News about activities of the Washington Statistical Society
A Chapter of the American Statistical Association

April 1998



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Open Board Meeting

You are invited to the June WSS Board of Directors Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 1998; 12:30 pm, in the BLS Cognitive Lab, Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Avenue. If you are interested in attending, for security purposes, you must submit your name to Elizabeth Nichols ( prior to the meeting.

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Presentation Postponement

The April 22 presentation by David Binder, "Longitudinal surveys: Why are they different from all other surveys?," is postponed to a later date.

To find out more about this and other seminar, please visit our seminars page.

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Statistics Team Project Competition

Schools nationwide are gearing up to meet the 1998 ASA poster and project competitions' April 15 deadline.

Open to students K-12 in the United States and Canada, the purpose of the poster is to tell a statistical story visually, to illustrate conclusions that can be drawn from data. Prizes totaling $200 may be given in each of four categories in the poster contest: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winning entrants' schools will receive plaques signifying the honor. Honorable Mention certificates may be awarded also.

The Statistics Team Project Competition encourages students in grades 4-12 to work in teams of two to six persons to discover the scope and applicability of techniques in statistics.

To submit entries or to receive a contest application, contact Sue Kulesher at the ASA, 1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3402 or visit the ASA website at

Entries for both contests must be postmarked by the April 15 deadline. Winners will be notified by June 15, for the poster contest, August 30 for the project competition.

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SIGSTAT Meetings

The April meeting of SIGSTAT on the 8th features a demo of AutoBox, a time-series forecasting package that includes an expert system to automatically select an optimum ARIMA model. It can also estimate Transfer Function models.

The May meeting of SIGSTAT on the 13th features a demo of the SAS Analyst Application, a point-and-click interface for performing basic statistical analysis in SAS. The application computes summary and descriptive statistics, fits ANOVA and regression models, produces histograms and box-and-whiskers plots, and performs a variety of hypotheses tests and sample size and power computations not otherwise availabe in SAS.

The June meeting of SIGSTAT on the 17th (Note June's meeting is on the 3rd Wednesday) features a demonstration of two products from Ward Systems, the developer of the neural network software NeuroShell. Easy Predictor/Easy Classifier are designed for users with no previous experience with neural networks. Easy Predictor treats neural networks with a continuous output while Easy Classifier deals with categorical outputs. Instead of manuals each product comes with an online *Instructor* to guide the user through the process of building a neural network.

All SIGSTAT meeting are held in Waugh A on the 3rd floor of 1800 M St, NW. Directions to the meetings and a full schedule can be found on the SIGSTAT website First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan at 202-694-5051 or to leave your name for admittance to the building.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editors

Items for publication in June 1998 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later April 28, 1998. E-mail items to [Michael Feil] or [Fran Chevarley]. FAX items to Michael Feil at (301) 443-4045.

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WSS People

Graham Kalton (301) 251-8253
Past President
Phillip Kott (703) 235-5211 ext. 102
Dwight Brock (301) 496-9795
Elizabeth Nichols (301) 457-4865
Carolyn Shettle (301) 215-1500

Vice Chair for District 2 of
Council of Chapters

Andrew A. White (202) 334-2511
Council of Chapters Representative
Ron Fecso (703) 306-1780 ext. 6906.
N. Clyde Tucker (202) 606-7371
Sandra West (202) 606-7384
Alan R. Tupek (703) 306-1780
David Marker (301) 251-4398

WSS Program Chairs
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Bill Iwig (202) 720-3895
Stan Freedman (202) 426-1099
Linda Atkinson (202) 219-0934
Art Kennickell (202) 452-2247
Karol Krotki (202) 944-5243
Brenda Cox (202) 484-4231
Public Health and Biostatistics
Trena Ezzati-Rice (301) 436-7022 ext. 133
Rene Gonin (301) 517-8084
Public Policy
Carolee Bush (202) 366-6946
Phil Ross (202) 260-5244
Quality Assurance
Amrut Champaneri (202) 690-3130
Glenn White (202) 327-6414
Statistical Computing
Bob Jernigan (202) 885-3170
Mike Fleming (703) 235-5213 ext. 170
Social & Demographic Statistics
Michael Horrigan (202) 606-5905
Edith McArthur (202) 219-1442
Short Courses
Roberta Sangster (202) 606-7517
Fritz Scheuren (703) 549-1120
Data Collection Methods
Brad Edwards (301) 294-2021
Linda Stinson (202) 606-7528

Bill Arends (202) 720-6812
WSS NEWS Editors
Michael Feil (301) 443-4234
Fran Chevarley (301) 436-7093 ext. 153
Electronic Mail
Michael L. Cohen (202) 334-3765
Michael Greene (703) 247-1575
S.V. (Vince) Massimini (703) 883-5893
Renee Miller (202) 426-1117
Antionette Martin 202) 426-1110
Fritz Scheuren (703) 549-1120
Quantitative Literacy
Carolyn Carroll (703) 352-1712
Science Fair
Lee Abramson (301) 415-6180
Mel Kollander (202) 973-2820
Social Arrangements
Jill Montaquila (301) 517-4046
Local Arrangement
Wendy Rotz (202) 874-0969
WSS Historian
Michael P. Cohen (202) 219-1917
WSS Committee on ASA Fellows
Brenda Cox (202) 484-4231

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