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The San Diego Chapter of the American Statistical Association

 seeks to sponsor educational, professional, and scientific

 activities that benefit professional statisticians, students

of statistics, and the San Diego Community at large. 


Spring Roundtable: Big Data!

Speaker:   Dr. Yoav Freund
Topic:         “Big Data and Statistics, A Better Union?”
Date:          April 22, 2014
Time:         6-8:30 pm
Location:  Pfizer, La Jolla
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Food and drink will be served.  Register with Vivian, let her know how many people are coming and if any are vegetarians.  There is no cost to you to attend. 

At the beginning of the 90's, data sets with 10,000 instances and 100 dimensions were considered "big". In 2014, data sets with a million examples and a million dimensions (sparsely populated) are common. This massive change in scale requires a reformulation of the basic tools of data analysis. On the data management side we have hdfs/hadoop, column based databases and distributed databases. On the statistical analysis level we have stochastic gradient descent, support vector machines, boosting and compressed sensing.  Much progress has taken place on each side of the statistics / data management fence but integration of the two sides is still lagging. In this talk I will briefly review the current state of affairs and describe some of the work taking place in UCSD.

Yoav Freund is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. His work is in the area of machine learning, computational statistics and their applications. Dr. Freund is an internationally known researcher in the field of machine learning, a field which bridges computer science and statistics. He is best known for his joint work with Dr. Robert Schapire on the Adaboost algorithm. For this work they were awarded the 2003 Gödel prize in Theoretical Computer Science, as well as the Kanellakis Prize in 2004.  His webpage can be found

Contact Patricia at 858 952 4396 the day of the event for directions or other issues.


Hands-on Data Mining Training

Friday, April 25 in San Diego

 More information: http://hub.am/1s905PX

**Interested in Other Locations or Online Training?   You may also use the above link to tell us where.

Cost: $35 (includes free 90-day access to the SPM Salford Predictive Modeler technology)


Data Mining Quickstart

  • 9:30am-10:00am -- Breakfast
  • 10:00am-11:00am -- Introduction to Data Mining
  • 11:00am-12:00pm -- Case Study Examples
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm -- Lunch (provided)

Hands-On Technical Session (Bring your own laptop)

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm


Why you should attend:

  • Get step-by-step instruction for the most popular data mining techniques used in predictive analytics including decision trees, classification, segmentation, non-linear regression, ensemble methods, boosted decision trees, etc.
  • Walk away with everything you will need to start your own data mining projects.
  • Be ready to apply your new data mining knowledge at your organization to create immediate value.
  • All attendees receive 90-day access to the SPM Salford Predictive Modeler technology.
  • Salford Systems' Training Seminars offer crystal clear instruction and a wealth of real-world consulting experience. This seminar will provide a great opportunity to use data mining technology and to understand how to apply data mining to your business and/or research needs.

San Diego Location: San Diego Training and Conference Center, 350 Tenth Ave., Suite 950, San Diego, CA 92101 

Please contact me if you should have any questions.

Lisa Solomon


(619) 543-8880 x109



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We are seeking nominations for Treasurer and Secretary.  Please contact Vivian or Patricia (current secretary and treasurer) if you need more information.  If you would like to run, contact any officer. 


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April 2014:  The latest newsletter from the World of Statistics is here.

February 2014: Due to the success of the International Year of Statistics, Statistics2013 now becomes the World of Statistics

October 2013:  There is a Give It Your Best Shot photo contest for grades 7-12. Also, the latest newsletter is available here.

May 2013: The results for the Video Contest are in.  You can find the May newsletter

December, 2012: The International Year of Statistics video, Improving Human Welfare in 2013 International Year of Statistics, is now available to view.  The video was created by SAS Institute, and it portrays the many ways statistics affects our lives. 

October 2012: The SDASA is proud to announce it is participating in the International Year of Statistics 2013, a worldwide celebration of the contributions of statistical science to the advancement of our global society.

 More than 700 organizations—universities, research institutes, high schools, professional societies, government agencies and businesses—in nearly 100 countries are joining to celebrate and promote the importance of statistical science to the science community, businesses, governments, the news media, policymakers, employers, students and the public.

 During this yearlong celebration, The SDASA and hundreds of other participating organizations around the world will be:

  1. Increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of our society
  2. Nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among high-school and college students
  3. Promoting creativity and developmetn in the sciences of probability and statistics
Be sure to visit the Statistics2013 website in the months ahead to learn more about how Statistics helps shape your everyday life.

2014 Joint Statistical Meetings
August 2-7, 2014
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210



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There are a few statistical bloggers around the world who are listed below (in alphabetical order.)  If you know of any others, please let Patricia English know and she will update the links here.

John Johnson from Registrat-Mapi posts include statistics, clinical trials, and the scientific process. 

Yossi Levy blogs about statistics in Hebrew. 

Sanjay Matange of SAS blogs on data visualization with a focus on SAS ODS.

Naomi Robbins, graphic displays expert, blogs on effective graphics.       

David Smith of Revolution R posts daily on topics of interest to R users, including R and statistics. 

Rick Wicklin of SAS posts about SAS including code. 

The statsblogs.com  site is a compilation of statistics blogs; some of the above bloggers are included on this site but there are many others.



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    Pamela Craven

    American Statistical Association
    Alexandria, VA
    United States

    2055 Points

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    Ronald Wasserstein

    American Statistical Association
    Alexandria, VA
    United States

    988 Points

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    Steve Pierson

    American Statistical Association
    Alexandria, VA
    United States

    807 Points

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    Su Chen

    University of Memphis
    Memphis, TN
    United States

    609 Points