Newsletter Volume 25 No. 1 (73) 2001

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Published three times a year, the ISI Newsletter provides a broad overview of the Institute's activities, and also includes additional information of interest to statisticians. The Newsletter is sent to all members of the ISI and its Sections (approx. 5,000) as part of their membership.

Editors: Dr. M.P.R. Van den Broecke and Mr. D. Berze.       Copy Editor: René Keijser

In this online Issue
Message from the President
Message from the Director
Membership Elections 2000
ISI Officer Election – Results
53rd ISI Session—Seoul 2001
Satellite Meetings and Short Courses of the 53rd ISI Session
Topics for Invited Paper Meetings
Financial Assistance Programs
News of Members
In Memoriam
Awards, Prizes and Competitions
Conferences, Meetings and Calls for Papers
Young Statisticians Meeting (April 9-10, 2001)
ISI Committee Matters


Calendar of Events
News from ISI sections Volume 25 No. 1 (73) 2001


Message from the President


This first issue of our ISI Newsletter for 2001 gives me the occasion to wish you, at the dawn of this New Millennium, an exciting and successful year – a year in which information will play an ever increasing role in the life of the international community and will be an indispensable basis for sustainable development, to be realised through the attainment of peace, freedom, prosperity, security and justice. Last year, the IAOS Conference held in Montreux, Switzerland, successfully illustrated how we statisticians can develop new methods and new tools to contribute to this fundamental goal for mankind.

Mournfully, I regret to begin this first message of the 3rd Millennium by announcing that one of our honorary members, Professor Leslie Kish, aged 90 and member of the ISI for 30 years, has passed away at the beginning of last October. When we learnt this sad news, it was too late to announce it in the previous issue of the ISI Newsletter. Leslie Kish provided the ISI, IASS and the whole statistical community with the benefits of his invaluable and uninterrupted personal support. Thank you, Leslie, for being with us during all your professional life. You may find a tribute to his memory prepared by ISI honorary member Ivan Fellegi. The ISI Council and the ISI Permanent Office expressed their sincere condolences to his family and to the University of Michigan.

I would like to invite you to look at the results of the election of the ISI Officers for the term 2001 – 2003, which are presented here. Although these results have still to be formally approved by our next General Assembly in Seoul, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 873 members who participated in the election process by sending back their ballot and all candidates for their active support to ISI. Let me also congratulate the newly elected team who will start to work at the completion of the Seoul Session.

As I reported in my previous message, ISI Director, Marcel Van den Broecke, Assistant Director, Daniel Berze, and myself, visited the hosts of our next Session in Seoul last October (which included also visits to the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Seoul). I can say that the venue for the Session is really very impressive and the working atmosphere of both the National Organising Committee and the Local Programme Committee is excellent. Undoubtedly the Session will be a great success. We have also participated, together with several ISI and ISI Section members (e.g. IASE President Brian Phillips) to celebrate the International Statistical Education Centre (ISEC) Golden Jubilee. ISEC was created in 1950, at the suggestion of Prasanta Mahalanobis, by the ISI and the Indian Statistical Institute, with the help of UNESCO. A total of 1,296 students from 60 different countries have been trained in Calcutta over a period of 50 years. The celebration included a two-day scientific seminar in Delhi focussing on the main challenges statisticians have to face today, followed by a two-day conference examining statistical education in the ISEC Calcutta facility and general issues in statistical education. I hope we will be able to continue to provide support to ISEC in the coming years in despite of our financial constraints. We are grateful to our ISEC hosts for their excellent work in organising these conferences, to the Indian Government and UNESCO for providing financial support for the conference.

A gathering of ISEC conference participants

Also on November 30 and December 1, 2000, our Council met in Voorburg at the ISI Permanent Office. A total of 16 Council members (out of the 30) were present. In particular, all the Sections were represented, in general by their President. This Council meeting is the only one to be held between two plenary ISI Sessions. This Council meeting was preceded and followed by meetings of the Executive Committee. Although the agendas of these meetings were long and detailed, I would like to provide you with a brief overview of some of the more important topics that were discussed.

I would like to first inform you about the Council’s support for my initiative to revise the ISI Statutes and By-Laws. The actual texts have been adopted in 1984, more than 15 years ago. Some ISI practices have changed in the course of time and our Statutes and By-Laws should be modified in order to reflect these new methods of operation. All ISI members have received a letter explaining the proposed changes. Please do not view this initiative as an unimportant bureaucratic procedure: at least one-third of the membership (i.e. around 670 members) should vote upon the proposal; of course, you are free to accept, reject or abstain each of the nine proposals, but please do submit your VOTE as soon as possible! It’s important for the life of our Institute. We are counting upon you and your ballot will count. Thank you for your support in this activity!

Concerning our next Session in Seoul in August, the ISI Director and I provided Council with a report regarding our visit in Seoul and, together with Richard Gill (the chairman of the ISI Programme Co-ordinating Committee) we informed the Council members of the excellent preparatory work made by our Korean colleagues: the internal deadlines are being met; eighty-four invited paper meetings are being planned included a number of meetings organised by guest organisations. During the Council meeting, we also welcomed the President and the Chief of the Executive Secretariat of the 2003 German National Organising Committee, Dr. H.G. Merk and Mr. Bernd Störtzbach. They provided an impressive description of the preliminary work that has already taken place. You may obtain a lot of information about both these events by looking at the two web-sites updated respectively by the Korean and German NOCs: and

President-Elect Dennis Trewin gave some preliminary impressions of the 55th ISI Session he will organise with his Australian colleagues on April 5–12, 2005. We have exchanged some information about the possible host countries for the 56th Session in 2007 and I’m confident that we will reach the stage such that we can announce our choice in the forthcoming ISI Newsletter, as well as for the 57th Session in 2009. By running through the pages of this Newsletter issue, you may learn about some other seminars, cutting edge conferences, and meetings organised by the ISI and/or its Sections, that provide proof of the vitality of our Institute.

Publication issues are a recurring theme during the meetings of the ISI leading bodies. In a previous issue of the Newsletter, I had reported that we are now ready to electronically publish Statistical Theory and Method Abstracts (STMA) in a CD-ROM format. Plans are being made to include back issues of Short Book Reviews in this new electronic product. Negotiations are taking place with CIS to explore the advisability of a joint marketing collaboration. Statisticians of the Centuries, edited by Chris Heyde, will be published this year. The work for preparing the 6th edition of the ISI’s Dictionary of Statistical Terms has started under the leadership of its chief editor Yadolah Dodge, and negotiations are underway with Oxford University Press to publish this in 2002. One of the most exciting achievements is certainly the internet version of the Glossary of Statistical Terms, thanks to the tremendous support provided by Eurostat to this project; you may access this Glossary via the ISI website and I invite all users to send their comments, proposed additions, etc. to ISI volunteer Johan Dragt, who has been responsible for developing the database of statistical terms on which the Glossary is based. Our main task in the near future is certainly to improve the coverage of this Glossary. Finally, the Council has been informed of the appointment by the ISI Publications Committee of new co-editors for the International Statistical Review (ISR), Asta Manninen (Finland) and STMA, F. W. Steutel (The Netherlands).

Finally, the ISI Council discussed several matters concerning committee activities. First, the chairman of the ISI Committee on Environmental Statistics, Larry Cox, informed the Council that his Committee would like to form a new ISI Section and the Executive Committee has considered the advantages and disadvantages of such a move. This matter will be further considered in forthcoming meetings of the Executive Committee and Council. The Council has also expressed its support for the orientations proposed in the document produced by the Committee on Women in Statistics (please refer to the previous issue of the Newsletter for further details) to stimulate additional female ISI membership. The Council has approved the creation and the terms of reference for a new ISI Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics, which will be chaired by Dr. Eckart Elsner (Germany). It also adopted new terms of reference for the ISI Committee on Risk Analysis chaired by Dr. John Bailar (USA). Finally, it approved a proposal to establish ISI Service Awards to replace the former ISI Service Medals, in response to the motion presented by ISI honorary member Jim Durbin during the last General Assembly meeting in Helsinki. All these matters will be described in detail in the Report that will be presented to the meeting of the General Assembly in Seoul.

As you can see, the ISI and its Sections are very much alive but also their scientific contributions to the world statistical community are of fundamental importance. In the coming days you will receive Information Bulletin No. 2 for the Seoul Session. I hope most of you will return the registration forms as I’m sure that Seoul will be a great occasion to meet and have productive and pleasant scientific and informal discussions. I hope you will not miss this occasion offered by the first major statistical event of the Third Millennium.


Jean–Louis Bodin,
President ISI


Message from the Director 


Thank you for all the good wishes we received at the ISI Permanent Office for the year 2001. We extend the same wishes to you in the hope that you will have a fruitful and successful year. A warm welcome is also extended to the sixty-eight new ISI ordinary members who were elected in the first and second rounds of the 2000 elections (more). In view of the fact that the average age of ISI-membership continues to rise, I would like to encourage our members to propose statisticians for membership who are prominent in their field but who are not yet a member of the ISI. Details of the procedure for submitting names of such potential ISI-members can be found on our web site ( The results of the elections of new ISI Council and Executive Committee representatives for 2003–2005 period, including the position of President-Elect, are announced here.

This year will be a year full of ISI activities, the most prominent one being the fifty-third ISI Session in Seoul, Korea. The scientific program has now been established, and the session promises to be a very interesting one. You may expect to receive the second bulletin informing you about all the necessary details in March. It will be sent to all those individuals who responded to the first bulletin by submitting the preliminary registration form contained therein. You can also receive the second information bulletin by sending an e-mail to requesting it. All those who have expressed the intention to present a contributed paper, as well as those who will present an invited paper should send in their registration form to ensure that their paper will be included in the electronic and hard copy version of the Session Proceedings, traditionally referred to as the “Bulletin”. More information regarding the Session in Seoul can be found on pages 5–17 of this Newsletter.

I am pleased to announce that we have now put an up-to-date membership list on our web site at ( which contains all ISI members with name, affiliation, city, country, telephone, fax and e-mail address as far as available, excepting those members who have responded to our earlier announcement, specifically specifying which contact information they wished to have suppressed. The list, a PDF file, is updated on a regular basis.

Another search feature has also been introduced at our website at ( as a helpful source of information. This facility lists the names and addresses of various national and international statistical organisations, including various United Nations organisations, specialised agencies, governmental organisations and statistical societies. It also contains a handy feature that allows one to select a country and obtain the relevant details regarding the national statistical office for a particular country, as well as details regarding its national statistical association and/or society. We try to keep these lists as topical as we can, and would appreciate receiving your updates and additional information should any corrections or updates be required.

For the benefit of those who live in developing countries or have an interest in them (with specific regards to Africa), I would also like to draw attention to an initiative of a non-profit organisation located in Germany and called “Technology Transfer: Africa” which aims at bridging the digital gap between developed and developing countries. For more information see (

Let me conclude by pointing out that the ISI-Development Fund which supports statisticians from developing and transition countries who present a paper at a meeting of the ISI or one of its Sections, still has some funds available for this purpose, on a first come first serve basis. An application form can be downloaded from our web site ( or be sent by mail in hard copy format on request.

Marcel van den Broecke



Membership Elections 2000

We congratulate sixty-eight new ISI Ordinary Members who were elected in the first and second rounds of the 2000 elections. A list containing the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of these new members may be viewed at (

Abu-Libdeh, Hasan (Palestine)
Albert, Jose R. (Philippines)
Argüeso Jiménez, Antonio J. (Spain)
Arminger, Gerhard (Austria)
Balbi, Simona (Italy)
Bichot, Jacques (France)
Bond, Derek (UK)
Bose, Mausumi (India)
Brachinger, Hans W. (Germany)
Chaganty, Narasinga R. (USA)
Choi, Jong-Hoo (Korea)
De Gunst, Mathisca (The Netherlands)
Dehling, Herold G. (Germany)
Domanski, Czesław K. (Poland)
Dwijosumono, Subagio (Indonesia)
Esposito, Vincenzo (Italy)
Farrar, Martha S. (USA)
Gadag, Veerabhadra (India)
Gambino, Jack (Canada)
Hassan, Abdulah (Ethiopia)
Hox, Joop (The Netherlands)
Ishida, Akira (Japan)
Jones, Michael C. (UK)
Kamps, Udo (Germany)
Keita, Naman (Mali)
Lee, Dong-Myeong (Korea)
Lefranc, Christophe (France)
León, José R. (Venezuela)
Li, Gang (China)
Lin, Miao-Hsiang (China)
Mallick, Bani K. (India)
Mammen, Enno M. (Germany)
Mase, Shigeru (Japan)
Mesbah, Mounir (Algeria)
Moreau, Sylvain J. (France)
Morikawa, Toshihiko (Japan)
Nadarajah, Saralees (Sri Lanka)
Naik-Nimbalkar, Uttara (India)
Nam, Buhn (Korea)
Nascimento Silva, Pedro L. (Brazil)
Portier, Christopher J. (USA)
Rajarshi, Manohar (India)
Rivière, Pascal (France)
Ruiz Espejo, Mariano (Spain)
Sanso, Bruno (Venezuela)
Schimek, Michael G. (Austria)
Selçuk. Ayşe S. (Turkey)
Shabaneh, Luay A.-H. (Palestine)
Shakhatreh, Hussein I. (Jordan)
Shipp, Stephanie S. (USA)
Singh, Harshinder (India)
Sinha, Debajyoti (India)
Smith, Stephen L.J. (USA)
Sreehari, Maddipatla (India)
Steerneman, Antonius G.M. (The Netherlands)
Tiwari, Ram C. (USA)
van der Laan, Mark (The Netherlands)
van der Vaart, Aad W. (The Netherlands)
Verde, Rosanna (Italy)
Verdier, Pierre H. (France)
Villan, Ildefonso (Spain)
Wan, Alan Tze Kin (China)
Wang, Suojin (USA)
Ward, Denis (Australia)
Yadohisa, Hiroshi (Japan)
Zalkind Irony, Telba (Brazil)
Zen, Mei-mei (China)
Zoppè, Alice (Italy)
Existing ISI members are urged to nominate potential new members to ISI membership. The future of our organisation depends upon our ability to generate new qualified members. Details about ISI (and ISI Section) membership and ISI member nomination forms can be found at (


ISI Officer Election – Results

A tabulation of the 873 ballots regarding ISI Officers resulted in the election of the following persons:

President-Elect (2001-2003)
Stephen M. Stigler (USA)

Vice Presidents
Jae Chang Lee (Korea)
Denise A. Lievesley (UK)
Jef L. Teugels (Belgium)

Jayant V. Deshpande (India)
(2001-2005) Nicholas I. Fisher (Australia)
Frederick W.H. Ho (Hong Kong S.A.R., China)
David S. Moore (USA)
Sylvia Richardson (France)
Paul Switzer (USA)
Ib O. Thomsen (Norway)
Norbert Victor (Germany)

Present Council members who will be continuing their service for a further two years are: Luigi Fabbris (Italy)
Catherine Huber-Carol (France)
Youri Ivanov (Russia)
Farhad Mehran (Iran)
Stephan Morgenthaler (Switzerland)
Ryoichi Shimizu (Japan)

The formal approval of the election results is due during the Seoul Session by the General Assembly that is scheduled for August 27, 2001. We are grateful to all candidates for their enthusiasm and willingness to support the ISI. The newly elected team, under the leadership of incoming President Dennis Trewin will start its work at the completion of the Seoul Session in August.

ISI Executive Committee for the 2001-2003 Period (subject to the formal General Assembly approval):

Dennis Trewin Stephen M. Stigler Jae Chang Lee Denise A. Lievesley Jef L. Teugels



53rd ISI Session—Seoul 2001

The National Organizing Committee (NOC) is working hard to ensure that this upcoming Session will be a success and hopes to satisfy the expectations of all participants who are involved in the Session.

Information Bulletin No. 2

The second Information Bulletin will be distributed in March 2001 by airmail to all those who have completed the “Preliminary Registration forms”. Please note that Bulletin No. 2 will also be accessible from our Session website (

Anyone who wishes to receive a copy of Bulletin No. 2 by airmail may contact the Executive Secretariat of the 53rd ISI Session.

Auditorium in the COEX (meeting venue) with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities newly built last year

Scientific Programme

The Scientific Programme of the 53rd ISI Session consists of the Invited Paper Meetings and the Contributed Paper Meetings. A Tutorial Course on Data Mining will also be held one evening during the Session as a special event. A list of invited paper meetings is included elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Invited Paper Meetings

The updated programme of the Invited Paper Meetings will be published in Bulletin No. 2. Each Invited Author should submit a draft (preliminary) version of his/her invited paper to the meeting organizer by February 22, 2001 so that the organizers can advise on the content. The deadline for submitting the manuscripts of the Invited Papers is April 22, 2001. As for the Invited Paper Meetings, at the Seoul ISI Session we are extremely honored to announce that two Nobel-prize winners have agreed to give special presentations at the IP Plenary Meeting during the Session.

Contributed Paper Meetings

Anyone actually participating in the ISI Session may present a contributed paper at the Session. All contributed authors are requested to classify their papers according to the indicative list of topics published in Bulletin No. 1 and Bulletin No. 2. The deadline for submitting the manuscripts for the Contributed Papers is April 22, 2001. The final programs including the date and time of presentation for each author will be published in Information Bulletin No. 3, which will be forwarded to all registrants in July 2001.


ISI Delegation poses with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (October 2000).

From the left to right:
      Mr. Daniel Berze (Assistant Director, ISI Permanent Office)
      Dr. Marcel P.R. Van den Broecke (Director, ISI Permanent Office)
      Mr. Young-Dae Yoon (Commissioner, Korea National Statistical Office)
      Mr. Han-Dong Lee (Prime Minister, Republic of Korea)
      Mr. Jean-Louis Bodin (President, ISI)
      Professor Jae-Chang Lee (Chair, Local Programme Committee)
      Mr. Bong-Ho Choi (Chief, Executive Secretariat).

Statistics on Preliminary Registration

As of the end of January 2001, 800 persons from 79 different countries have completed the Preliminary Registration for the 53rd Session of the ISI. The actual number of preliminary registrants is expected to increase during the month of February 2001. Among these preliminary registrants, 180 persons are female, and 376 persons are non-members of the ISI and its Sections. Anyone who wants to become a member of the ISI or its Sections should address their request for ISI membership nomination form or ISI Section application form to the ISI Permanent Office               (website:

Among the 800 preliminary registrants, 520 persons are authors of a Contributed Paper. With respect to the desired hotel category that preliminary registrants have requested, around 70 percent of these registrants expressed a preference for “First Class” or “Economy Class”, as opposed to “Super Deluxe” or “Deluxe Class”. From this trend, we can assume that early reservations may be desirable for those who want to stay at First Class or Economy Class hotels. Most registrants (80%) have taken advantage of the internet by transmitting their forms through our website. The data of all preliminary registrants who have sent their Preliminary Registration form by e-mail, fax or airmail, instead of through our website have also been included in our website database. The list of the Preliminary Registrants according to nationality is available from the Newsboard via the website (

Please feel free to visit this website anytime to see who will be attending this upcoming Session.

Final Registration

Please note that “Preliminary Registration” will close at the end of February 2001 and “Final Registration” will start on the Session website as of March 1, 2001. Anyone who wishes to attend the Session but missed the deadline (February 28) for the submission of the Preliminary Registration form will be permitted to directly transmit their Final Registration form without needing to submit the Preliminary Registration form. Please note that the registration fee will increase as of June 1, 2001 and that all authors of the Contributed Papers should process their Final Registration on or before June 1, 2001 to ensure that their papers will be included in the program and in the Conference Volume of Contributed Papers. Final Registration can be made by either of the following three methods:
·   Through our website: Please go to the Session website ( and click on “Final Registration”. You can type your e-mail address and find the Final Registration Form. Some of your personal information will appear on that form if you have already signed up for preliminary registration. Just fill in the rest of the form and send by clicking on “Transmit”.
·   By fax: See the Final Registration Form attached in Information Bulletin No. 2.
·   By airmail: See the Final Registration Form attached in Information Bulletin No. 2.

Registration fee

A list of registration fees is available in Bulletin No. 1, No. 2 and also on our Session website. The registration fees for participants include admission to all scientific meetings, exhibitions, the Welcome Reception, the Reception by the Mayor of Seoul, Korean Night (Cultural Performance), and various materials required for the conference, such as conference bags, name badges, program books, Proceedings (cd-rom included), KNSO’s publications, stamp albums, memo pads and pens, souvenirs for participants, souvenir badges, exhibition directories, participants lists, travel guide books, map of subway lines…etc.

Hotel Reservation

Participants can get the necessary information for each type of accommodation and make the appropriate reservations using the Registration Form on the Session website from March 1, 2001. The NOC has tried its best to secure as many rooms as possible for the ISI participants, however, early reservations are recom­mended because unfortunately reservations will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Furthermore, some hotels may not be able to accommodate all of the applicants’ requests.

How to create Papers

Authors can produce papers by using software from Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and Latex. In the case of Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and Latex, authors can produce papers using the ready-made style sheets or templates which can be downloaded from our Session website (

In case authors would like to create papers using some other text editor, they should save their papers as a PDF file. The maximum length of Invited Papers is 4 pages and that of Contributed Papers is 2 pages in single space at A4 size. However, during their presentations in the meeting rooms, authors are free to circulate a longer (extended) version of their paper or a hand-out (presentation material) to the audience, if they want. The instructions for creating the manuscripts are also published in the Information Bulletin No. 1, No. 2 and on our website.

How to submit Papers

Authors who have completed the papers according to the above explanations can then submit their papers using one of the following three methods.
·   Through our website: Please visit the Session website and click on “Paper Submission”. You can type your e-mail address and find the Paper Submission Form, in which some information has already been included in the Form if you have previously processed your Preliminary Registration. On that form, you can download the file of your paper which was made by either Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Latex, PDF and can send it by clicking the “Transmit” button. This may be the most convenient way for most authors to submit their papers.
·   By e-mail: You can send your paper by e-mail with an attached file that was made by either Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Latex, PDF. In this case, you should also send your Paper Submission Form together with the paper.
·   By airmail: You can send your paper by airmail to the Executive Secretariat. In this case, you should also enclose your Paper Submission Form attached in the Bulletin No. 2 and the diskette of the paper, together with the hardcopy of the paper in an envelope. The special composition sheets will be mailed to the persons who expressed their wishes to submit papers by airmail in Preliminary Registration, by 15 February 2001.

All authors of Invited and Contributed Papers should submit the final manuscript of their papers by

April 22, 2001.




Korean traditional dance

Social Programs

Several inspiring and relaxing social programs will also be offered to participants and their families during the Session. In addition to the Welcoming Reception, the Reception by the Mayor of Seoul, and the Farewell Party, a fantastic cultural performance named “Korean Night” will hopefully provide participants with an unforgettable experience in Seoul. On Saturday afternoon during the Session, participants will be able to enjoy tour programs such as the Kyongbokkung Palace Tour, the Korean Folk Village Tour, the Korean Tea Ceremony Tour and the Chongmyo Confucian Shrine Tour. On Sunday, participants can join various programs such as the World Ceramic Exposition, Pukhansan Mountain Climbing, Kwangnung Arboretum and Military Defense Tour. Special one night/two day tour programs from Saturday afternoon to Sunday are also available and are scheduled as follows:

· Kyongju Tour:
Kyongju was the capital of the Shilla Dynasty. Here, you can get a taste of ancient Korea and the golden-age of Korean Buddhism such as the Sokkuram Grotto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

· Mt. Soraksan Tour:
Soraksan is one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea and has its own special beauty in each of Korea’s four seasons. During the summer, its numerous peaks are covered with clouds and fog. Spectacular rocks look like fairies under the full moon in the dark sky. A treasury of wildlife with Asian black bears, 1,200 types of flora, including the unique Edelweiss, Uisangdae Pavilion, the Reunification Observation Post and the Kyongpodae beach, etc will dazzle the participants.

· Andong Traditional Architecture Tour:
Andong is a small town in the southeastern part of Korea famous for preserving an authentic tradition of old Korean culture developed by the yangban, or the noble class, of the late Choson Dynasty. Hahwe village in Andong was even visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.


Queen Elizabeth II visiting Hahwe village in 1999, which still preserves an authentic tradition of old Korean culture.

There will also be wonderful tour programs for accompanying persons. Participants and Accompanying Persons can apply for the tour programs in the Final Registration Form. More detailed information for each of these excursions will be published in the Information Bulletin No. 2 and on our Session website.

Special Airfare Rates

Korean Air has been designated as the Official Carrier of the Session. This agreement has been made between the National Organizing Committee and Korean Air and stipulates that any registrant who is attending the 53rd Session of the ISI will qualify for a 20% discount off the current market airfare for Business and Economy Class to and from Seoul. Participants who wish to purchase their air tickets should show a copy of their Registration Acknowledgement to the nearest Korean Air office. The NOC is also discussing possible arrangements with Asiana Airlines.

Information Desk at the Airport

At the International Airport, there will be an ISI Information Desk which will station full-time ISI staff members during the Session to help all ISI participants take local transportation to their place of accommodation.


The “International Statistical Exhibition (ISE)” will be held in conjunction to the ISI Session. The Exhibition will feature displays of major hardware and software items as well as other related technological equipment by numerous international and local vendors. Those who wish to participate in the exhibition are required to send their application form, which is included in our website, to the Executive Secretariat by June 30, 2001. The manual for exhibitors, which includes detailed information on the installation booth, exhibits and custom clearance etc. will be provided to those companies/organizations that have sent in their application forms. For more details, please log on to our website at (


Biwon (Secret Garden), one of the Choson Dynasty(1392-1910) palaces

Important Deadlines

April 22, 2001:
Authors should submit the final manuscripts of their papers to the Executive Secretariat.
June 1, 2001:
The increased registration fee takes effect. The authors of Contributed Papers are to submit their registration fees by this date to ensure that their papers will be included in the programme and in the Conference Volume of Contributed Papers. 


Satellite Meetings and Short Courses of the 53rd ISI Session

Dates Meeting/Courses Place Organizers Contact
Aug. 2 ~ Aug. 3 Matrix Conference Voorburg, The Netherlands
(ISI Permanent Office)
Statistics Netherlands  - ISI Dr. George Styan 
Aug. 18 ~ Aug. 22 IASS Short Courses · Survey Sampling · Variance Estimation · Small Area Estimation · Non-sampling Error · Editing & Imputation Seoul, Korea (COEX) IASS - KASS  Dr. Dan Kasprzyk 
 (  Dr. Kay-O Lee 
Aug. 20 ~ Aug. 21 Meeting on Recent Advances in Biostatistics Taejon, Korea (KAIST) Prof. Young Jack Lee Prof. Young-Jack Lee
Aug. 21 ~ Aug. 22 IASE Satellite Conference on Statistical Literacy Seoul, Korea (COEX) IASE - KASE Prof. Yong Goo Lee
Aug. 20 ~ Aug. 21 The 2nd International Symposium on Industrial Statistics Yokohama, Japan (Keio University) The ISI Committee for Statistics in Business and Industry Prof. Chihiro Hirotsu
Aug. 30 ~ Aug. 31 IAOS Satellite Meeting on Statistics for Information Society Tokyo, Japan Statistics Bureau of Japan - Japan Statistical Association · IAOS Mr. Akihiko Ito
Aug. 30 ~ Sept. 1 International Conference on New Trends in Computational Statistics Osaka, Japan (Osaka Univ.) IASC -  Japanese Society of Computational Statistics Prof. Yutaka Tanaka
Aug. 30 ~ Sept. 1 International Conference on Statistical Challenges in Environmental Health Problems Fukuoka, Japan (Fukuoka Soft Research Park) International Biometric Society
(The Japanese Region)
Prof. Takashi Yanagawa

For more detailed information, please see Bulletin No. 1, No. 2 or the website (

Schedule for the 53rd Session of the ISI

    07:30-09:00 09:15-11:30 11:45-13:15 13:15-15:30 15:45-18:00 Evening
21 Aug.(Tue.)     Registration
22 Aug.(Wed.)     Registration
Opening Ceremony  Welcome Reception
23 Aug.(Thur.)   Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Scientific Meetings Seoul City Reception
24 Aug.(Fri.)   Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Scientific Meetings Tutorial on Data Mining
25 Aug.(Sat.)     Scientific Meetings   Mid-Session Tour
26 Aug.(Sun.)     Mid-Session Tour       Guest Societies
Dinner Meeting
27 Aug.(Mon.)   Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Administrative Meetings Special Keynote Addresses* ISI General Assembly Korean Night
28 Aug.(Tue.)   Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Scientific Meetings Farewell Party
29 Aug.(Wed.)   Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Administrative Meetings Scientific Meetings Scientific Meetings  

* Special Keynote Addresses invited by ISI President

Tentative Administrative Meetings Programme

Date (7:30–9:00) (9:15–11:30) (11:45–13:15) (13:15–15:30) (15:45–18:00) Evening
Aug. 22 (Wed.) ISI Outgoing
Executive Comm.
Registration Registration Opening Ceremony Welcoming Reception
Aug. 23 (Thur.) ·   ISI Environment Comm.
·   IAOS Exec. Comm.
·   Joint meeting of the Incoming Programme Comm. and Programme Co-ordinating Comm. and representatives of Outgoing Programme and Programme Co-ordinating Comm.s and both Local Prog. Comm. Chairs
·   International Statistical Training Centres Working Group
·   ISI Member Auditors
·   IASS Council
·   Scientific Meetings ·   ISI Nominations Comm. I
·   ISI Programme Comm. I
·   Jan Tinbergen Awards Comm.
·   BS East Asian & Pacific Reg. Comm.
·   BS European Regional Comm.
·   SCORUS Meeting
·   Mahalanobis Comm.
·   Women in Statistics Comm. Meeting
·   IASS General Assembly
·   Scientific Meetings ·   Scientific Meetings ·   Seoul City Reception
Aug. 24
·   ISI Programme-Co-ordinating Comm. I
·   BS Publications Comm.
·   Life Sciences Comm.
·   Khowarizmi Comm.
·   Travel & Tourism Comm.
·   Incoming & Outgoing ISI Council
·   Scientific Meetings ·   IAOS Programme Comm.
·   BS Programme Comm.
·   IASE Programme Comm.
·   IASC Programme Comm.
·   IASS Programme Comm.
·   Irving Fisher Comm. on Central Bank Statistics
·   Official Lunch with German LOC representatives
·   IASE Executive Comm.
·   Scientific Meetings ·   Scientific Meetings ·   Tutorial Course on Data Mining
Aug. 25
·   Jan Tinbergen Winning Paper Presentations
·   Scientific Meetings
·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Chief Statisticians Reception
Aug. 26
·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Social Programme ·   Guest Societies Dinner Meeting
Aug. 27
·   Open meeting hosted by Women in Statistics Comm.
·   IASE General Assembly
·   BS Council meeting
·   IASC Council meeting I
·   Agricultural Statistics Comm.
·   ISI Statistics in Business & Industry Comm.
·   ISI Comm. on Risk Analysis
·   Scientific Meetings ·   IAOS General Assembly
·   History of Statistics Comm.
·   Sports Statistics Comm.
·   BS Comm. for Probability & Statistics in the Physical Sciences
·   IASC Council meeting II
·   President’s IP Meeting ·   ISI General Assembly & Jan Tinbergen Award Presentations ·   Korean Night
Aug. 28
·   IASC General Assembly
·   Dictionary of Statistical Terms Editorial Comm.
·   ISI Comm. on Professional Ethics
·   Open Meeting of Statistical Societies
·   IASS Executive Comm.
·   Scientific Meetings ·   BS General Assembly
·   ISI Nominations Comm. II
·   ISI Programme Comm. II
·   ISI Publications Comm.
·   ISI Service Certificates Review Comm.
·   Scientific Meetings ·   Scientific Meetings ·   Farewell Party
Aug. 29
·   Mercator Comm. on GIS
·   Scientific Meetings ·   ISI Programme Co-ordinating Comm. II
·   ISI Incoming Executive Comm.
·   Official Lunch with Australian LOC representatives    


Topics for Invited Paper Meetings

0.   Special Keynote Addresses

Speakers:       James Heckman (USA)

                     Daniel McFadden (USA)

1.   President’s invited paper meeting

Organizer:       Jean Louis Bodin, France


      1)   The public perception, political persuasiveness, and professional profile of statistics – can statistical societies make a difference?

Denise Lievesley (UK)

      2)   Statistics, Development and Human Rights

Carlo Malaguerra (Switzerland)

      3)   Ombre ou Lumière: du bon usage des statisticiens dans le débat social

Pierre Tournier (France)

      4)   Measures to capture poverty-a review of recent experiences

Tim Marchant (World Bank)

Lionel Demery (World Bank)

2.   Statistics in Korea: History, Role in Economic Development and Current Statistical System

Organizer:       Moon Sup Song, Korea


      1)   The instrumental precipitation records during the last 220 years in Seoul, Korea

Jeong-Soo Park (Korea)

Hyun-Sook Jung (Korea)

Myung-Hoe Huh (Korea)

Sinsup Cho (Korea)

      2)   Korea’s growth planning and statistical credibility

Inchul Kim (Korea)

      3)   Development history of statistical system and activities

Bong-Ho Choi (Korea)

Kyung-Tae Kim (Korea)

      Discussants:  to be announced

3.   Asian Statistical Forum

Organizer:       Jae Chang Lee, Korea


      1)   to be announced

                   Eun-Pyo Hong (OECD)

                   Guy Shuller (Luxembourg)

      2)   to be announced

                   Dennis Trewin (Australia)

      3)   to be announced

                   Tomas Africa (The Philippines)

                   Rose Venzuela-Ignacio (The Philippines)

      4)   to be announced

                   Yuki Miura (Japan)

      Discussants:  to be announced

4.   Internet:
Network Management and Engineering Performance

Organizer:       Glenn Stone, Australia


      1)   Internet traffic data

                   W.S. Cleveland (USA)

      2)   Balanced allocations in fully-connected networks

                   Malwina Luczak

      Discussants:  to be announced

5.   Statistics in Bioinformatics

Organizer:       Charles E. Lawrence, USA


      1)   Stochastic models for non-local interactions in biological sequences

                   Scott Schmidler

      2)   A Bayesian algorithm for Local Sequence Alignment

                   Bobbi Jo Webb

      3)   Bayesian Models for Gene Structure Prediction

                   Sudeshna Adak

      Discussants:  Jun Liu (USA)

6.   Perfect Simulation

Organizer:       James Allen Fill, USA


      1)   The randomness: A new method for sampling from difficult distributions

                   Mark Huber (USA)

      2)   Perfect slice samplers

                   Antonietta Mira (Italy)

      3)   Using perfect tempering

                   Geoff Nicholls (New Zealand)

      Discussant:    David Bruce

7.   Spatial Statistical Modeling, with Environmental Applications

Organizer:       Noel Cressie, USA


      1)   A spatial statistical model for studying the impact of climate variation on wetlands in the U.S. prairie pothole region

                   J. Andrew Royle (USA)

                   Christopher K. Wikle

                   Mark Koneff

      2)   Spatio-temporal modeling of environmental-monitoring data

                   Hsin-Cheng Huang (China)

      3)   models and computations for nonstationary spatial processes

                   Richard L. Smith (USA)

                   Montserrat Fuentes

      Discussant:    Alfred Stein (The Netherlands)

8.   Clinical Trials of Herbal Medicine

Organizer:       Young Jack Lee, Korea


      1)   to be announced

                   Stanley Azen (USA)

      2)   to be announced

                   Benny Zee (Canada)

      Discussants:  to be announced

9.   Large Data Bases and Medical Research


10. Technology in Statistical Education

Organizer:       Tae Rim Lee, Korea


      1)   to be announced

                   Jungjin Lee (Korea)

      2)   to be announced

                   Marta Bilotti Aliaga (USA)

      3)   to be announced

                   Kay Lipson (Australia)

      4)   to be announced

                   Sakurai Naoko (Japan)

      Discussants:  Masakasu Murakami (Japan)

                             Joongkweon Shon (Korea)

11. Women's Contributions to Leadership in Statistical Education

Organizer:       Martha Aliaga, USA


      1)   The role of the internet in statistical education, my contribution in South Korea

                   Tae Rim Lee (Korea)

      2)   Leadership in research on teaching and learning statistics

                   Pilar L. Iglesias (Chile)

                   Gloria Icaza

      3)   Women’s role in shaping future directions in statistical education

                   Shyamala Nagaraj

                   Ann Lee Wang

      4)   Women as statistical educators

                   Elsa C. Servy (Argentina)

      Discussants:  Mary H. Regier

                             Mary Gray

12.            Quality Programs in Statistical Agencies

Organizer:       Gordon J. Brackstone, Canada


      1)   Towards a balanced TQM system at statistics Finland

                   Heli Jeskanen-Sundström (Finland)

                   Pentti Pietila (Finland)

       2)  Production and presentation of official statistics; Strategies for managing quality

                   John Cornish (New Zealand)

                   Robert Templeton (New Zealand)

                   Kenneth Miller (New Zealand)

      3)   Eurostat’s approach to quality

                   Werner Grunewald (Eurostat)

                   Yves Franchet (Eurostat)

      4)   Educated use of information about data quality

                   Geoff Lee (Australia)

                   Bill Allen (Australia)

      5)   Quality management in the UK office for national statistics

                   Susan Linacre (Australia)

                   David Fenwick (UK)

      Discussants:  Romulo A. virola (The Philippines)

                             Dong-Myeong Lee (Korea)

13. Combining Data from Different Sources

Organizer:       Tim Holt, UK


      1)   A comparative study of the quality of income statistics based on interview surveys and/or administrative records

                   Irmeli Penttila (Finland)

                   Leif Nordberg (Finland)

      2)   Combining unemployment benefits data and LFS data estimate ILO unemployment for small areas: An application of a modified Fay-Harriot method

                   R. Ambler

                   D. Caplan

                   R. Chambers

                   M. Kovacevic

                   S. Wang

      3)   Combining survey and administrative data for Singapore’s census of population 2000

                   Leow Bee-Geok

                   Koh Eng-Chuan

      Discussant:    Photis Nanopoulos (Luxembourg)

14. The Role of Official Statistics in University Curriculum

Organizer:       Reiner Staeglin, Germany


      1)   to be announced

                   Carmen Feijo (Brazil)

      2)   to be announced

                   Erkki Pahkinen (Finland)

                   Risto Lehtonen (Finland)

      Discussants:  to be announced

15. Education and the Internet & Effective Structures for the Net

Organizer:       Brian Phillips, Australia


      1)   Teaching data analysis with online access to official statistics

                   Larry Weldon (Canada)

      2)   Distance learning: Eurostat’s activities

                   Photis Nanopoulos (Eurostat)

      3)   Classroom experiences in using the net for teaching

                   Carl Lee (USA)

      4)   Educational use of official statistics in Australia and Vietnam

                   John Pidgeon (Australia)

      Discussant:    Ada Van Krimpen (The Netherlands)

16. Internet and Innovative Data Dissemination

Organizer:       Heli Jeskanen-Sundström, Finland


      1)   Implications for dissemination strategies of the internet as a new channel

                   Brian Pink (New Zealand)

      2)   The internet and the SDDS: Leveraging new technology to increase interaction between users and web sites

                   Carol Carson (IMF)

      3)   Market research and the evolution of internet publishing at statistics Canada

                   David Roy (Canada)

      Discussants:  Paul Cheung (Singapore)

                             Günther Kopsch (Germany)

17. Internet Data and Innovative Collection

Organizer:       Warren Mitofsky, USA


      1)   Errors in web surveys

                   Vasja Vehovar (Slovenia)

                   Katja Lozar

                   Zenel Batagelj

      2)   Web surveys: The questionnaire design challenge

                   Mick P.Couper (USA)

      3)   Probability-based survey research on the internet

                   Karol Krotki (USA)

      Discussant:    Warren Mitofsky (USA)

18. Disclosure Control and Data Access

Organizer:       Luigi Biggeri, Italy


      1)   Some methods of local recording for disclosure control of microdata sites

                   Akimiki Takemura (Japan)

      2)   Web systems that disseminate information but protect confidential data

                   Alan F. Karr (USA)

                   Ashish P. Sanil (USA)

      Discussants:  Steve Fienberg (USA)

                             Lucia Buzzigoli (Italy)

19. Multiple Frame Surveys

Organizer:       Álvaro González-Villalobos, Argentina


      1)   Multiple Frame sample surveys: Advantages, disadvantages and requirements

                   Elisabetta Carfagna (Italy)

      2)   Application of multiple frame designs in agricultural survey programmes

                   Mirane M. Carrilho (Brazil)

      3)   A National agricultural survey in Ukraine using multiple frame methods

                   William H. Wigton (USA)

                   John Litschauer (USA)

                   Nick Kobets (Ukraine)

                   Oleg Prokopenko (Ukraine)

      Discussant:    Heung-Keun Oh (Korea)

20. Measurement of E-commerce

Organizer:       Paul Cheung, Singapore


      1)   Measuring the U.S. electronic economy: Lessons learned

                   Barbara K. Atrosti (USA)

      2)   ABS electronic commerce statistics and methodological issues encountered

                   Tim Power (Australia)

      3)   EC-learnings: Experience and future strategies for measuring

                   Peter Bogh Nielsen (Denmark)

      4)   Developing indicators for the new digital economy:measuring internet electronic commerce

                   Thomas R. Spacek (USA)

                   Sam Weerahandi (USA)

      5)   Learning from e-commerce: Incomplete data and decision support

                   Abhinanda Sarkar (India)

      Discussant:    Hermann Habermann (USA)

21. Issues of Risk Assessment in Asian Countries

Organizer:       Byung-Soo Kim, Korea


      1)   Quantitative methods for food and diet safety assessment

                   Lutz Edler (Germany)

      2)   Beyond dose response: Describing long-term health effects of radiation exposure

                   Dale Preston (Japan)

      3)   Statistical issues encountered in the risk assessment of pesticides and herbicides

                   A. John Bailer (UK)

      Discussants:  Jongsei Park (Korea)

                             Kiyohiko Mabuchi (USA)

22. Marine Resource Estimation

Organizer:       Tore Schweder, Norway


      1)   Shipboard sighting surveys: methodological developments to meet practical needs

                   Steve Buckland (UK)

      2)   Quantification of uncertainty in fishery stock assessments: Statistical challenges in the provision of management advice for southern bluefin tuna

                   Tom Polacheck (Australia)

      3)   Allele sharing methods for estimating population size

                   Hans Julius Skaug (Norway)

      Discussants:  Elja Arjas (Finland)

                             Gudmund Host (Norway)

23. Recent Works of Young Korean and Japanese Probabilists on Stochastic Numerical Analysis

Organizer:       S. Ogawa, Japan

Papers: to be announced

                   Geon-Ho choe (Korea)

                   Dong-Han Kim (Korea)

                   Hyek Yoo (Korea)

                   Hiroshi Sugita (Japan)

                   Katsusi Fukuyama (Japan)

                   Kenji Yasuatomi (Japan)

      Discussants:  to be announced

24. Topics in Human Genetics

Organizer:       Takashi Gojobori, Japan


      1)   to be announced

                   Walter Fitch (USA)

      2)   to be announced

                   Hiroshi Tanaka (Japan)

      3)   to be announced

                   Aravinda Chakravarti (USA)

      Discussant:    Edward C. Holmes (UK)

25. Sampling Problems in Biology and Epidemiology

Organizer:       Per Kragh Andersen, Denmark


      1)   New methodology for wild animal data

                   Byron J.T. Morgan (UK)

      2)   Recent developments in forestry sampling

                   Jennifer Brown (New Zealand)

      3)   Cohort sampling in epidemiological studies

                   Ornulf Borgan (Norway)

      Discussant:    J.C. van Houwelingen (The Netherlands)

26. Noncompliance in Clinical Trials

Organizer:       Hans van Houwelingen, The Netherlands


      1)   Life is not perfect: noncompliance analysis in practice

                   Els Goetghebeur (Belgium)

      2)   Different issues arising in estimating the effects of dynamic and non-dynamic treatment regimes under non-compliance

                   Andrea Rotnitzky (USA)

      3)   Adjusting for noncompliance with special reference to screening trials

                   Jack Cuzick (UK)

      Discussant:    Per Kragh Andersen (Denmark)

27. Relation between Biomathematical Modelling and Biostatistics

Organizer:       Frank G. Ball, UK


      1)   Living (and dying) in a deterministic world

                   Christl Donnelly (UK)

      2)   Stochastic modeling of polymerase chain reaction and related biotechnologies

                   Fengzhu Sun (USA)

      3)   Statistical methods for deterministic biomathematical models

                   William Welch (Canada)

      Discussants:  Tom Britton (Sweden)

                             Gavin Gibson (UK)

28. Spatial Statistics in an Agricultural Environment

Organizer:       Alfred Stein, The Netherlands


      1)   Invasive species in extensive farming systems: Spatial statistics for dynamics characterization

                   Pascal Monestiez (France)

      2)   Multivariate geostatistics for precision agriculture

                   Noel Cressie (USA)

                   Jay Ver Hoef (USA)

      3)   Statistical prospects of environmental issues in sub-Saharan Africa – a study from Niger

                   Mohammadou Gandah

      Discussant:    Larry Cox (USA)

29. The Role of Statistical Science in the Assessment of Air Quality

Organizer:       Lawrence H. Cox, USA


      1)   Spatial trends and spatial extremes in south ozone

                   Seokhoon Yun (Korea)

                   Richard L. Smith (USA)

      2)   Multivariate receptor modeling for air quality space and/or time

                   Eun Sug Park (USA)

                   Peter Guttorp (USA)

      3)   Air pollution and daily mortality in seven major cities of Korea, 1991–1997

                   Jong-Tae Lee (Korea)

                   Ho Kim (Korea)

                   Ho-Jang Kwon (Korea)

                   Joel Schwartz

                   David C. Christiani (USA)

      Discussant:    Paul Switzer (USA)

30. Statistics for Financial Stability

Organizer:       Philip Turnbull, UK


      1)   The perspective of international organisations

                   Paul van den Bergh (Switzerland)

                   Charles Enoch (USA)

      2)   The perspective of a central bank of a developed country

                   Sarah Wharmby (UK)

      3)   Monitoring statistics for financial stability of a small-opened economy

                   Sunny Yung (Hong Kong, SAR, China)

Discussants:        Jean-Marc Israel (Germany)

                             Federico Signorini (Italy)

31. Millenium Anniversary: Thomas Bayes, b.1701

Organizer:       Anthony Edwards, UK


      1)   The reverend Thomas Bayes, FRS: A biographical sketch

                   David R. Bellhouse (USA)

      2)   The minor works of Thomas Bayes

                   Andrew I. Dale (South Africa)

      3)   De Moivre’s central limit theorem and its possible connections to Bayes’s Essay

                   Ivo Schneider (Germany)

      Discussants:  Stephen M. Stigler (USA)

                             A.W.F. Edwards (UK)

32. Border and Household Surveys

Organizer:       Scott Meis, USA

                         Stephen L. Smith, Canada


      1)   The re-design of the Canadian international travel survey

                   Bradley Ruth (Canada)

                   Jocelyn Lapierre (Canada)

      2)   The world tourism organization’s multi-national tourism expenditure survey study

                   Joaquin Garcia Eguiagaray (Canada)

      3)   Challenges to border surveys in Southeast Asia

                   John Koldowski (Thailand)

      4)   to be announced

      Discussants:  to be announced

33. Contemporary Methods in Quality Management

Organizer:       Ronald Does, The Netherlands


      1)   Statistical issues in quantitative quality programs

                   E.R. van den Heuvel (The Netherlands)

      2)   Statistics and performance measurement

                   Nicholas I. Fisher (Australia)

      3)   Six Sigma and its role in quality management

      Discussant:    No discussant

34. Measuring the Status of Women and Minorities in Society

Organizer:       Nanjamma Chinnappa, India


      1)   Micro-simulation studies measuring the status of women and minorities in organizations

                   Garnett Picot (Canada)

                   Ted Wannell (Canada)

      2)   Women’s contributions to the workforce: Are new measures needed?

                   Martha S. Farrar (USA)

                   Fred A. Vogel (USA)

      3)   Measuring the status of women in society – The case of developing countries

                   Malati Pochun (Mauritius)

      Discussants:  Lynne Billard (USA)

                             Heidi Arboleda (Thailand)

35. Robust Inference and Model Building

Organizer:       Ronchetti Elvezio, Switzerland


      1)   Globally robust inference procedures

                   Ruben H. Zamar (Canada)

      2)   Large approximating data

                   P. Laurie Davies (Germany)

      3)   Robust statistical analysis of financial models for the short term rate

                   Fabio Trojani (Switzerland)

      Discussant:    Marianthi Markatou (USA)

36. Recent Advances in Survival Analysis

Organizer:       Winfried Stute, Germany


      1)   A ‘missing-plot’ technique for goodness-of-fit tests with censored data

                   Arusharka Sen (India)

      2)   Life table and accelerated failure time model in biodemography

                   Fushing Hsieh (China)

      3)   Proportional hazards regression model with unknown link function

                   Jane-Ling Wang (USA)

      Discussant:    Ricardo Cao (Spain)

37. Memorial Meeting for Lucien Le Cam, George Matheron and John Tukey

Organizer:       Nick Fisher


      1)   Appreciation of Lucien Le Cam

                   Rudy Beran (USA)

      2)   Appreciation of George Matheron

                   Adrian Baddeley

      3)   Appreciation of John Tukey

                   Karen Kafadar

      Discussant:    No discussant

38. Hidden Markov Chains

Organizer:       Timo Koski, Sweden

Papers: to be announced

                   Rafail Hasminsky

                   Peter J. Bickel (USA)

      Discussants: to be announced

39. Statistics for Spatial and Spatial-Temporal Processes

Organizer:       Adrian Baddeley, Australia


      1)   Simulation and estimation of Lévy random fields

                   Katja Ickstadt (Germany)

      2)   Fitting Gaussian Markov random fields to Gaussian fields

                   Haakon Tjelmeland (Norway)

      Discussants: to be announced

40. Martingale Methods in Financial Modelling

Organizer:       Marek Musiela, Australia


      1)   Utility based asset valuation in incomplete markets

                   Thaleia Zariphopoulou (USA)

      2)   Modeling of default-free and defautable forward libor and swap rates

                   Marek Rutkowski (Australia)

      3)   Non parametric estimation of copulas for time series

                   Oliver Scaillet (Belgium)

      Discussants: to be announced

41. Functional Data Analysis

Organizer:       Douglas G. Simpson, USA


      1)   The registration problem in functional data analysis

                   Alois Kneip (Germany)

      2)   Quadratic regression for functional data

             Ricardo Fraiman (Argentina)

      3)   High dimension-low sample size data analysis

                   J. Stephen Marron (USA)

      Discussant:    John Rice (USA)

42. Analysis of High-Dimensional Data

Organizer:       David Rocke, USA


      1)   Dimension adjustment methods

                   Christope Croux

      2)   Robust principal components

                   Claudia Becker

      3)   Some dimension reduction ideas for analyzing micro array gene expression data

                   Ker-Chau Li

      Discussants: to be announced

43. IAOS Forum: Enhancing Statistical Capabilities in Developing/ Transition Countries

Organizer:       Paul Cheung, Singapore


      1)   to be announced

                   Hermann Habermann (USA)

      2)   to be announced

                   Carol Carson (USA)

      3)   to be announced

                   Svante Öberg (Sweden)

      4)   to be announced

                   Sid David (The Philippines)

      5)   to be announced

                   Tony Williams (UK)

      Discussants: to be announced

44. Statistical Physics Methods and Combinatorial Optimization

Organizer:       Sung-Chul Lee, Korea


      1)   Coalescing and annihilating random walks

                   Harry Kesten (USA)

      2)   Car parking for mathematicians

                   Mathew Penrose (UK)

      3)   Phase transitions of random graph and random satisfiability problem

                   Jeong Han Kim (Korea)

      Discussants:  Intae Jeon (Korea)

                             Yong Moon Park (Korea)

45. Analysis of Online Monitoring Data

Organizer:       Wolfgang Schmid, Germany


      1)   A review of recent nonparametric change point detection prodecures

                   Juergen Franke (Germany)

      2)   Analysis of online monitoring data from intensive care

                   Ursula Gather (Germany)

      3)   Projection pursuit methods for cluster identification and outlier detection with multivariate data

                   Daniel Peña (Spain)

      Discussants:  Manfred Deistler (Austria)

                             Changsoon Park (Korea)

46. Statistics in Information Retrieval

Organizer:       Jung Jin Lee, Korea


      1)   Statistical Issues in the Evaluation of Information retrieval systems

                   Paul B. Kantor (USA)

      2)   Understanding TREC Results- the role of statistics

                   Paul Over (USA)

      3)   Chinese Word Segmentation with statistical evidence

                   Joon Ho Lee (Korea)

      Discussants: to be announced

47. Monte Carlo Filtering

Organizer:       Dominic Lee, Singapore


      1)   Some aspects of sequential importance sampling

                   Jun Liu (USA)

      2)   Non-linear filtering and smoothing using interacting particle systems and historical processes

                   Pierre Del Moral (France)

      3)   Applications of Monte Carlo particle filters in signal processing

                   Petar M. Djuric (USA)

      Discussants:  Neil Gordon (UK) & Arnaud Doucet (Australia)

48. Interactive Graphical Data Analysis/Statistical Visualization

Organizer:       Todd Ogden, USA

Papers: to be announced

                   Webster West (USA)

                   Ed Wegman (USA)

                   Di Cook (USA)

      Discussants: to be announced

49. Statistical Methods for Intrusion Detection         

Organizer:       D. J. Marchette, USA


      1)   New adaptive batch and sequential methods for rapid detection of network traffic changes with emphasis on detection of
“Denial-of-Service” attacks

                   B.L. Rozovskii (USA)

                   R. Blazek (USA)

      2)   Using importance sampling to compute p-values in computer intrusion detection

                   D. Naiman (USA)

      3)   Functional Data Analysis of Network Traffic for Intrusion detection

                   J. Solka (USA)

      Discussants: to be announced

50. Computational Issues in Nonparametric Bayesian Nonparametrics

Organizer:       Lancelot James, USA


      1)   Bayesian nonparametric methods in event history

                   Yongdai Kim (Korea)

      2)   Computations for bayes nonparametric problems:
Weighted Chinese restaurant processes

                   Albert Y. Lo (Hong Kong, SAR, China)

      3)   Some theory and applications stick-breaking priors to bayes nonparametrics

                   Hemant Ishwaran (USA)

      Discussants:  Sehyung Kwon (Korea)

                             Lancelot F. James (USA)

51. Statistical Image Analysis: Human Brain Mapping

Organizer:       Dan Naiman, USA


      1)   A bioelectromagnetic inverse problem

                   Jiayang Sun

                   Richard Greenblatt

      2)   Assessing the significance of excursion regions in brain imagery via importance sampling

                   Carey Priebe (USA)

                   Daniel Naiman

                   Jiang Hu               (USA)

      3)   A general statistical analysis of MRI data

                   Keith Worsely (Canada)

      Discussants: to be announced

52. Non- and Semiparametric Smoothing Regression

Organizer:       Michael Schimek, Austria


      1)   Nonparametric analysis of covariance

                   Holger Dette

                   Natalie Neumeyer

      2)   Comparing nonparametric surfaces

                   Adrian Bowman (UK)

      3)   Joint semi-parametric modeling of mean and dispersion

                   Arunas Verbyla

      Discussants:  Peter Hall (Australia)

                             Paul Speckman (USA)

53. Simulation from Complicated Multivariate Distributions

Organizer:       Ehsan Soofi, USA and Iran


      1)   A family of j-shaped multivariate distributions

                   Samuel Kotz (USA)

                   Saralees Nadarajah (USA)

      2)   A procedure on estimating certain time dependent spectra

                   A.R. Soltani (Iran)

      3)   Simultations of dirichlet distribution under moment constraints

                   Refik Soyer (USA)

                   Thomas A. Mazzuchi (USA)

                   Ehsan S. Soofi (USA)

      Discussants:  Morteza Jamshidian (USA)

                             Ehsan S. Soofi (USA)

54. Optimization Techniques in Statistics

Organizer:       Yadolah Dodge, Switzerland


      1)   Is learning an optimization problem?

                   T. S. Arthanari (New Zealand)

      2)   Modelling rigidity in Parkinsonian patients

                   Gregory M. Constantine (USA)

      3)   Least informative distribution

                   Stephan Morgenthaler (Switzerland)

      4)   Two-stage quantile regression

                   Tae-Whan Kim      (UK)

      Discussant:    Yadolah Dodge (Switzerland)

55. Forum: IASE and Statistics Education in Developing Countries

Organizer:       Maria-Gabriella Ottaviani, Italy


      1)   On fifty years of university and pre-university teaching of statistics in Pakistan

                   Munir Ahmad (Pakistan)

      2)   An overview on the teaching of statistics at schools and university in Argentina

                   Ana Silvia Haedo (Argentina)

      3)   Selected aspects of education in statistics in Russia

                   Youri Ivanov (Russian Federation)

      4)   ENSEA, 40 ans au service de la formation des statisticiens en Afrique

                   KOFFI N’Guessan (Côte d’lvoire)

      Discussants:  No discussant

56. Undergraduate Level Statistics Programmes

Organizer:       Shen Shir Ming, Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Papers: to be announced

                   Ann-Lee Wang

                   Tony W.K. Fung

                   Susan Starkings

                   P.K. Ito

      Discussants: to be announced

57. The Future of Statistics Education Research

Organizer:       Joan Garfield, USA

Papers: to be announced

                   Carmen Batanero (Spain)

                   Flavia Jolliffe (UK)

                   Beth Chance (USA)

      Discussants:  Gilberte Schuyten (Belgium)

                             Maria-Gabriella Ottaviani (Italy)

58. Research on Teaching Statistics at School and University Levels

Organizer:       Susan Starkings, UK


      1)   to be announced

                   Silio Rigatti Luchini (Italy)

                   Maria Pannone (Italy)

                   Anna Milito (Italy)

      2)   to be announced

                   Dani-Ben Zvi (Israel)

                   James Nicholaon (UK)

      Discussant:    Flavia Jolliffe (UK)

59. Undergraduate Statistics Education in Non-Statistics Degree Programmes

Organizer:       Elisabeth Svenssen, Sweden


      1)   Is there life after introductory statistics?

                   Carol Joyce Blumberg (USA)

      2)   Teaching statistics in pre-clinical and pharmaceutical departments

                   Kerstin Wiklander (Sweden)

      3)   Teaching clinical-based biostatistics to medical undergraduates

                   Abhaya Indrayan (India)

      Discussant:    P.K. Ito (Japan)

60. Continuing Statistics Education in the Workplace

Organizer:       Carol Joyce Blumberg, USA


      1)   Statistical education outreach = Unlimited learning

                   W. Robert Stephenson (USA)

                   Kenneth J. Koehler (USA)

      2)   The role of the software system in continuing statistical education

                   William N. Venables (Australia)

      3)   The challenges for providers of international statistical training

                   Elizabeth A. Taylor (USA)

      Discussants:  René H. M. Smulders (The Netherlands)

                             Ryoichi Shimizu (Japan)

61. Postgraduate Training of Statisticians

Organizer:       Gilberte Schuyten, Belgium

Papers: to be announced

                   Seymour Geisser (USA)

                   David Griffiths (Australia)

                   Yuki Miura (Japan)

      Discussants:  Raoul Depoutot (France)

                             Els Goetghebeur (Belgium)

62. Official Statistics in Government Decentralisation

Organizer:       Pilar Martín-Guzmán, Spain

Papers: to be announced

                   Tim Holt (UK)

                   Sergio Besserman (Brazil)

                   Olav Ljones (Norway)

      Discussant:    Oladejo Ajashi (Nigeria)

63. How to Measure R&D Outputs Statistically?

Organizer:       Ibrahim Laafia, Luxembourg


      1)   Patents as indicators of technology output: A review

                   Dominique Guellec (France)

      2)   Measuring output from R&D activities in innovation surveys

                   Luuk Klomp (The Netherlands)

      3)   Statistical indicators of technologies and practices: Definitions and issues of measurement and aggregation

                   Fred Gault (Canada)

      Discussant:    Mario Albornoz (Argentina)

64. Efficiency in Technical Co-operation in Statistics

Organizer:       Ronald P.M. Luttikhuizen, The Netherlands


      1)   National strategies vs. institutions’ logic present practice and perspectives

                   Alain Azouvi (France)

                   Lamine Diop (Senegal)

                   Naman Keita (Mali)

      2)   How to improve the efficiency to technical co-operation activities

                   Hilkka Vihavainen (Finland)

                   Aija Zigure (Latvia)

      3)   Striving after good practices in technical co-operation in statistics to support social and economic policies

                   Ralf Hussmanns (ILO)

                   Enver Tasti (Turkey)

      Discussant:    Tony Williams (UK)

65. Statistics and the Mass Media

Organizer:       Fred Ho, Hong Kong, China

Papers: to be announced

                   Jai-Chan Yang (Korea)

                   Josef Olensky (Poland)

                   Stephen Clarke (Australia)

      Discussants:  Richard Barnabé (Canada)

                             Soedarti Surbakti (Indonesia)

66. Ethical Issues and Official Statistics

Organizer:       Willem De Vries, The Netherlands


      1)   The Dutch virtual census

                   Paul van der Laan (The Netherlands)

                   Peter Everaers (The Netherlands)

      2)   Concerns about confidentiality and privacy in the United States

                   Stephen E. Fienberg (USA)

      3)   The thin line between statistical and public information in Scandinavia

                   Olaf Ljones (Norway)

      Discussants:  René Padieu (France)

                             Frederick Ho (Hong Kong, SAR, China)

67. Development Indicators: How to Improve and Harmonize Them Internationally

Organizer:       Michael Ward, UK


      1)   Indicators of globalizations and international transactions

                   Soon-Hwa Yi (USA)

      2)   Leading indicators for national policy decisions

                   Enrico Giovannini (France)

                   Virginia Yee (USA)

      3)   Indicators of individual well-being in society

                   David Cieslikowski (USA)

      Discussant:    Kate Raworth (USA)

68. SCORUS: A Standard Regional Reference System as Prerequisite For internationally Comparable Regional Statistics

Organizer:       Rosa Giaimo, Italy

                         Anna Maria Milito, Italy


      1)   Monitoring urban and local government performance:The role of the World Bank

                   Tanzib Tchowdhury (World Bank)

      2)   Berlin and Tokyo 1980-2000, urban statistical comparison

                   Tsutomu Tanaka (Japan)

      3)   Comparable statistics in Large cities by age, sex and ethnicity

                   Malati Pochun (Mauritius)

      Discussants: to be announced

69. SCORUS: Measuring Inequalities in Large Urban Areas

Organizer:       Markandey Rai, India

                         Tsutomu Tanaka, Japan


      1)   Methods of measurement of poverty and inequality for the big cities of Russian Federation

                   Alexey Sheviakov

      2)   Measurement of income inequalities in urban areas in India

                   K.E. Vaidyanathan (India)

      3)   Presentation problems of social and spatial differences in
geo-coded census data: Possible solutions through blockmodelling and signed chi-square indices

                   Murat Gueven (Turkey)

      Discussant:    G.O. Karl (Kenya)

70. The Role of Survey Sampling in the 21st Century

Organizer:       John Cornish, New Zealand


      1)   to be announced

      2)   Combining information from multiple surveys

                   Sharon Lohr (USA)

      3)   Models for combining longitudinal data from administrative sources and panel surveys

                   Gad Nathan (Israel)

      Discussants:  Tim Holt (UK)

                             Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva (Brazil)

71. Misclassification as Response Error in Surveys

Organizer:       Cathryn Dippo, USA


      1)   Power analysis for chi-squared tests adjusted for misclassification error

                   S. Heo (Korea)

                   John Eltinge (USA)

      2)   Correcting for missing data and measurement errors in expenditure data: a Markov latent class modeling approach

                   Paul Biemer (USA)

                   Clyde Tucker (USA)

      3)   The effect of misclassification in estimating transition models

                   Nicola Torelli (Italy)

                   Adriano Paggiaro (Italy)

      Discussants:  Tin Chiu Chua (Singapore)

                             Colm O’Muircheartaigh (Ireland)

72. Standardized Survey Interviewing: Is it A Good Thing?

Organizer:       Barbara Bailar, USA


      1)   Problems of standardization in standardized survey interviews

                   Hanneke Houtkoop (The Netherlands)

      2)   Cross-cultural perceptions of questions sensitivity

                   Timothy Johnson (USA)

      3)   to be announced

      Discussants:  F.A.M. Kerssemakers (The Netherlands)

                             Clyde Tucker (USA)

73. Linked Employer-Employee Data

Organizer:       Cynthia Clark, USA


      1)   Methodological issues in Canada’s workplace and employee survey

                   Michael Hidiroglou

                   Pierre Lavallee

                   Zdensk Patak

                   Don Royce (Canada)

      2)   The longitudinal employer household dynamics project at the Census Bureau

                   John Abowd

                   Julia Lane

                   Ronald Prevost (USA)

      3)   Econometric issues in the analysis of linked longitudinal employer-worker data

                   Andrew K.G. Hidreth (USA)

                   Stephen E. Rudney (UK)

      Discussant:    Nancy Gordon (USA)

74. Multilevel Models for Survey Design and Analysis

Organizer:       Chris Skinner, UK


      1)   Sample size considerations for multilevel surveys

                   Michael P. Cohen (USA)

      2)   Selection effects in an analysis of contraceptive discontinuation in Morocco: An application of a multiprocess multilevel model

                   Fiona Steele (UK)

      3)   Multilevel modeling under informative sampling

                   Danny Pfeffermann (Israel)

                   Fernando Moura (Brazil)

                   Pedro Luis do Nascimento Silva (Brazil)

      Discussants:  David Steel (Australia)

                             Nicola Torelli (Italy)

75. Price/Production Indices

Organizer:       Dennis Trewin, Australia


      1)   On survey sample designs for consumer price indexes

                   Alan Dorfman (USA)

                   Sylvia Leader (USA)

                   Janice Lent (USA)

                   Ed Wegman (USA)

      2)   The potential use of scanner data for sampling items and prices for use in constructing

                   David Fenwick (UK)

      3)   A review of methods used in Europe for compiling production indexes

                   Michel Euriat (France)

      Discussant:    Frederick Ho (Hong Kong, SAR, China)

76. Edit and Imputation Techniques

Organizer:       John Kovar, Canada


      1)   Edit and imputation: from suspicious to scientific techniques

                   Eric Rancourt (Canada)

      2)   Towards a new system for edit and imputation of the 2001 Italian census data: A comparison with the Canadian new imputation methodology

                   Antonia Manzari (Italy)

                   Alessandra Reale (Italy)


      3)   New developments in edit and imputation practices – needs and research

                   John Charlton (UK)

                   Ray Chambers (UK)

                   Ken Lees (UK)

                   Sanchia Bailey (UK)

                   Svein Nordbotten (USA)

      Discussant:    Graham Kalton (USA)

77. The Meeting organized by International Labour Organization

Organizer:       K. Ashagrie, Switzerland


      1)   Estimating labour force using time use survey data-Indian experience

                   Central Statistical Organization (India)

      2)   Current major issues in labour statistics in the European Union

                   Hubert Charlier (Eurostat)

      3)   Current major issues and future challenges in labour statistics in the United States

                   Lois Orr (USA)

      Discussants: to be announced

78. Information Technology for Official Statistics (Eurostat)

Organizer:       Photis Nanopoulos


      1)   Research in official statistics

                   Jean-Louis Mercy

      2)   Transfer of technology and know-how

                   Herald Sonnberger

      3)   Co-operation between academic and official statisticians

                   P. Martín-Guzmán

      Discussants:  Y. Franchet

                             I. Fellegi

79. Extreme Value Distributions in Geology (International Association of Mathematical Geology)

Organizer:       Frits Agterberg, Canada


      1)   Scaling stratigraphic events using extreme occurrences

                   Vera Pawlowsky-Glahn (Spain)

                   Juan Egozcue (Spain)

      2)   The geological anomaly concept in mineral resources assessment

                   Zhao Pengda (China)

      3)   Decomposition of geochemical map patterns using their scaling properties to separate anomalies from background

                   Qiuming Cheng (Canada)

      Discussant:    Jef Teugels (Belgium)

80. The Meeting organized by International Federation of Classification Societies

Organizer:       David Banks (USA)


      1)   Computer-intensive methods in classification and related fields

                   William Shannon (USA)

      2)   Maximum likelihood estimates of classification trees

                   Dae Woo Choi (Korea)

      3)   Symbolic data analysis methods for data mining

                   Carlo Lauro (Italy)

      Discussants:  Hans-Hermann Bock (Germany)

                             So-Young Sohn (Korea)

81. The Meeting organized by Population Association of Korea

Organizer:       Doo-Sub Kim, Korea


      1)   How to use the information in population register in statistics and in other sectors of the society

                   Hannu Luntiala (Finland)

      2)   Female’s lifetime pattern of employment across Korean cities and industries

                   Bun Song Lee (Korea)

      3)   Use of percentage tables of demographic data with log-linear modeling

                   Myoung Jin Lee (Korea)

      Discussants:  Keong Suk Park (Korea)

82. The Meeting organized by International Actuarial Association

Organizer:       Greg Taylor, Australia


      1)   The pricing of catastrophe reinsurance contract using the
Cox process and equivalent martingale probability measure.

                   Jiwook Jang (Australia)

      2)   Bayesian methods in actuarial science

                   Udi Makov (Israel)

      3)   to be announced

                   David Pitt (Australia)

      Discussant:    Greg Taylor (Australia)

83. Guest Organization

to be announced

84. Best Papers by Young Statisticians from Developing Countries

Organizer:       Jean-Louis Bodin, France


Financial Assistance Programs

Those who are interested in the financial assistance programs offered to participants from developing countries can apply for the following programs.

1. ISI Development Fund (

The ISI has established the ISI Development Fund that can provide up to 90% of your expenses for travel accommodation and food, for which you can apply at ( An application form and other details can also be downloaded from the website, or can be sent to you by mail at your request. In order to qualify for this support, you must be presenting a paper at the Seoul Session and have two referents supporting your application. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis until the ISI Development Fund is depleted. A final condition is that you come from and work in a developing country, defined as a country not belonging to the OECD. If you meet the requirements stated above, you are welcome to submit your application.

2. ISI Tokyo Session Memorial Program (

All application forms must be received by the Institute of Statistical Research in Japan no later than April 15, 2001. The screening panel will notify all applicants as to their decision no later than June 30, 2001.

For U.S. Citizens only
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News of Members

During the June 2000 meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada, the Society's Gold Medal was awarded to Professor James V. Zidek, Department of Statistics, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver “In recognition of his achievements in statistical science, in particular in the area of decision theory and group-Bayes problems; for his contributions to real-life applications of statistics, in particular to environmental health problems; and for his many other contributions to the development and dissemination of statistics”. Professor Zidek also received the Distinguished Achievement Medal for 2000 from the Statistics and Environment Section of the American Statistical Association “For redesign of monitoring networks using an entropy criterion resulting in efficient computational techniques for the US Air Quality Trends network. For Bayesian interpolation of spatial random fields, enabling complex anisotropic covariance structures to estimate ambiant air quality”. He is also the recipient of “The Twentieth Century Distinguished Service Award” presented at the Ninth Lukacs Symposium at Bowling Green State University “For outstanding contributions to the development and direction of cross-disciplinary combinations of practicality and scholarship for statistics, ecology, environment and society in the form of environmental statistics”.

Mir Masoom Ali (left) was recently named the “George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Statistics” by Ball State University. Dr. Ali was honored with the professorship due to his highest quality of teaching, outstanding research record, the establishment of degree programs in statistics, journal editorship, the establishment of biopharmaceutical statistics conferences at Ball State University since 1978, and for his outstanding devotion to the university.

Calyampudi R. Rao (right), holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and director of the Center for Multivariate Analysis, has been honored with the U.S. Army Wilks Award, which consists of a medal and a honorarium.

The Award was established in 1981 in memory of Samuel Wilks, whose fundamental contributions to statistics greately influenced the use of statistics in Army operations, and is given to “a deserving individual who has made a substantial contribution to statistical methodology and application impacting the practice of statistics in the Army through their personal research in statistics or for their application of statistics in the solution of Army problems”. Under grants from the Army Research Office, Rao and his collaborators at the Penn State Center for Multivariate Analysis have made valuable contributions in the areas of pattern recognition, signal processing, shape analysis, Kalman modeling in multi-target tracking and construction of three-dimensional objects from flat pictures.


Deceased Members

The ISI regrets to announce the death of our colleagues:

  Born Elected Deceased
Leslie Kish 1910 1971 7 Oct. 2000
Bundhit Kantabutra 1915 1969 2 Dec. 2000
A.Clifford Cohen 1911 1984 2000
Conrad F. Taeuber 1906 1958 2000
Henri Theil 1924 1958  20 Aug.2000
Radha G. Laha 1930 1971 14 July 1999
Henri Lacroix 1917 1970 22 Sep. 2000
Samuel W. Greenhouse 1918 1972 29 Sep. 2000



In Memoriam

Leslie Kish (1910–2000)

A Life of Giving
I cannot believe that I am writing an article in memory of Leslie Kish. Just a few months ago I wrote a partly humorous little speech on the occasion of his 90th birthday celebration. I jokingly asked why are we making such a fuss about a 90th birthday – after all the Queen mother just celebrated her 100th. I emphasized that that was something. He laughed heartily, with the well known “Kish twinkle” in his eye. I was struck once again by the extent to which he remained fun-loving, vibrant, insightful, in fact young in all aspects of behaviour – even if somewhat limited in his mobility. He told me about his forthcoming partial knee replacement operation and confided that his doctor told him that he will either undergo this operation, or he will need to use a walker to get around. Of course, a walker was not to be contemplated: he needed to have his full mobility. And mobility, at 90, meant not just getting around at home but traveling around the world several times a year. He died due post-operative complications, having fought for several weeks with his usual indomitable courage.

In my mind the most characteristic feature of his life was his incessant giving. One of his last acts of giving was to inspire his friends and colleagues to establish the Leslie Kish International Fellows Fund to help students from developing countries obtain training in population sampling.

Leslie was born in 1910 in Poprad, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now in Slovakia. He used to relate how, at various times throughout history, Poprad belonged to five different countries – an appropriate symbol of his life motivated by a love of people from all parts of the world. In 1925 his parents decided to migrate to the U.S.A – together with hundreds of thousands of other Hungarians who left their country. As the great Hungarian poet Attila Jozsef put it: "one and a half million of our people staggered out to America". Soon after their arrival Leslie's father died. The remaining family of mother and four children had to decide whether they will stay in the U.S.A. They did, but that meant that the two oldest children, including Leslie, who was then 16 years old, would have to work in order to help the others.

Leslie continued his schooling in the evening. By 1937 he was within a year of completing his undergraduate studies. But this 27 year old was once again ready to sacrifice himself in order to help the world improve. He interrupted his studies in order help fight the fascists in Spain as a member of the International Brigade. His love of things Spanish, and of people oppressed, stayed with him forever.

At the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 he returned to the United States and completed his studies at City College of New York and received a degree in mathematics. He moved to Washington, where he was fortunate to have become a member of pioneering groups, first at the Bureau of the Census and then at the Department of Agriculture.

Again, he interrupted his career to volunteer for service in the war. In 1947 he finally moved to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where, together with a small band of enthusiasts helped found the Institute for Social Research. He said later that he never worked as hard as he did in those early years: obtaining his M.A and Ph.D. while working full time but also finding time to teach.

In statistics, he gave us several superb books. These include the pioneering Survey Sampling which became not just a bible of the field (i.e. like the original one, a source of lofty inspiration), as well as a day to day tool of practice. In that sense much of the world's statistical system has embedded in it the hundreds of pearls of practical wisdom of Survey Sampling. In 1988 (when Leslie was a young 78) came Statistical Design for Research which integrated and organized a lifetime's worth of acquired statistical wisdom. In between, before and after came a stream of articles, lectures and talks. He, sometimes working with others, introduced the concepts into our thinking and the words into our language of design effects; he was among the first to explore the issue of inference from complex samples and developed the innovation now known as balanced repeated replication (actually with Marty Frankel); was among the pioneers of studying response errors; became the apostle of rolling samples and censuses; pioneered controlled selection; formulated the concept of multipurpose designs; did some of the early work on small area estimation; and so on. But important as these works are, I think just as crucial were some of his other contributions.

He was one of very few people whose early applied work made sampling respectable and admired. In addition to having been one of the founders of what became the Institute for Survey Research at Ann Arbor, he taught generations of statisticians, both Americans and foreign ones through the legendary Summer Program for Foreign Statisticians. After his formal retirement he continued to do so through lectures in the Summer Program; through decades of editing or contributing to one or another of the questions and answers columns of the Survey Statistician; and through numerous lectures and consulting assignments. At international meetings I used to “bump into” his past students and current friends. One no longer “bumps into” them, because they have become completely ubiquitous: I wonder how many better known foreign samplers there are who were not at some point Leslie's students. And I do not want to forget about two of my favourites among his many contributions. His years of faithful service to Statistics Canada as a founding member of our Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods; and his ASA presidential address of 1977 (published in JASA in March 1978) – the best address that any President of ASA gave in my living memory.

He gave a lot to ISI as well. During the early 70s Leslie and I were members of a small organizing committee which brought about the International Association of Survey Statisticians. I can fairly say that 98 per cent of the work was done by the two of us. Later he served as a member of Council, as Vice President, and finally President-Elect and President. In effect, Leslie was at the centre of IASS for almost 15 years: from 1971 to 1985. He was also a member of two ISI ad hoc committees: on Statistical Development in Developing Countries and on ISI's Possible Role in Assessing the Risks of Nuclear War.

For his accomplishments he received world wide recognition. Of his dozens of awards I will just single out a few: he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bologna on the occasion of its 900th anniversary, the Samuel Wilks Medal which is ASA's highest recognition, the Henry Russell lectureship which is the highest recognition of University of Michigan, the title Honorary Fellow of the ISI which I regard as a kind of Nobel prize in statistics, and perhaps the most personally meaningful for him: a slew of the highest possible recognitions from Hungary (honorary doctorate from the largest university in Budapest, honorary membership in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Officer's Cross of the Order of the Merit).

Over and above what he gave us in statistics, he gave us the phenomenon known as “Leslie Kish, a force of nature”: the Spanish Civil War fighter, the philosopher of all things statistical, the ever young agitator for human rights, raconteur, avid reader, author of the best annual Christmas letters, loving husband and father, and lifelong friend to hundreds, perhaps thousands.

When I spoke at his 90th birthday celebration, I ended by saying that I was hoping to be present at Leslie's really big anniversary – the one the Queen Mother had just passed. And that was not just a joke: he was so full of life, it was not only quite possible to contemplate him living to be a hundred, but rather it was impossible to think about the opposite. Unfortunately, he did pass away. His final act of giving was to donate his body to medical research. Wouldn't it be fitting if the resulting work gave us some insight into the human wonder that was Leslie Kish?

Ivan Fellegi

Samuel W. Greenhouse (1918–2000)

Samuel W. Greenhouse, 82, Professor Emeritus of Statistics at George Washington University, who helped pioneer the use of statistical methods in epidemiological research and was influential in the early development of the theory and practice of clinical trials, died of cancer Sept. 29 at the home of a daughter in Rockville.

In 1948 Sam was recruited by Harold Dorn, along with Jerome Cornfield, Jacob Lieberman, Nathan Mantel and Marvin Schneiderman, to create the first biometry group at the National Institutes of Health in the National Cancer Institute. In 1954, he left the NCI to become Chief of the Theoretical Statistics and Mathematics Section in the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1966, he was appointed Chief of the Epidemiology and Biometry Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Development, where he rose to the position of Associate Director for Epidemiology and Biometry (1970–74) and Acting Associate Director of the Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (1969–74). He was the first statistician to hold such a high administrative position at the NIH.

In 1974 Sam retired from government service and undertook a full time academic career at George Washington University where he served as Chair of the Department of Statistics from 1976–9 and again in 1985–6. From 1988 until his death he served as the Associate Director for Research Development of the GWU Biostatistics Center.

Sam received many honors for his intellectual and professional contributions. In 1969, he was recognized with an NIH Superior Service Honor Award. He was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Statistical Society, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and of the Council of Epidemiology of the American Heart Association. He received the Founders Award from the American Statistical Association and was videotaped for the ASA archives. In December, 1999, Sam was recognized by the Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics for his lifetime contributions to psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics.

Sam held many positions in professional societies. He was Chair of the Wilks Committee (1994), Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association (1967–9), President of the Washington Statistical Society (1967–8), and President (1969) of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometrics Society. He was secretary of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1963–6) and served on the IMS council (1977–9). He chaired Section U (Statistics) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a member of the AAAS Council (1987–93) and Executive Committee (1987–9).

Sam loved to travel, accompanied by his life companion Selma, and frequently attended meetings of the ISI. Up until the time his illness was diagnosed he hoped to be able to attend the 52nd ISI meeting in Helsinki. His friendships spanned the globe.

Sam's many statistical papers include work on the evaluation of diagnostic tests, his Citation Classic papers with Geisser on profile analysis of repeated measures analysis, methods for the sequential analysis of emerging data in clinical trials, methods for epidemiologic studies and direct adjustment methods, among other techniques.

Sam was passionate about statistics. He relished the opportunity to teach and engage colleagues and young statisticians in statistical discourse. Whether giving a seminar, making a site visit, or on sabbatical, Sam was always a popular and stimulating visitor. However, if one asked Sam about the truly important work he was doing, he would inevitably talk about his scientific collaborations. For it was through the practice of statistics, he believed, that statisticians made their biggest impact on science, and it was through scientific collaborations that the important statistical problems were identified.

Tax deductible donations may be made to the GWU Sam Greenhouse Memorial Fund, care of The Biostatistics Center, 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20878. Memorial sessions in Sam's honor are being planned. Contact John Lachin at

John M. Lachin - Joel B. Greenhouse

Henri Theil (1924–2000)

Renowned economist Dr. Henri Theil, age 75, passed away August 20 in Jacksonville, Florida. Henri Theil joined the University of Florida faculty in 1981, becoming not only the first McKethan-Matherly chairholder at the College of Business administration, but the first eminent scholar in Florida's state university system. Internationally regarded as a pioneer in multiple fields of economics and econometrics, he published 16 books and more than 200 articles in a prolific career that spanned a half century. Three of the books, Economics and Forecasts and Policy, Economics and Information Theory, and Principles of Econometrics, have been recognised as citation classics by the Social Citation Index. He was an invited lecturer around the world, and his books and articles have appeared in Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Theil was noted as a researcher for combining elegant theoretical solutions to complex statistical problems with careful analysis of economic data. He made major contributions to a wide range of important issues in econometrics, including simultaneous equations estimation, omitted variables and data aggregation. He developed techniques for evaluating the accuracy of economic forecasts and deriving optimal economic policies from statistical models of the economy. Theil's book Principles of Econometrics (1967) was one of the earliest systematic treatments of the field, and was a primary text for training generals of graduate students in the empirical analysis of economic problems.

In other pioneering work, he applied the thermodynamic concept of entropy to a variety of social science topics, producing publications that include seminal works on measuring income inequality. Consumer demand analysis was a life-long interest. In the mid 1960's, with colleagues in the Netherlands, Theil made fundamental contributions in developing the "Rotterdam Model", a flexible framework for estimating systems of demand equations. In the 1980's with colleagues at the University of Florida, he developed what is now known as the "Florida Model", for cross-country demand analysis.

Born in Amsterdam in 1924, he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in 1951. From 1953 to 1966 he taught econometrics and was founding Director of the Econometric Institute at the Netherlands School of Economics (now Erasmus University) in Rotterdam. He joined the University of Chicago faculty as one of ten University Professors.

Theil's awards include honorary degrees from the University of Chicago, the Free University of Brussels, Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Hope College in Michigan. He was a fellow and past president of the Econometric Society an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, the American Statistical Association, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
He retired from the university in 1994, but continued to contribute actively to his profession through numerous journal articles and a book on Studies in Global Econometrics. Theil was a familiar figure both on the UF campus and St. Augustine Beach. He could frequently be found in the stacks of various UF libraries, pursuing his hobby of studying history, or taking long morning walks around campus or along the beach.

Theil is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eleonore.


Awards, Prizes and Competitions

Two New Prizes in Statistical Science

A consortium of statistical organisations has established two new professional prizes: the DeGroot Prize and the Lindley Prize, honouring the eminent statisticians Morris H. DeGroot and Dennis Lindley.

The Lindley Prize will be awarded for innovative research in Bayesian Statistics that is accepted for publication as a contributed paper in the refereed proceedings of the Valencia and ISBA international meetings. Award winning papers will present research in Bayesian statistics that is judged important, timely and notably original; truly innovative work will be judged more highly than successful development of ideas previously exposed. The Lindley Prize may be awarded for work in foundations, theory, methodology and applications of Bayesian statistics.

The DeGroot Prize will be awarded in recognition of a published book in statistical science. Candidates for the DeGroot Prize will be judged on the extent to which the book represents an important, timely, thorough and notably original contribution to the statistics literature, whether textbook or monograph. The DeGroot Prize may be awarded for a book addressing fundamental issues of statistical inference, decision theory and/or statistical applications, and including teaching texts at any level.

Each of the prizes consists of an award of $1500 and a commemorative plaque and is awarded biennially. The first DeGroot Prize will be awarded following the competition in 2001. The first Lindley Prize will be awarded following the competition based on contributed papers in the proceedings of the 7th Valencia International Meeting on Bayesian Statistics, to be held in Spain in 2002.

The International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), one of the founder organisations, has assumed responsibility for the management and administration of the two awards.

Full details of the two prizes, including the governing charters and the list of founding organisations, can be found at the ISBA website:

Japan Statistical Society Prizes

The Japanese Statistical Society has awarded the Society Prizes for 2000 to Emeritus Professor Chooichiro Asano (Kyushu University) for his work on medical statistics and computational statistics, Emeritus Professor Kei Takeuchi (University of Tokyo) for his work on asymptotic theory of mathematical statistics and econometrics, and his contribution to the develoment and improvement of the Japanese official statistical system, and Professor Masakatsu Murakami (Institute of Statistical Mathematics) for his work on the introduction and development of statistical methodology for analyzing data in human sciences, particularly historical documents.


Conferences, Meetings and Calls for Papers


Conference on Agriculture and Environmental Statistical Applications (CAESAR)
Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, 5-7 June, 2001

Istat is pleased to announce that it will host the second international conference on agricultural statistics, in collaboration with Eurostat, FAO, OECD, UN/ECE, NASS/USDA and ISI.

Preparations for the forthcoming CAESAR conference are in full swing. An impressive line up of invited paper speakers has been arranged (see invited paper programme listing below) and the contributed paper programme is presently being finalised. A wide range of social activities will be organized, taking advantage of Rome’s numerous attractions.

Deadlines April 30, 2001: The increased registration fee takes effect; April 30, 2001: Deadline for the submission of the final version of contributed and invited papers.

For more information consult our website:

or contact the organising secretariat:

Federica Piersimoni
Laura Machetti
Via A. Ravà 150
00142, Rome

telephone +39–06–5952 4526
+39–06–5952 4534
fax +39–06–541 0528

Important addresses
Satellite meetings: ISTAT
Aula Magna
Via Cesare Balbo,16
00184 Rome

Main conference: Palazzo Dei Congressi All'eur
Piazza Kennedy
00144 Rome

Caesar Invited Paper Programme

(Revised as of February 2001)

Monday 4 June 2001  
  9.30 - 10.30: Satellite Meeting
(hosted by ISTAT and IWG.AGRI)
10.30 - 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00: Satellite Meeting (continued)
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
14.30 - 16.00: Satellite Meeting (continued)
16.00 - 16.30: Shuttle Bus to "Palazzo dei Congressi"
16.30 - 17.30: Welcome cocktail at "Palazzo dei Congressi"
Tuesday 5 June 2001  
9.30 - 10.00: Opening Ceremony
  10.00 - 10.30: Plenary session I
“The Agricultural Situation In The New Millennium”
Chair: A. Zuliani (President of ISTAT - Italy)
K. Collins
(Office of the Secretary for Agriculture – USDA – USA)
10.30 - 11.00: Coffee break
  11.00 - 13.00: Plenary session II
“The Agricultural Situation In The New Millennium”
H. DeHaen (Assistant Director General – FAO)
European Commissioner
A. Pecoraro Scanio
(Minister of Agriculture – Italy)
T.B.A. (European Commissioner)
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
14.30 - 16.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Evolution Of The Role Of Agriculture In Developed Economies
Chair: E. Giovannini (OECD)
S. Offutt (ERS / USDA)
What is Agriculture?
G. Viatte (OECD)
New policy challenges: requirements for data collection and analysis
B. Hill (University of London – England)
Developed country agriculture: preparing statistical systems for the policy needs of the new millennium
    2. Evolution Of The Role Of Agriculture In Developing Country Economies
Chair: J. Bruinsma (FAO)
H. Binswanger (World Bank)
The evolution of agriculture's roles in economic development: The case of sub-Saharan Africa
R. Evenson (Yale University, USA)
New interactions between farm households and their natural resources and off-farm environment
P. Narain (FAO)
The response of agricultural statistical systems to the new demands
    3. Changes In Social Aspects Of Agriculture
Chair: Director of Agricultural Statistics (EUROSTAT)
M. Sabbatini – C. Russo (University of Cassino – Italy)
Family farms: are they endangered with extinction?
N.Fisenko (Institute of agrarian problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Russia)
The role of women in agriculture
D. Weatherspoon – H. C. Peterson
(Michigan State University – USA)
Impact of biotechnology on income distribution between the north and the south of the world
Agriculture as a key issue for rural development in the European Union
16.00 - 16.30: Coffee break
16.30 - 18.30: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. The Agriculture-Environment Relationship: Trend And Feedback 
Chairs: A. Stein (University of Wageningen)
P. Monestiez (INRA – Avignon)
A. McBratney (University of Sydney – Australia)
The 'precision' approach to the agricultural production-environment relationship
D. J. Mulla (University of Minnesota – USA)
Statistical issues for water quality at different scales in agricultural regions
W. Van der Werf
(University of Wageningen – The Netherlands)
Distribution in space and time of locust populations affecting agricultural land along the Red Sea
T. Garcia Azcarate (European Commission)
Integration of environmental aspects into agricultural policy: The case of the European Union
    2. Fishery Statistics: Current And Future Challenges
Chair: R. Grainger (FAO)
Norms and standards for co-ordinated fishery statistics gathering
R. Recide (Department of Agriculture – Philippines)
Sustaining fishery statistics programmes in developing countries
A. Crispoldi – C. Stamatopoulos (FAO)
Sustainable statistical development for fisheries: role of the international institutions
Wednesday 6 June 2001  
  9.30 - 11.00: Plenary session III
Quality Standards For Agricultural Statistics 
Chair: J. M. Silva Rodriguez (European Commission)
P. Helm (Ministry of Agriculture – United Kingdom)
Improving the quality and value of statistics on agricultural holdings by making use of administrative data and other statistical sources
W. Grünewald – R. Muthmann (EUROSTAT)
Applying Eurostat's quality approach to agricultural statistics
R. Slater (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Standards for official statistics
U. Huber (Ministry of Agriculture – Germany)
The importance of agriculture in the economy. A methodological and empirical analysis based on German data
11.00 - 11.30: Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Agricultural Census And Survey Issues
Chair: F. Hardy (Statistics Canada)
M. Trant (Statistics Canada)
S. Bouzaffour (Morocco)
Review of agricultural census "best practices"
M. Farrar (NASS / USDA – USA)
A. Epikhina (Goskomstat – Russia)
M. Steiner (NASS – USA)
The development of an agricultural statistics system for Russia's new market economy
C. House (NASS / USDA – USA)
Statistical aspects of a census
    2. Timeliness/Accuracy/Completeness Of Agricultural Statistics
Chair: F. Vogel (NASS / USDA – USA)
C. Julien (Statistics Canada)
Using administrative data for census coverage
U. Jorner (Statistics Sweden)
Quality in agricultural statistics
W. Fuller (Iowa State University – USA)
C. Isaki (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Modelling for coverage errors in a census
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
14.30 - 16.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Agricultural Statistics Systems
Chair: A. De Michelis (EUROSTAT – retired)
C. Gay (SCEES – France)
The need for development of the European agricultural statistics system
C. Hjulsager (Statistics Denmark)
Organization of agricultural statistical system
M. L. Widen – H. Jönrup (Statistics Sweden)
Agricultural statistics system based on surveys as well as administrative sources
D. Peare – F. Kutsch Lojenga (EUROSTAT)
Implications of Community enlargement on European agricultural statistics
    2. Classification Issues For Agriculture Statistics System 
Chair: M. Chamie (United Nations)
R. Poukka (Statistics Finland)
Agriculture far in the north – different activities and classification problems
G. Parry
(Secretariat of the Pacific Community – New Caledonia)
Agricultural statistics in the Pacific: special classification needs of relatively small island countries
 P. Johanais (Director of Statistics Canada)
How do classification systems respond to changing demands of agriculture statistics in the new millennium?
    3. Agricultural Survey Methods In Transition And Developing Countries
Chair: Á. González-Villalobos (FAO)
A. Gerami (Ministry of Agriculture, Iran)
Agricultural statistics in Iran
E. Laczka (Hungarian Central Statistical Office)
The agricultural census in Hungary: analysis of results
M. Nazif (Ministry of Agriculture,egypt)
The agricultural censuses of Egypt
A.K. Srivastava (India)
O.O. Ajayi (Nigeria)
The national agricultural censuses in developing countries
16.00 - 16.30: Coffee break
16.30 - 18.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Data Sources And Design Issues For An Agriculture Statistics System
Chair: J. Gallego (JRC, European Union)
G. Hanuschak (NASS / USDA – USA)
The new economics of remote sensing for agricultural statistics in the Unites States
K. J. Poppe (LEI, Wageningen – The Netherlands)
The EU farm accountancy data network
M. Greco – L. Martino (ISTAT – Italy)
The system of the agriculture statistics in Italy
J. Delince' (EUROSTAT)
An European approach to area frame survey
    2. Data Integration Issues
Chair: U. Jorner (Department for Environment and Regional Statistics – Sweden)
M. Schmidt (Ministry of Agriculture – Germany)
Multiple use of data within the agricultural statistical system
J. C. Porchier (SCEES – France)
The implementation of an information system on administrative statistics in agriculture. Example of one member state of the European Union
E. Ikäheimo (Ministry of Agriculture – Finland)
Possibilities and preconditions of data integration. Experiences in the area of agricultural statistics by one member of the European Union
    Gala Dinner
Thursday 7 June 2001  
  9.30 - 11.00: Plenary session IV
Technological Impact On Data Management
Chair: A. Lindner (OECD)
A. Sorce (ISTAT – Italy)
The Data Warehouse, a modern system for the dissemination of the information
P. Lübkert (OECD)
Information management and dissemination –
Offering access to a comprehensive cross-section of statistical data and meta-data in support of multidisciplinary projects
F. Vogel (NASS / USDA – USA)
The Data Warehouse: a modern system for managing data
A. Giusti (University of Florence – Italy)
First agricultural census in China: data access and dissemination
11.00 - 11.30: Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Advanced Survey Design And Estimation Issues
Chair: G. Cicchitelli (University of Perugia – Italy)
G. Arbia (University of Chieti – Italy)
G. Espa (University of Trento – Italy)
Optimal spatial sampling strategies for agricultural data
JNK Rao (Carleton University – USA)
Small area estimation
V. Verma (ORC International - UK and University of Siena – Italy)
Sample designs for national surveys
Y. Ivanov (Russia)
Agricultural Statistics in the CIS countries
    2. New Technologies And Strategies For Agricultural Data Collection And For Use In Environment Monitoring
Chair: D. Heath (EUROSTAT)
J. L. Weber (Institut Français de L'Environnement IFEN – France)
Macro-level interactions between agriculture and environment -
Integration of statistical and geographical information systems
G. Reichert (Statistics Canada)
Electronic mapping utility – A solution to geographic process
G. Brady (Central Statistical Office – Ireland)
Lower census costs through the use of administrative sources
E. Carfagna (University of Bologna – Italy)
Cost-effectiveness of remote sensing in agricultural and environmental statistics
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
14.30 - 16.00: invited paper Parallel sessions:
    1. Statistical Data Editing: Methods And Software
Chair: C. House (NASS/USDA – USA)
R. Benedetti (ISTAT – Italy)
G. Espa (University of Trento – Italy)
F. Piersimoni (ISTAT – Italy)
Available methods, techniques and software for survey data editing
G. Lee – co-authors (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Generalized significance editing and other innovations at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
D. Desjardins (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Graphical methods in editing
    2. Agricultural Modelling
Chair: J. Karlsson (UN/ECE) 
D. Culver – B. MacGregor (Agri-Food – Canada)
Data needs for modelling sustainable development in the agricultural sector
K. Parris (OECD – Ag. Directorate)
The use of OECD agri-environmental indicators for agricultural policy analysis and projections 
J. Goebel – R. Kellogg (USDA-NRCS – USA)
Using survey data and modelling to assist development of agri-environmental policy
16.00 - 16.30: Coffee break
  16.30 - 17.30: Plenary session V
Conference Synopsis
Friday 8 June 2001  
  9.30 - 10.30: Satellite meeting at Istat (FIVIMS)
Chair: D. Wilcock (FAO)
10.30 - 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00: Satellite meeting (FIVIMS – continued)
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
  14.30 - 16.00: Satellite meeting (FAOSTAT Presentation)
Chair: E. Gillin (FAO)
16.00 - 16.30: Shuttle bus to Airport



Young Statisticians Meeting (April 9-10, 2001)

This conference provides a forum for participants to exchange research ideas, both formally (through oral and poster presentations) and informally (during lunch, dinner and the evening reception). The meeting is intended to foster greater interaction between statisticians working in different fields. Participants in this annual event are career-young statisticians. Typical delegates are either in the final states of their Ph.D. or have been working up to five years as a practising statistician in an academic, industrial or business environment.

To obtain details regarding the conference programme, please visit the following webpage:

The 8th International Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania (23-29 June, 2002)

This conference is being organised by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Vilnius University and the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, which will also serve as the premises for the conference.

Chair of Committee: Professor Vytautas Statulevicius
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
Akademijos str. 4
2600 Vilnius

Scientific Secretary of the Organising Committee:
Dr. Aleksandras Plikusas
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
Akademijos str. 4
2600 Vilnus

Tel.: 370–2–729207
Fax: 370–2–729209

To obtain details about the scientific programme and other practical details, please consult the following webpage:


ISI Committee Matters

ISI Nominations Committee Welcomes Your Proposals

The ISI Nominations Committee, which is responsible for selecting the slate of candidates for the Executive Committee (President Elect and three Vice Presidents), and for eight members of Council, welcomes your suggestions for appropriate future candidates for the next round of ISI elections. The Committee will meet during the Seoul ISI Session to discuss the merits of the various proposals, and to prepare a short list of candidates.

Prof. Yuki Miura


Please send your proposals to the Chair of the Committee:

Prof. Yuki Miura
2-43-12 Kichijoji Higashi-cho
Tokyo 180-0002

telephone +81–422–22–3563
fax +81–422–22–3585


Publications Pocket


Change in STMA Regional Editor

Dr. T. Hayakawa from the Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, has announced that he will step down as STMA regional editor for Japan and Korea. The ISI is grateful to Dr. Hayakawa for his prolific contributions as STMA regional editor, a position that he has diligently fulfilled since September 1981. Dr. R. Shimizu from the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, has kindly succeeded Dr. Hayakawa in this responsibility.

Enhance Your Library at Clearance Prices

The ISI Permanent Office maintains a rather large stock of publications. Items such as Bulletins of past Sessions, Conference Proceedings, Statistics Books, copies of Newsletters and Journals etc., are kept in storage for a long time. Periodically however, this supply is critically reviewed due to our restricted space limitations.

After having conducted an extensive inventory of our publications, we have prepared a list of publications that will be sold at special reduced prices. Proceeds from these sales will be used to help finance the distribution of some of these publications to willing recipients in developing countries (such requests should be directed to the ISI Permanent Office, to be processed on a first come first serve basis as incoming funding allows).

This offer is presently valid only for members of ISI and its Sections, but will be eventually extended to the wider statistical community as supplies allow.

A complete list of all items available will be placed on the website (eventually accessible via later this year, and will be updated regularly.

You may process your orders either by using the publications order form available at our website at or by contacting the ISI Permanent Office via our postal or e-mail address.


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