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LSE statistics professor awarded prestigious medal

Professor Howell Tong, professor of statistics at LSE, has been awarded the Guy Medal in Silver, by the Royal Statistical Society.

Professor Tong receives the award in recognition of his important contributions to time series analysis, in particular for his fundamental and influential paper Threshold Autoregression, Limit Cycles and Cyclical Data, which paved the way for a major body of work in non-linear time series modelling.

Named after the distinguished statistician, William Guy FRS, the Guy Medals are intended to encourage the cultivation of statistics in their scientific aspects. There are three medals; gold, silver and bronze - the gold medal is normally awarded every three years and the silver and bronze medals are awarded every year.

Professor Tong said: 'It is a great honour to be awarded this medal, which I accept with all humility especially when I look at the list of past recipients. I feel that I am particularly lucky in being able to benefit from two cultures in more sense than one, and having a wonderful group of young collaborators and colleagues both inside and outside LSE as well as a most supportive wife.'

Professor Qiwei Yao, head of the Statistics Department at LSE, said: 'Howell Tong is an acknowledged world leader in non-linear time series analysis. His threshold autoregressive model has wide applications in, among others, ecology, population dynamics, finance, economics, medical science and hydrology. I am delighted that Howell is now among the recipients of this prestigious award, which is a fitting tribute to his path-breaking contribution.'

Professor Tong currently teaches topics in advanced econometrics, time series analysis and nonlinear time series at LSE. He has previously been awarded the National Natural Science Prize by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Distinguished Research Achievement Award by the University of Hong Kong and has written and contributed to a number of books and papers.

The award will be presented at the annual general meeting of the Royal Statistical Society on Wednesday 4 July.


1 March 2007