The Official Newsletter of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association
May 2018
In This Issue
May 8, 2018  
East Bank Club 
500 N Kingsbury Chicago 

Connecting Statistical Output to Microsoft Word: A Practical Approach to Reproducibility

Leah Welty and Abigail Baldridge
Department of Preventive Medicine
 Northwestern University
Reproducibility, wherein data analysis and documentation is sufficient so that results can be recomputed or verified, is an increasingly important component of statistical practice. "Weaving" tools such as R Markdown facilitate reproducibility by combining narrative text and analysis code in one plain-text document, but are of limited use when manuscripts or reports must be generated in Microsoft Word (e.g. due to journal requirements or client preference). This talk will: (1) summarize how weaving tools create Word documents, and the ensuing limitations; and (2) introduce an alternate approach using recently released StatTag software. StatTag is free, open-source software that embeds results (values, tables, figures, or verbatim output) from R, SAS, or Stata directly in Word such that they can be automatically updated if code or data changes. This talk will include an overview of reproducible research, recommend best practices, and discuss software for weaving approaches as well as showcase StatTag.
President's Letter

Thank you to all those who attended the April Workshop on GUIDE classification and regression trees. In paraphrasing Dr. Wei-Yin Loh's remark about the significance of learning this method from him, he likened the experience as "learning Pythagorean theorem from Pythagoras." I can certainly affirm this statement and hope that all the attendees shared the same enthusiasm as mine. If you have any suggestions about next year's workshop topic, please send me an email with your ideas as we take your comments seriously in planning for future events.

We are thrilled to announce the slate for the 2018--2019 academic calendar:
President-Elect: Julie Schmidt
President: Adam McElhinney
Past President: Kwang-Youn Kim
Secretary: Richard Smiley
VP Communications: John VanderPloeg
VP Conferences: Mary Kwasny
VP Luncheons: Don Patchell
VP Membership: Veena Mendiratta
VP Publicity: Sang Mee Lee
VP Treasurer: Gerry Funk
VP Workshop: Joe DeCosmo
Historian: Ed Hirschland
ASA Council of Reps: Steve Olson
At large directors:
Anthony Babinec
Larry Hedges
Joseph Retzer
Borko Jovanovic
We look forward to seeing you at the May luncheon event.
Respectfully yours,
Kwang-Youn Kim, PhD 
2018 Statistical Advocate of the Year award Dinner: Tuesday June 19, 2018
Prof David B. Allison is being awarded the 2018 Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year for distinguished and longstanding contributions in sound methodology, research integrity, and clear exposition of complex statistical concepts, especially in the globally important fields of nutrition and obesity.
Please join us in recognizing Dr. Allison at the award dinner on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60610.
Click here to register.
Dean, Indiana University School of Public Health
Announcement:  7th Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health
 Registration is now open for the Seventh Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health, to be held June 7-8, 2018, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago. This event continues and expands upon the Annual Symposium on Statistics in Psychiatry that started in 1999 with participants from Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Cornell University and is jointly sponsored by the universities and the Mental Health Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association.
The conference will consist of 8 invited talks with discussion. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Tyler VanderWeele, Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Abstracts are now being accepted for a poster session on statistical methodology or applied research in the area of mental health are. Consider presenting your work at the symposium.
Prof Juned Siddique
Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Organizer, 7th Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health