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May 2005

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Annual Election for Board of Directors

An election ballot for the 2005-2006 program year of the Washington Statistical Society Board of Directors will be held from May 9, 2005 through June 3, 2005. Results will be announced at the WSS Annual Dinner. The candidates are:

President
Jill Montaquila (Westat)
Carol House (USDA)

Methodology Chair
Donald Malec (Census)
Partha Lahiri (University of Maryland, JPSM)

At-Large Member of the Board
Nell Sedransk (NIST)
Barry Nussbaum (EPA)
Larry Cox (NCHS)
Nancy_Bates (Census)

Secretary
Tom Broene (EIA)
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
Be A Poster Judge

Its time again for judging this year's WSS Posters. Every year the ASA holds a poster competition among school children in grades K-12. In cooperation with the ASA, WSS will be awarding local prizes for the competition in the Washington DC Metro Area.

The local posters will be judged this Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 12:30pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. We are looking for volunteers to judge as well as help coordinate the judging process. Please contact Ryan Petska (Ryan.Petska@ey.com) or Archana Joshee (Archana.Joshee@ey.com) if you are interested in helping out and we will provide you with the details. You may also find out more about the competition by visiting Poster and Project Competitions on the ASA website.

Location for judging (Dupont Circle Metro Stop):
1225 Connecticut Avenue., NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Second Conference on Information and Entropy Econometrics
Theory, Method, and Applications in Honor of George Judge

September 23-25, 2005
American University, Washington DC

Conference Objectives: This conference will (i) study and explore Information-Theoretic (IT) solutions for linear and nonlinear estimation and inference problems, (ii) facilitate the exchange of research ideas in that field, (iii) promote collaboration among researchers from different disciplines, and (iv) highlight the major trends in Information and Entropy Econometrics.

The Second IEE Conference will concentrate on the most recent (theoretical and applied) research in linear and non-linear IT and entropic procedures (Bayesian and non- Bayesian), with emphasis on modeling and measuring information. In addition, the conference will deal with the interpretations and meaning of the solutions to IT estimation and inference (e.g., statistical meaning, complexity and efficiency as well as informational meaning). Both theory and innovative applied papers will be included. Conference topics include theory and methods and applications in various fields. The deadline for submitting a paper for presentation is April 30, 2005. The registration deadline is to be determined.

Program and Advisory Committee: Anil Bera, U. Illinois; Bertrand Clarke, UBC; Amos Golan, American U. (Chair); Alastair Hall, NCState; Yuichi Kitamura, Yale; Essie Maasoumi, SMU; Eric Renault, UNC at Chapel Hill; Ehsan Soofi, U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Michael Stutzer, U. Colorado-Boulder; Arnold Zellner, U. Chicago.

For additional and updated information about the conference, please look at the conference Web page at http://www.american.edu/cas/econ/faculty/golan/conference2.htm or contact Amos Golan at agolan@american.edu.

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SIGSTAT Topics for 2005

May 11, 2005 - PROC QLIM - Qualitative and Limited Dependent Variable Models, Speaker: Charlie Hallahan

The QLIM (Qualitative and Limited dependent variable Model) procedure analyzes univariate and multivariate limited dependent variable models where dependent variables take discrete values or dependent variables are observed only in a limited range of values. This procedure includes logit, probit, tobit, and general simultaneous equations models. The simultaneous equations model can contain discrete choice and limited endogenous variables as well as continuous endogenous variables. Charlie Hallahan will be the speaker.

SIGSTAT is the Special Interest Group in Statistics for the CPCUG, the Capital PC User Group, and WINFORMS, the Washington Institute for Operations Research Service and Management Science.

All meetings are in Room S3031 (Food Safety and Nutrition Room), 1800 M St, NW from 12:30 to 1:30. Enter the South Tower and take the elevator to the 3rd floor to check in at the guard's desk.

First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan, 202-694-5051, hallahan@ers.usda.gov and leave their name. Directions to the building and many links of statistical interest can be found at the SIGSTAT website, www.cpcug.org/user/sigstat/

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Changed Your Email Address?

If your email address has changed, please notify us. Send your new address and your old address to Vince Massimini at svm@mitre.org. If you are an ASA member, you should also notify the ASA. You can update your email address on-line through the Members Only feature on the ASA web page (www.amstat.org). You will need your six-digit ASA member ID, which is printed on the label of your ASA journals and Amstat News.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the Summer WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than July 12, 2005. E-mail items to Michael Feil at michael.feil@usda.gov.

The biographical information of the candidates for the Board of Directors will appear in the May issue.

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Click here to see the WSS Board Listing (pdf)
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