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JouniKuha|More of us are heading down social ladder, new research shows

A study by Oxford University and LSE shows that, contrary to what is widely supposed, there has been no decline in social mobility in Britain over recent decades but more of us are moving down rather than up the social ladder. The study looked at a total of more than 20,000 British men and women in four birth cohorts from 1946, 1958, 1970 and 1980-84.

‘The mobility problem in Britain: New findings from analysis of birth cohort data’|, by Associate Professor Erzsébet Bukodi, Dr John Goldthorpe and Dr Lorraine Waller of Oxford University, with Dr Jouni Kuha| (LSE, departments of Methodology and Statistics), is published in the early online issue of the British Journal of Sociology on Thursday 6 November 2014.

The researchers used data from the National Survey of Health and Development (1946), the National Child Development Study (1958), the British Cohort Study (1970) and the UK Household Longitudinal Study (1980-84).

Posted 7 November 2014


IriniIrini Moustaki to assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of Psychometrika

With effect from 1 November 2014 Professor Irini Moustaki| takes up the post of Editor-in-Chief of Psychometrika|, the scientific journal of the Psychometric Society. This post is for a period of four years.

Posted 22 October 2014


MyrsiniKESRC future research leaders fellowship awarded to Dr Myrsini Katsikatsou

The department is delighted to announced that Dr Myrsini Katsikatsou| has been awarded an ESRC future research leaders fellowship, total value £242,870. The research project, "Methods of analysis and inference for social survey data within the framework of latent variable modelling and pairwise likelihood", will start on 1 October 2014 for a period of 36 months.

Dr Katsikatsou is currently the research officer on the NCRM/ESRC research grant "Item nonresponse and measurement error in cross-national surveys: methods of data collection and analysis" held by Dr Jouni Kuha|.

Posted 18 July 2014


Themed edition of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics)

Dr Jouni Kuha| and Professor Irini Moustaki| have collaborated as guest associate editors to produce a special themed edition of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), volume 63 (2), pages 191-360, February 2014|. Originating in a two-day conference on social statistics| at the LSE in December 2011, organised by Professor Moustaki to honour the scientific contributions of Professor Emeritus David J Bartholomew|, the papers in this edition represent a wider range of styles than is usual for the journal.

Posted: 18 March 2014


Professor Marc Yor (1949 - 2014)

We are deeply saddened to report that Professor Marc Yor has died. He was liked and respected by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Our condolences are extended to his family.

Marc Yor made pioneering contributions to research on stochastic processes and their applications in financial mathematics. He had been a professor at Paris VI since 1981 and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Statistics at LSE.

Posted : 10 January 2014


New editor for RSS Series B journal

Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz| has been appointed joint editor of Series B (Statistical Methodology) of the Royal Statistical Society's journal, from the beginning of 2014. He succeeds Gareth Roberts, Professor of Statistics at the University of Warwick.

You can read more about this appointment here|.

Posted: 6 December 2013


Worshipful Company of Actuaries Lecture

On Friday 29th November 2013 our annual Special Guest Lecture in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Actuaries took place.  This year's lecture "Bridging Actuarial and Financial Pricing in a Changing Economy" was given by Ken Siu, Professor of Actuarial Science at Cass Business School City University. Congratulations to Jiawen Wu (pictured) who won a £300 prize.

Posted: 4 December 2013


Honorary doctorate

 Professor Irini Moustaki| has been appointed an honorary doctor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University|.

Professor Moustaki is in expert in latent variable models and structural equation models. These are widely used in social sciences and educational testing for measuring and connecting unobserved constructs such as attitudes, health status, behaviours, intelligence, performance, etc.  Her methodological work includes treatment of missing data, longitudinal data, detection of outliers, goodness-of-fit tests and advanced estimation methods. Professor Moustaki has also made methodological and applied contributions in the areas of comparative cross-national studies and epidemiological studies on rare diseases.

In 2008, Professor Moustaki co-authored the book Analysis of Multivariate Social Science Data  with David Bartholomew, Fiona Steele and Jane Galbraith. This provides a non-mathematical treatment of advanced statistical techniques for social scientists and in 2011 she joined as a co-author and published the third edition of the seminal book on Latent Variable Models and Factor Analysis: a unified Approach  with David Bartholomew and Martin Knott. She is associate editor for two of the leading journals in her area: Psychometrika and the Journal of Educational and Behavioural Statistics.

The conferment ceremony will take place at Uppsala University in January 2014.

Posted; 3 December 2013


Future of the Census

 Professor Chris Skinner| has led an independent review of the methodology underlying the options for the future of the Census, on behalf of the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A Census has taken place in Great Britain since 1801. Options set out in a recent public consultation| by the ONS could lead to a radical departure in England and Wales from the traditional approach that has obtained information on all individuals every 10 years until 2011.

In a report published on 1 November 2013 Professor Skinner and his team, which included Michael Murphy|, Professor of Demography at LSE, and demographic consultant John Hollis, explain that although results of ONS research to date are promising, the case for replacement of the traditional census model by the more radical option - combining administrative data with compulsory annual surveys - had not yet been established.

They conclude that a number of methodological challenges that had been identified would need first to be addressed if this option is to be pursued.

The team’s full report can be found on the ONS website|. An associated statement from the Royal Statistical Society can be found here|.

Posted: 7 November 2013


Appointment of Visiting Professor

We are pleased to announce that Professor Soumendra Nath Lahiri, North Carolina State University|, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Statistics for a period of three years, with effect from 1 June 2013. 

Posted: 30 May 2013


LSE SU Student-Led Teaching Award

 We are delighted to announce that Dr Kostas Kardaras|, a Reader in our Risk & Stochastics group, is one of five winners of the 2013 LSE Students' Union Student-Led Teaching Awards. Duncan McKenna, the Education Officer in the LSE Students' Union, wrote, when announcing the awards, "We asked students to highlight teachers for this award, students were asked to highlight those teachers who had shown exceptional commitment to the teaching of their students, those who had expended their knowledge beyond the classroom and had a profound effect on their lives and their time at the LSE through teaching creative, incisively and through creating opportunities for them in the wider world." The other four winners were Ernestina Coast (Social Policy), Robin Mills (International History), Lijing Shi (Language Centre) and Christopher Blunt (Philosophy).

Posted: 16 May 2013


Guy Medal in Bronze awarded to Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz

The department is very pleased to announce that Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz| has been awarded the Guy Medal in Bronze by the Royal Statistical Society. Named after the physician and medical statistician William Augustus Guy, FRS, this award acknowledges Professor Fryzlewicz's significant contribution to time series research as the originator of the Haar-Fisz transform, in particular for his two papers, Haar-Fisz estimation of evolutionary wavelet spectra| and GOES-8 X-ray sensor variance stabilization using the multiscale data-driven Haar-Fisz transform|, published in the Society's journals in 2006 and 2007.

Posted: 1 March 2013


Royal Statistical Society Research Prize

We are delighted to announce that Dr Haeran Cho| has been awarded the Royal Statistical Society Research Prize for her contribution to the paper High-dimensional variable selection via tilting|, co-authored with Professor Piotr Fryzlewicz, and to other published work on the methodology and applications of statistics. Dr Cho is a postdoctoral research officer, working with Professor Qiwei Yao of our Time Series group.

Posted: 1 March 2013


London Mathematical Finance Seminar Series Gets Under Way

 The London Mathematical Finance Seminar Series| was successfully launched on 25 October 2012, with talks by Nizar Touzi and Alexander Schied. The seminar was attended by an large audience of practitioners and members of universities across London.

This new initiative is a joint seminar series organised by a partnership of the mathematical finance groups of several London-based universities. The seminar series aims to bring the mathematical finance community in London closer together and provides a platform where both academics and practitioners are invited to discuss recent advances in the field. All are welcome to attend! 

The seminar usually takes place bi-weekly on Thursdays from 4-7pm, with two talks per meeting.

The location of the seminar will alternate between all participating institutions. The Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics at LSE have the pleasure to host the seminar series in Michaelmas Term 2012. King’s College London will host the series in Lent Term 2013.   

Full details of the seminar series can be found here|. The local organisers for the seminar series are Dr Luitgard Veraart| in the Department of Mathematics and Dr Hao Xing| in the Department of Statistics.

Posted: 26 October 2012


ICSA Distinguished Achievement award to be made to Professor Emeritus Howell Tong

 The Department of Statistics is delighted to announce that Professor Emeritus Howell Tong has been selected as a recipient of the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) Distinguished Achievement award. This award honours his achievements and leadership in statistical research, education and statistical applications.

Howell joined LSE as Professor of Statistics in 1999. He is of particular renown for his pioneering work in non-linear time series.

The award will be presented at the Members Meetings at the JSM in San Diego on 1 August 2012.

Posted: 4 July 2012


Professor James Durbin (1923-2012)

The Department of Statistics is extremely saddened to report the death of Professor Emeritus James Durbin, who passed away on Saturday 23 June 2012, at the age of 88 years. Professor Durbin was a distinguished member of our department for nearly 40 years, joining LSE in 1950 and staying with us until his retirement in 1988. The recipient of the Guy Medal in Gold in 2008, he will be remembered for his considerable contributions to statistics, econometrics and time series analysis.

Details of a memorial event will follow shortly.

An obituary written by Professor Siem Jan Koopman for the Royal Statistical Society can be read here|. Siem Jan is a former colleague of our department and is now Professor of Econometrics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Posted: 25 June 2012


LSE Teaching Prizes 2012

On Tuesday the 22nd May 2012 the Teaching and Learning Centre celebrated LSE’s teaching with the presentation of teaching prizes. We are proud to announce that staff from the Department of Statistics were among the prize winners. Dr Erik Baurdoux was presented with a Major Review Award by the Pro-Director of Teaching and Learning, Professor Janet Hartley. Major Review Awards are given to academic staff whose individual performance from the start of contract through to Major Review is judged to be outstanding. Quality of teaching, innovative approaches and development of teaching excellence are all considered in light of feedback from both students and colleagues. Professor Hartley also presented Mai Hafez with a Departmental Class Teacher Award. These awards recognise the special contribution made by Graduate Teaching Assistants and guests teachers to LSE’s academic departments. The winners are nominated by the departments themselves as a result of exceptional feedback from students, lecturers and other department members. Georgios Zouros, who was nominated by the Mathematics department, also received an award and teaches along with Mai on our course ST102 (Elementary Statistical Theory).

Posted: 23 May 2012


Statistics PhD Presentation Event Prize for Research Poster

Our PhD candidate Edward Wheatcroft was awarded a prize of £100 by the department for his research poster Using shadowing ratios to evaluate data assimilation techniques, presented at the annual PhD Statistics Presentation Event, day two, on 11 May 2012.

Ed is pursuing his PhD in the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS). His PhD is supervised by Professor Leonard A Smith, the Director of CATS, and Dr David Stainforth, a Senior Research Fellow in CATS and the Grantham Research Institute.

Posted 12 May 2012


Statistics PhD candidate awarded Deutsche Bank financial risk management and regulation prize 

We are very pleased to announce that our PhD candidate Hongbiao Zhao has been awarded first prize in the Deutsche Bank Award in Financial Risk Management and Regulation 2012, hosted by the Financial Markets Group in LSE's Department of Finance.

Hongbiao has been awarded £10,000 for the most outstanding research paper, Portfolio credit risk of default and spread widening|.

Posted: 2 April 2012


Albert Shiryaev

The renowned mathematician Albert Nikolayevich Shiryaev| of the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow visited the Department of Statistics between 20 January and 15 February 2012. During this visit, Professor Shiryaev gave six special two-hour lectures on specific topics of stochastic calculus and its methods. Lecture slides can be viewed here| and here|. He also gave a seminar talk on 'The concept of randomness: evolution of notions'.

Professor Shiryaev is a distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Statistics.

Posted: 16 February 2012


Actuarial Science students awarded prize at the 2011-12 Worshipful Company of Actuaries guest lecture

The Department of Statistics was proud to host our annual guest lecture in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Actuaries on Tuesday 22nd November 2011. This year's guest lecturer was David C Bowie, Partner and Head of Quantitative Analysis at Hymans Robertson and a Director of the Institute of Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE). David's talk was entitled "Enterprise risk management for actuaries: a paradigm shift or the emperor's new clothes?".

During the event the Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries presented two final year BSc Actuarial Science students with prizes for outstanding academic achievement in their 2nd year examinations. Kenneth Lim Chu Ming (left) and Kenneth Huanyi Zheng (right) do not only have a name in common; both have excelled in their studies during the first two years of their degree programme and this achievement was awarded by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.

Posted: 23 November 2011


Learning from numbers to generate new knowledge

The Department of Statistics is delighted to announce that Professor C. R. Rao |, one of the world's foremost statisticians, will be the distinguished speaker at a seminar in room NAB.1.04 in the New Academic Building on Tuesday 28 June 2011, starting at 2pm . An abstract of the talk is available here|.

Professor Rao is professor emeritus at Penn State University and research professor at the University of Buffalo. He is being awarded the Guy Medal in Gold| by the Royal Statistical Society in 2011.

Amongst his many other prestigious awards is the National Medal of Science|, awarded in 2002 for his theoretical work which helped to lay the foundation of modern statistics.       

Posted: 10 June 2011    


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