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The Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical Association announces the competition for the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing Machinery presented its Software System Award to John Chambers for the design and development of S. Dr. Chambers generously donated his award to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an annual prize for statistical software written by, or in collaboration with, an undergraduate or graduate student. The prize carries with it a cash award of $1000.
Teams of up to 3 people can participate in the competition. To be eligible, the team must have designed and implemented a piece of statistical software. At least one individual within the team must have begun the development while a student and must either currently be a student, or have completed all requirements for her/his last degree after January 1, 2015. The award will be given to the student, or split between student team members if the team consists of multiple students.
To apply for the award, teams must provide the following materials:
All materials must be in English. We prefer that electronic text be submitted in Postscript or PDF. The entries will be judged on a variety of dimensions, including the importance and relevance for statistical practice of the tasks performed by the software, ease of use, clarity of description, elegance and availability for use by the statistical community. Preference will be given to those entries that are grounded in software design rather than calculation. The decision of the award committee is final.
All application materials must be received by Tuesday, December 15, 2015 and should be sent to the e-mail address below. The winner will be announced by January 15. The award will be presented at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings, and the winner(s) will be given an opportunity to present their work in a topic-contributed session at the meetings.
Department of Biostatistics
University of Iowa