section hosted a reception at the 2015 JSM in Seattle immediately after the business meeting on August 11. The reception was very successful and provided a wonderful opportunity for our Section members to interact with each other.

3.     Section Biannual Conference: Our next biannual conference will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on June 6-8, 2016. All members are welcome to attend the conference. More information about this conference can be found at http://www.unc.edu/~yfliu/sldm2016/.

4.      2016 Student Paper Competition: Professor Tian Zheng at University of Columbia chairs the SLDM student paper competition committee for JSM 2016.  More information about the competition is provided at http://www.amstat.org/sections/sldm/. We appreciate the generous support from Pandora for the student paper competition.

5.     2016 Breiman Award Committee: Professor Annie Peiyong Qu at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will chair the 2016 Breiman Award Committee. Other committee members include David Banks at Duke University, David Madigan at the University of Columbia, Xiaotong Shen at the University of Minnesota, Ali Shojaie at the University of Washington, and Ji Zhu at the University of Michigan.

6.     Potential Section Name Change: During the Section business meeting, attendees voted unanimously to change the name of our Section from “Statistical Learning and Data Mining” to “Statistical Learning and Data Science.” In order to make this name change official, our Section charter needs to be revised. The charter change will therefore be on the ballot in the Spring 2016 ASA Officer elections. If our members vote to approve the revision during the election, the change will take place immediately thereafter.

 7.     Survey: To better serve our Section members, a survey will be performed in the near future. We encourage all Section members to participate in this survey when it is announced. The survey committee includes Glen Colopy at the University of Oxford, Bailey Fosdick at Colorado State University, and Zhen Li at Amazon. 

 Please feel free to reach out to me or any of the other Section Officers with questions and comments. We greatly appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Yufeng Liu
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chair, Section on Statistical Learning and Data Mining

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A Letter from Dr. Xiaotong Shen, President of the Section on SLDM

September 14, 2014

Dear Friends of the Section on Statistical Learning and Data Mining,

I am pleased to report that we made a lot of progress on various research and educational issues at the business meeting of the Section during JSM 2014 in Boston on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Below is a summary of the key outcomes of the meeting:

1.      Special Issue of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The ASA Data Science Journal: Journal editor David Madigan of Columbia University will run a special JSM 2014 issue, with papers selected from invited or organized sessions. Section President Xiaotong Shen has posted a request for papers to the Section’s mailing list on 8/9/2014 soliciting papers for the special issue, with a submission deadline of 12/31/2014.

2.      Donations: Pandora has kindly donated $3,000 to the Section, of which $1,000 was awarded in aggregate to the 2014 student paper winners at JSM 2014. We are very grateful to Pandora for their sponsorship of our Section.

3.      Leo Breiman Award: The Section made a lot of progress in creating operating procedures for a proposed Leo Breiman Award for excellence in research, to be awarded at the Section’s reception at the JSM every year. More details on this award and eligibility are forthcoming.

4.      2016 SLDM Conference: The Section is finalizing the location of the 2016 SLDM conference and will provide details shortly.

5.      Data Competitions: The Section is in early discussions with a private company and with another Section of the American Statistical Association to explore collaborative opportunities to conduct data mining competitions in the coming years. More information on this front as soon as the details are finalized.

As always, please feel free to get in touch with me or with any of the Section Officers if you have any questions or comments. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Xiaotong Shen
University of Minnesota
President, Section on Statistical Learning and Data Mining