Sacramento Statistical Association

Sacramento Chapter of the American Statistical Association 

This is the home page of the Sacramento chapter of the American Statistical Association. The mission of the Sacramento Statistical Association (SSA) is to promote and encourage the use of statistics and research. Through our Annual Institute on Research & Statistics, statistical educational and training opportunities, graduate student fellowships, and newsletters, we hope to foster a sense of communication and community among all those having some involvement with statistics and research.


36th Annual Institute on Research and Statistics

The 36th Annual Institute on Research and Statistics will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Union Building. This daylong event is co-sponsored by


-        the CSUS Department of Mathematics and Statistics:

-        the Student Chapter of SIAM at CSUS:

-        the Sacramento Statistical Association (SSA):

-        the College of Business Administration:

and features diverse presentations of interest to statistics practitioners and researchers of all levels of expertise.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and learn more about statistical methods, applications, and research projects in the Sacramento area. We invite you to propose a presentation or discussion topic to share research experiences. These are some examples of presentation categories:



Presentations describe the application of known statistical techniques to data and are welcomed from any field of study.  Past presentations have featured data from Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Epidemiology, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Education, Demography, and Business and Economics.



Presentations often introduce a new technique that is demonstrated on real or simulated data or may review previously published methods with a subsequent discussion of how these methods may be extended, adjusted, and/or synthesized to form a new technique.


Presentations may involve the demonstration, discussion, or comparison of software of interest to the statistics community.  Such software might include SAS, R, SUDAAN, SPSS, STATA, GIS and MATLAB.  New packages not widely used are also welcome.



Presentations are welcomed from experienced teachers of statistics at any level.  Topics may include the past, present, and/or future of statistics education, incorporating software into a curriculum, or how statistics relates to mathematics education.


Institute speakers receive several benefits.  The Institute provides an opportunity to share research and stimulate questions and constructive feedback on your research.  Speakers receive free conference registration including continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.


About 150 people with varying degrees of statistical knowledge attend the Institute each year.  There is a combination of plenary sessions and contributed talks that are held in smaller breakout sessions.  Presenters include professors, graduate students, researchers, and professionals from both the public and private sectors.  Presentations are either 25 or 35 minutes, including introduction and discussion.  Proposed roundtable discussions must have at least three participants.


To be considered for participation in our 36th Annual Institute, your proposal must be submitted by April 21st, 2015.  Include your name, contact information, proposal title, brief 1-2 paragraph abstract, preference for a 25 or 35-minute time slot, requested visual aid equipment, and a very brief biography for introduction purposes.



2015 Annual Membership Dinner


The 2015 annual membership dinner was held in December 2014. Congratulations to President-elect, Min Li and Vice President-elect, Ying Yang.

2015 Annual Membership Dinner Announcement

The 2015 annual membership dinner were held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:30pm. The location is:


130 G Street

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 757-6600

The purpose of the evening is to elect officers for the upcoming year. All current members and their guests are invited to the event.


2014 program

Slides and Handout from 35th Annual Institute on Research and Statistics


·       Data on a Shoestring: Surveying California’s Women Veterans

·       Methods, Models and More: Recent Developments in SAS/STAT® Software

·       Ranking Influence in General Statistical Problems

·       Now You SeeIt, Now You Don’t: Using SeeIt to Compare Stacked Dotplots to Boxplots

·       Adapting the AHRQ Inpatient Mortality Indicators for Public Reporting in California

·       Regression Estimation of Covariance Matrix



You may also be interested in the 2013 Program,  2012 Program,  2011 Program, 2010 Program, 2009 Program, 2008 Program, 2007 Program, 2006 Program, and 2005 Program.


Our membership application form - Membership is only $5 per year!
SSA Board Members and Committees
Past presidents of Sacramento Chapter
SSA Bylaws

Slides and Handout from 31st Annual Institute on Research and Statistics

·      Current California Economic Outlook

·      Getting Started with ODS Statistical Graphics in SAS 9.2

The Economy Today: What Our Measures Tell Us About The Current Recession

Short Course: An Introduction to Biostatistics through a Case Study

The Sacramento Statistical Association offered a short course presented by Dr. Farzaneh Tabnak, a Research Scientist Supervisor at the California Department of Health Services (DHS), on November 3, 2005. The professional development opportunity provided an introduction to biostatistics through a case study, including analyses/interpretation using SAS software. Take a look at the Abstract.

Short Course on Logistic Regression

Dr. Alan Fenech presented a short course on logistic regression on March 7, 2005. Dr. Fenech is currently an Emeritus Professor of Statistics at UC Davis. This professional development opportunity provided an overview of the logistic regression model and associated statistical inference techniques, featuring examples of the application of logistic regression to data. Course Description.

Past Annual Institutes

2005 Program and presentation by Daniel Smith, Ph.D. Overlapping confidence intervals are not a statistical test.
2003 Program and visual aids
2002 Program

Past News Letters
2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.

May 1999

October 1999

February 2000

October 2000

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Comments or questions? Want to submit an item to be included at this site? Please contact Webmaster Ying Yang. Relevant job announcements may be emailed to the SSA Secretary for distribution to our members.

Last updated March 3, 2015.