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SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

SASA Conference 2011

September 2014 SASA newsletter generously sponsored by UNISA

The mission of the Association is to facilitate advancement of statistical knowledge and promote applications of statistical theory in all spheres of life and hence contribute positively to the development of South Africa
The Association shall strive to accomplish this mission:

  • by creating a forum for attracting and nurturing statisticians in South Africa, and advancing their interests;
  • by actively participating in appropriate processes and structures which impact on the South African society;
  • by promoting public understanding of those statistical concepts which enhance critical faculties and effective citizenship, and fostering public appreciation of sound statistical practice;
  • by being accessible to, and supportive of, the users of statistics in the broader community; and
  • by actively cooperating with organisations and societies associated with disciplines that are broadly related to statistics.

The Association will give financial and other support for research into statistical theory and its applications; will arrange an annual conference and will give guidance to members by means of the SASA NEWSLETTER, the official newsletter, and by making available to members the SOUTH AFRICAN STATISTICAL JOURNAL, the official journal, and/or any other publication; and will in general carry out in a judicious and organised manner any function or act in pursuance of and promoting the above goals.

 

Note: SASA does not have collections of statistical data. Please contact StatsSA if you are looking for South African statistics. 

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Announcements

First Announcement: 2015 SASA Conference

First Announcement: 2015 SASA Conference
Details

Seminar at WITS: 21 May 2015 12:15

School of Statistics and Actuarial Science
SEMINAR
Title: Principal Components Regression and Canonical Correlation Analysis in Climate and Weather Forecasting
Speaker:  Dr Simon Mason (International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University), Dr Willem Landman (SA Weather Bureau) and Stephanie Landman (CSIR)
Abstract:     
 
Principal components regression and canonical correlation analysis are well-suited for making seasonal climate forecasts either in the context of using purely empirical models, or as a means of downscaling outputs from so-called "dynamical" models, which are based on equations representing the physics of the atmosphere.
A tool has been developed to make these statistical methods easily applicable to operational seasonal forecasters, and the tool is currently used extensively by National Meteorological Services and other forecasting and research centres around the world.
In South Africa this Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) has, until recently, been used mostly for downscaling global model forecasts for SADC rainfall and temperatures, and to recalibrate ENSO forecasts. Lately, the CPT has been used for developing operational fog forecasting models, applications models for seasonal crop yields and river flows and downscaling climate change projections. 
Examples of these models and their verification will be presented, followed by some questions to encourage discussion about how to improve on the statistical techniques used to make forecasts.
 
 
Date: 21 May 2015                                                                                Venue: Maths & Science Building
                                                                                                               Room 125 (1st floor), west campus
Time: 12h15 – 13h00                                                                         Enquiries: Edith Thamage
                                                                                                               Tel: 011 717 6272
                                                                                                                  E-mail: edith.thamage@wits.ac.za

[CoE-MaSS-All] Early Career Writing Fellowships for 2015

[CoE-MaSS-All] Early Career Writing Fellowships for 2015
This is a great opportunity for recently qualified postgraduate students to dedicate time to write up a peer-reviewed publication from their recently completed degree and allow them to see another research institution in action. We hope that this opportunity will contribute to the advancement of mathematical and statistical science research around the country by increasing student mobility and research outputs, whilst simultaneously fostering new research collaborations and strengthening old ones.
Please forward this Call for Applications to all interested parties at your Institutions so that they are aware of this funding opportunity. Application Form

StatsSA Multi dimensional poverty workshop

StatsSA Multi dimensional poverty workshop
Professor Sabina Alkire from Oxford university and her team will be conducting a three day technical workshop on multi dimensional poverty in Stellenbosch on 30 June to 2 July 2015. 
On 29 June Stats SA will host the Isibalo symposium where there will also be a work stream on multidimensional poverty.. 

If you  are working on poverty analysis and would to benefit from these workshops Please advise how we can identify people who are working on poverty please contact Dr Naioo aruln@statssa.gov.za 
 
The workshops and symposium are free of charge, but the delegates need to arrange their own transport. Stats SA could assist with 
accommodation. 

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