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Initiative to Setting Up the Statistical Pan African Society (SPAS)
Initiative pour la création de la Société Pan Africaine
de Statistiques (SPAS)
Report on the 57th ISI Session, Durban 16-22 August, 2009
The SPAS participation
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Pictures from the session
It ended on good notes
The 57th Session of the International Statistical Institue (ISI) is now over. This turned out to be a really enjoyable time together with really good discussions on scientific works, very fruitful exchanges among delegates, some pretty good courses of high value and interest and some pretty amazing social events.
The session began on Sunday August 16, 2009 with a nice opening ceremony, that was
highlighted by the presence his excellency Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.
The ceremony was nicely entertained by a stellar performance by The Soweto Gospel Choir.
Lots of interesting work
From Monday 17 August to Saturday 22 August, more that 1300 papers were presented in the
60 sessions, divided in : Invited Paper Meetings (IPM), Special topic Contributed Paper
Meetings (STCPM) and Contributed Paper meetings (CPM). These presentations covered
numerous topics in Statistics, from Stochastic processes to Official Statistics.
Then the beach party came along
Some of the social event highlights include the beach party that was held on Wednesday August 19, 2009 and the delicious Gala Diner at the end shared by all delegates.
The African participation was impressive
One of the most striking facts was the massive presence of African delegates.
Indeed, the organizers (Statistics SA), made a concerted effort to associate
African statisticians to this ISI meeting, the first ever to be held in
Subsaharian Africa, especially toward young African Statisticians and
it did pay off. We were almost 600 to attend this Statistics World Congress. For all of you, who were able to make it to Durban, thank you for your participation, and for making this a successful meeting. For those of you who were not able to make it for any reason, we hope to see you at coming meetings.
SPAS in Durban
As to the Statistical Pan African Society (SPAS) participation,
there were four that attended the Session. They were,
Gane Samb LO
from SENEGAL, Vincent Agboto,
from USA, Kossi E. Gneyou
from TOGO, and
from FRANCE. Vincent chaired a session.
Their presentations were on multiple topics including :
Our colleague and SPAS member Dr. Dahud Kehinde Shangodoyin from BOTSWANA,
was scheduled to present his work on Time Series Model for Estimating the Death Rate of Emerging and Re-emerging Disease.
Unfortunately, we were not able to meet him in Durban.
- Uniform Weak convergence of non randomly weighted
poverty measures for longitudinal data (Gane Samb LO)
- A Bayesian approach to model robust designs (Vincent Agboto)
- Strong Consistency of Nonparametric Regression functions in
Competing Risks Model (Kossi E. Gneyou)
- On choosing a mixture model for clustering (Joseph Ngatchou Wandji)
How we get there
Three SPAS members (Lo, Agboto and Gneyou) were fully funded by the organizers
to attend the meeting. The participation of four SPAS members
(the ones fully funded in addition to Joseph Ngatchou-Wandji)
was coordinated by the SPAS, from the information to the funding.
The number of people funded for participation could have been higher
is more abstracts were submitted and more applications for funding were
requested by many more SPAS members. In the future,
we highly recommend that anyone with any slight interest
in any meeting should make all possible efforts to submit
abstracts and apply for funding as the possibility of
getting funded is usually unkown.
SPAS initiative spreads!
Of course, we took on this unique opportunity to disseminate the news about
the SPAS and to reach a maximum numbers of African statistics and probability
scholars. We also took in the meeting gathering the national and regional
societies and ISI. We will try to be an active member of the
ISI Committee for the Strengthening of Cooperation between the ISI and Statistical Societies.
SPAS and AFSA.
One revelation participants have to deal with in Durban was our possible
relation with the African Statistical Society (AFSA). Most SPAS participants were
not aware of the existence of such an association. Some participants knew of the
existence of AFSA and after some discussions, we are considering having SPAS as a
section of AFSA, but of course SPAS will still have its own rules. With discussions
still ongoing, in the meantime, we have decided to continue with organizational
aspects of SPAS as we have been doing for a while until further developments.
ASA Statistical ambassador
This is a very good news for all of us. The American Statistical Society (ASA) has a
program denoted : Statistical ambassador. The principle of this is simple : A country is chosen
first. In this country, one statistician is elected as a statistical ambassador. This one is
invited in the USA and takes a semester courses in some promising research topic. After
completion of the course, he or she gets home and trains at least 10 young master level
students on things learned and experience acquired while being the ambassador.
At the same time, he or she will be required to give lectures in this new learn research
topic at a regional level. The good news is that the next ambassador we be very likely chosen in the subsaharian Africa. The SPAS is dedicated to follow this project and inform members at appropriate time so that everyone has a meaningful chance of being the next ambassador. SPAS members had some discussions about this with ASA staff present in Durban. Some collaboration directions were discussed and planned and a report to members will be coming out soon on this.
Next sessions : Get started !
The next session, now called Statistical World Congress,
will be held in Dublin (Ireland) in 2011, August 21-26, and the one after that will
be in Hong Kong in 2013, August 24-31. All SPAS members should start preparing now for
these meetings with ideas to be submitted in abstracts and appropriate channels
to be taken for funding requests.
Thanks to ISI and Stats SA
The SPAS is expressing a warm thanks and appreciations to ISI executives and Statistics South Africa for funding offered to SPAS members and are congratulating them for the great job done and sterling organization of the ISI Session.
Now, let us all copy this International calendar in our notebook and organize
our papers consequently. The more we present our works, the more recognition
and experience we will get in our respective fields. But here is the secret :
share information, register and find the funding !!!
Gane Samb LO
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