The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize. The standard of submissions was very high and we would like to thank all those who entered.
For the first time in the Prize’s history, we have awarded a joint first place prize. Two papers stood out on scientific/strategic merit, originality, applicability in statistical offices and quality of exposition.
The first place winners will present their papers at a mutually agreed international conference. Winning papers are also eligible to be published in a future issue of the SJIAOS.
The IAOS would like to congratulate the winners and thank all entrants. We also thank the International Judging panel for their efforts.
The four winning papers and their authors are:
Joint First Place winners
- Ms. Joanne Yoon (Statistics Canada): Classifying Respondent Comments from the 2021 Canadian Census of Population using Machine Learning Methods
- Mr. Nelson Chua and Mr. Benjamin Long (Australian Bureau of Statistics): It’s time to build a small area estimation methodology for time-to-event data
- Mr. Ryan Covey (Australian Bureau of Statistics): Integrating Big Data and Survey Data for Efficient Estimation of the Median
- Dr. Alba Cervantes Loreto (Statistics New Zealand): Modelling self-identification of Māori businesses in Aotearoa New Zealand
Special Commendation for a paper from a developing nation
- Mr. Benjamin C.H. Chan, Mr. Ian Y.C. Ng and Ms. Natalie K.P. Chung (Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong, China): Anomaly Detection in Trade Declarations using Deep Learning Techniques: A Risk-assessment Approach to Identify Misclassification and Incorrect Valuation
Our congratulations to:
- Statistics Canada for winning first place for the fourth year in a row
- Australian Bureau of Statistics for their second first place since the Prize started in 2011 and for winning both first and second place in 2023. Australia has the most winning submissions with 10 overall – two first, four
second and four third place prizes.
- Statistics New Zealand for winning third place. New Zealand has six prize winning submissions – one first, one second and four third.
- The Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong for their first special commendation prize.