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Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research Contributions

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This prize recognises a contemporary research contribution, published within the last three decades, that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The prize is sponsored by Elsevier B.V.

 

 

About the Prize

The Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research Contributions is given in honor of the Founders of Statistics. It recognizes a research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications.

The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades. The prize is given biennially, at the ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC). It comprises a cash award of 5,000 euros, and the winner presents the Founders of Statistics Prize Lecture at the WSC. If the contribution has multiple authors, the cash prize will be divided equally. The WSC 2021 will be a virtual congress and no travel support will therefore be provided. Complimentary registration fee is part of the prize.

The ISI is grateful to Elsevier Publishers for sponsoring the prize.

2023 Founders of Statistics Prize: Call for submissions

The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades. 

The prize comprises:

  • A monetary award of 5,000 euros, and the winner presents the Founders of Statistics Session at the WSC. If the contribution has multiple authors, the cash prize will be divided equally,
  • An economy class return ticket to the ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC). Travel support will only be provided for one of the authors to attend the WSC and present the lecture.
  • Per diem to cover accommodation, meal and incidental expenses.
  • Complementary registration fee is part of the prize.

Submission of nominations

Nominations for the Founders of Statistics Prize can be submitted online. 

Previous winner of the prize

Professor Michael L. Stein
WINNER OF THE 2023 FOUNDERS OF STATISTICS PRIZE
2023: Professor Michael L. Stein

Michael L. Stein, a distinguished professor has been awarded the 2023 Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research. 

Stein’s book, “Interpolation of Spatial Data: Some Theory for Kriging" published by Springer Series in Statistics in 1999, has had and continues to have a profound impact on spatial statistics, most prominently in theory, but also methodology and applications. Its influence extends beyond spatial statistics into other areas in which Gaussian processes are prominently used, including machine learning and computer experiments. Despite being
published over 20 years ago, references to the book, currently more than 4000 citations, are at their peak and have even increased in each of the last 4 years. It is broadly cited not just in the statistics and machine learning literatures, but also in a wide range of scholarly journals in disciplines including the geosciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, marketing, ecology and epidemiology. This book has fundamentally transformed spatial statistics and statistical applications of Gaussian processes, and its far-reaching impact will continue for years to come. It richly deserves the recognition of ISI Founders of Statistics Prize.

The Prize is awarded every two years through the sponsorship of Elsevier Publishers. The Founders of Statistics Prize for Contemporary Research Contributions is given in honor of the Founders of Statistics. It recognizes a research contribution that has had profound influence on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The contribution must be a research article or book published within the last three decades.
Michael L. Stein received the prize in July 2023 at the 64 th International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress in Ottawa, Canada.

Robert Tibshirani
Winner of the 2021 Founders of Statistics Prize
2021: Professor Robert Tibshirani

He is selected as the recipient of the 2021 ISI Founders of Statistics Prize for his 1996 paper on ‘Regression Shrinkage and Selection via the LASSO’, published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, pp. 267-288. Robert Tibshirani is Professor of Biomedical Science and Statistics at Stanford University.

The Lasso paper (Tibshirani, 1996) has had 37,360 citations as of late January 2021 indicating its wide influence across statistics, data science, computer science and broadly in Science, Business and Economics. As we are faced with large and more complex data sets, the Lasso will continue to provide the basic underpinning for developments to handle such data. One reason for the paper’s impact is the clarity with which the paper is written with thorough and clear explanations of the method both analytically and geometrically. In statistics, biostatistics and machine learning, the Lasso (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) is a regression analysis method that performs both variable selection and regularization in order to enhance the prediction accuracy and interpretability of the resulting statistical model. The Lasso is really the cornerstone of many modern methods of statistics and data science.

The contribution recognized by the Founders of Statistics Prize must be a research article or book published within the last three decades. Each Founders of Statistics (formerly known as Karl Pearson Prize) Award selection committee comprises renowned statisticians from across the world. The prize is given biennially, at the ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC), starting with the WSC in Hong Kong in August 2013. ISI is grateful to Elsevier Publishers for their ongoing sponsorship of the Prize.