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    The Open University Page 1 of 11 The Ope n Unive r sit y St a t ist ics D e pa r t m e nt / Gr oup 2 0 0 7 Re por t 1 . M e m be r ship Professor P.H. Gart hwait e ( Head of Depart m ent t o March) Professor C.P. Farringt on ( Head of Depart m ent from March t o Sept em ber , Head of Gr oup fr om Oct ober) Dr C.J. Albers Dr K. Anaya Professor F. Crit chley Dr A.E. Faria Professor J.C. Gow er Dr M. Hocine ( from Febr uary) Dr G.E. I ossif Professor M.C. Jones Mr I .W. Mart in Dr K.J. McConway Dr P. Musonda ( t o July) Dr C.M. Queen Dr N.T. Trendafilov Dr S.K. Vines Dr H.J. Whit aker Long- t e r m v isit or s Dr P.C. Taylor ( Universit y of Hert fordshire) Shor t – t e r m visit or s Dr S. Kat o ( Keio Univer sit y, Japan) Professor N. Le Roux ( Universit y of St ellenbosch, Sout h Africa) Professor P.K. Mar riot t ( Universit y of Wat erloo, Canada) Professor P.W. Vos ( East Car olina Universit y, U.S.A.) Full– t im e r e se a r ch st ude nt s Mr S. De Mr D. Gragn ( from Oct ober) Mr D.J. Jenkinson ( t o Sept em ber) Mr E. Mubwandarikwa Ms A. Noufaily ( from Oct ober) Mr S. Unkel Pa r t – t im e r e se a r ch st ude nt s Ms H. Beaum ont ( t o Novem ber) Mr N. Callej a Ms A. Gj ini Mr G. Kafat os Mr M. Mer ens ( fr om Oct ober) Mr E. Mubwandarikwa


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    The Open University Page 2 of 11 Mr A. Ow en Mr J. Urquhart ( j oint wit h Applied Mat hem at ics, fr om Oct ober) Suppor t st a f f Mrs S. Frain, Depart m ent al Secret ary ( fr om May t o Sept em ber) , Group Secr et ary ( from Oct ober) Mrs W. Hunt , t em porar y Depart m ent al Secret ar y ( t o July) 2 . I nt r oduct ion 2007 was, inevit ably, anot her act ive year for St at ist ics at t he Open Universit y in bot h research and t eaching. Regr et t ably, in Oct ober t he Depart m ent of St at ist ics per se ceased t o be. I nst ead, w e ar e now a St at ist ics Gr oup wit hin a large Depart m ent of Mat hem at ics & St at ist ics ( wit hin a m erged Facult y of Mat hem at ics, Com put ing and Technology) . These unnecessar y changes m ight , at best , pr ov e neut ral. One aspect of our ongoing success is st abilit y in academ ic per sonnel. Heat her Whit aker has a furt her new appoint m ent as ( full- t im e, perm anent ) Lect ur er in t he Depart m ent , sorry , Group. I n May, w e welcom ed our new Gr oupal Secret ary, Sarah Frain; Sarah t ook ov er fr om Wendy Hunt who is warm ly t hanked for adm irable support as t em porary cov er . Kevin McConway failed t o t ak e t he opport unit y t o relinquish his role as an Associat e Dean in what ever Facult y we happen t o be in at t he t im e. The int roduct ion of M249 Pract ical Modern St at ist ics ( see Sect ion 3) appear s t o hav e been as successful as any new course of ours has ever been. I t scor ed out st andingly well in t erm s of st udent r et ent ion and success and t he responses of st udent s when surv ey ed. M249 is one of five 30 point courses all t old, t hree at second lev el and t wo at t hird, which we run along wit h a 10 point course at Level 1 and cont inued cont ribut ions t o ot her courses in Facult y and Universit y. The Depart m ent ’s cour ses at t ract ed a t ot al of alm ost 2500 st udent s. I n t he cour se of t he year, m em ber s of t he Depart m ent published 19 paper s in refereed j ournals ( see Sect ion 6) , plus cont ribut ions t o conference proceedings and t he like. Pre- publicat ion papers and ot her research m at erial can be found in our t echnical report series, at ht t p: / / st at ist ics.open.ac.uk/ TechnicalReport s/ TechnicalReport sI nt ro.ht m . Of course, ( t oo m uch) t im e was spent on preparing our RAE subm ission. Alvaro Faria ( and Paul Gart hwait e when her e; see Sect ion 12) cont inued t o run a St at ist ical Advisory Service t o support r esearch in ot her depart m ent s at t he Open Universit y. A new websit e explains t he ser vice: ht t p: / / www.m at hem at ics.open.ac.uk/ advisory . Furt her inform at ion on t he Depart m ent is available t hrough our w eb pages at ht t p: / / st at ist ics.open.ac.uk/ index.ht m l 3 . Te a ching Pr e se n t a t ion The Depart m ent pr esent ed five cour ses of 30 CATS point s each, nam ely, BM240 Quant it at ive Met hods in Business, M248 Analysing Dat a, M249 Pract ical Modern St at ist ics, M343 Applicat ions of Probabilit y and M346 Linear St at ist ical Modelling, and one cour se of 10 CATS point s, SMK184 Chance, Risk and Healt h, which runs four t im es a y ear.


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    The Open University Page 3 of 11 The Depart m ent ’s hard wor k on t he pr oduct ion of our new second- level cour se in St at ist ics, M249, paid off handsom ely, as m ent ioned in Sect ion 2. The cour se consist s of four blocks on t he t opics of Bay esian st at ist ics, m edical st at ist ics, m ult ivariat e st at ist ics and t im e series analysis, respect ively. M249 rounds off our undergraduat e Diplom a in St at ist ics ( by replacing t he previous elect ive elem ent ) and also form s a cor e com ponent of ot her degr ees involving St at ist ics, along wit h M343, M346 and one of BM240 or M248. Each of t he Facult y of Mat hem at ics and Com put ing’s first level m at hem at ics cour ses, MU120 Open Mat hem at ics and MST121 Using Mat hem at ics, cont ains subst ant ial am ount s of st at ist ical m at erial ( roughly one quart er of each) wit h which Alvaro Faria was heavily involved ( and Paul Gart hwait e for a while) . Kevin McConway cont ribut ed t o t he pr esent at ion of U205 Healt h and Disease and, fr om Oct ober, t o t he pr esent at ion of t he new cour se SDK125 I nt roducing Healt h Science. Pr oduct ion Karen Vines w or ked hard on updat ing ( bot h com put at ionally and present at ionally) t he cont ent of M346, t he r evised version t o go out t o st udent s in 2009. Chris Jones collaborat ed wit h Alan Graham ( Mat hem at ics Educat ion) on t he product ion of a unit on St at ist ics for MU123 Discov ering Mat hem at ics, t he fort hcom ing replacem ent for MU120. Kevin McConway cont inued t o cont ribut e t o t he product ion of SDK125 I nt roducing Healt h Science. Aw a r ds Our courses ar e cor e com ponent s of degr ees in Mat hem at ics and St at ist ics and in Com put ing and St at ist ics which wer e int roduced during 2004. These aw ards had t heir first graduat es at t he end of 2007, but num bers are not y et available. Our courses ar e also core com ponent s of t he exist ing degrees in Mat hem at ical Sciences and in Econom ics and Mat hem at ical Sciences, while BM240 is part of t he BA in Business St udies. The undergraduat e Diplom a in St at ist ics is now awarded t o st udent s who successfully st udy M248 or BM240, M249, M343 and M346 ( or t heir pr edecessor s) . Ar ound 100 st udent s ar e awarded t he Diplom a each y ear . 4 . H ighe r de gr e e s a w a r de d H e le n Be a um ont ( M .Phil.) for her t hesis Modelling Rat es of Cognit ive Decline in Pat ient s wit h a Dem ent ing I llness ( supervisor s: A.D. Lunn, Oxford Universit y, and P.H. Gart hwait e) . D a vid Je n k in son ( Ph .D .) for his t hesis Quant ifying Expert Opinion as a Pr obabilit y Dist ribut ion ( j oint wit h Com put ing; supervisors: P.H. Gart hwait e and R.C. Laney, Com put ing) . 5 . Re se a r ch int e re st s The Depart m ent is hom e t o t hree Research Gr oups:


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    The Open University Page 4 of 11 Mult ivariat e St at ist ics ( Crit chley ( chair) , Alber s, Anaya, Faria, Gart hwait e, Gower, Jones, Queen, Taylor, Tr endafilov, Unkel, Vines, Const ant ine ( CSI RO, r et ired) , Cook ( Univer sit y of Minnesot a) , Marriot t ( Universit y of Wat erloo) ) . Bayesian St at ist ics ( Queen ( chair) , Albers, De, Faria, Far ringt on, Gart hwait e, Jenkinson, McConway, Vines, Whit aker) . Medical St at ist ics ( Whit aker ( chair) , Farringt on, Gart hwait e, Hocine, Jenkinson, Musonda, Vines) . Clearly, t hese t hr ee general groupings cov er a huge variet y of r esear ch pr oj ect s in St at ist ics. I nt er alia, t hey organise inform al int ernal r esear ch m eet ings. Research also cont inues, of cour se, on t opics not direct ly covered by t hese Resear ch Gr oups, of which dist ribut ion t heory , kernel sm oot hing, robust st at ist ics, t im e series for ecast ing and influence analysis are but a sm all select ion. St rong ongoing collaborat ions cont inue in areas such as m edicine, psychology and ecology. For det ails, see t he publicat ions, t alks and ot her it em s t o follow. 6 . Publica t ions 6 .1 Publica t ions in r e fe r e e d a ca de m ic j our na ls Anaya- I zquie rdo, K. & Marriott , P. ( 2007) Local m ixt ure m odels of exponential fam ilies. Bernoulli, 13, 623- 640. Anaya- I zquie rdo, K.A. & Marriott , P.K. ( 2007) Local m ixtures of t he exponential dist ribution. Annals of t he I nst itut e of St at istical Mat hem atics, 59, 111- 134. Arnold, G.M., Gow e r , J.C., Gardner, S. & LeRoux, N.J. ( 2007) Biplot s of fr ee- choice- pr ofile dat a in generalized Procrust es analysis. Applied St at ist ics, 56, 445- 458. Banks, C.J., Brandon, M.A. & Ga r t h w a it e , P.H . ( 2006) Measurem ent of sea ice draft using upward looking ADCP on an aut onom ous underwat er v ehicle. Annals of Glaciology, 44, 211- 216. Boent e, G., Cr it chle y, F., & Or ellana, L. ( 2007) I nfluence funct ions for t wo fam ilies of robust est im at ors under pr oport ional scat t er m at rices. St at ist ical Met hods and Applicat ions, 15, 295- 327. Crawford, J.R. & Ga r t h w a it e , P.H . ( 2007) Using r egr ession equat ions built from sum m ary dat a in t he assessm ent of t he individual case. Neur opsy chology , 21, 611- 621. Crawford, J.R. & Ga r t h w a it e , P.H . ( 2007) Com parison of a single case t o a cont r ol or norm at ive sam ple in neuropsychology: dev elopm ent of a Bay esian approach. Cognit ive Neur opsy chology, 24, 343- 372. Crawford, J.R., Ga r t h w a it e , P.H . & Gault , C.B. ( 2007) Est im at ing t he per cent age of t he populat ion wit h abnorm ally low scores ( or scor e differ ences) on st andardized neuropsychological t est bat t eries: a generic m et hod wit h applicat ions. Neuropsychology, 21, 419- 430. Fréville, H., M cCon w a y , K., Dodd, M. & Silvert own, J. ( 2007) Predict ion of ext inct ion in plant s: int eract ion of ex t rinsic t hreat s and life hist or y t rait s. Ecology , 88, 2662- 2672.


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    The Open University Page 5 of 11 H ocine , M ., Fa r r in gt on, C.P., Touzé, E., W h it a k e r , H .J., Fourrier , A., Moreau, T. & Tubert - Bit t er, P. ( 2007) Hepat at is B vaccinat ion and first cent ral nervous syst em dem y elinat ing event s: reanalysis of a case- cont rol st udy using t he self- cont rolled case series m et hod. Vaccine, 25, 5938- 5943. H ocine , M .N ., Tubert - Bit t er, P., Mor eau, T., Chavance, M., Varon, E. & Guillem ot , D. ( 2007) Relat ive risk- rat io was a useful m easur e of differ ent ial associat ion in cohort and case- series st udies. Journal of Clinical Epidem iology, 60, 361- 365. Jon e s, M .C. ( 2007) Connect ing dist ribut ions wit h pow er t ails on t he r eal line, t he half line and t he int erval. I nt ernat ional St at ist ical Review, 75, 58- 69. Jon e s, M .C. ( 2007) On a class of dist ribut ions defined by t he r elat ionship bet ween t heir densit y and dist ribut ion funct ions. Communications in Statistics − Theory and Methods, 36, 1835- 1843. Jon e s, M .C. & Henderson, D.A. ( 2007) Kernel- t ype densit y est im at ion on t he unit int erval. Biom et rika, 94, 977- 984. Jon e s, M .C. & Yu, K. ( 2007) I m pr ov ed double kernel local linear quant ile regr ession. St at ist ical Modelling, 7, 377- 389. Pew sey , A., Lewis, T. & Jon e s, M .C. ( 2007) The wrapped t fam ily of circular dist ribut ions. Aust ralian and New Zealand Journal of St at ist ics, 49, 79- 91. Que e n, C.M ., Wright , B.J. & Albe r s, C.J. ( 2007) Elicit ing a direct ed acyclic graph for a m ult ivariat e t im e series of v ehicle count s in a t raffic net work. Aust ralian and New Zealand Journal of St at ist ics, 49, 221- 239. Tr e nd a f ilov, N .T. & Jolliffe, I .T. ( 2007) DALASS: variable select ion in discrim inant analysis via t he LASSO. Com put at ional St at ist ics and Dat a Analysis, 51, 3718- 3736. W hit a k e r , H .J., H ocin e , M .N . & Fa r r in gt on, C.P. ( 2007) On case- crossov er m et hods for environm ent al t im e series dat a. Environm et rics, 18, 157- 171. 6 .2 Re fe r e e d confe r e nce pr oce e din gs a nd book cha pt e r s Albe r s, C.J., Cr it ch le y, F. & Gow e r , J.C. ( 2007) Group average represent at ions in Euclidean dist ance cones. I n Select ed Cont ribut ions in Dat a Analysis and Classificat ion, eds: P. Brit o, P. Bert rand, G. Cucum el, & F. de Carvalho, Springer , pp. 445- 454. Fa r r ingt on, C.P., W hit a k e r , H .J. & H ocine , M .N . ( 2007) St at ist ical issues in vaccine safet y evaluat ion. I n Encyclopedia of St at ist ics in Qualit y and Reliabilit y, eds: F. Ruggieri, R.S. Kenet t & F. Falt in, Wiley, pp. 1888- 1894. H ocine , M .N ., W hit a k e r , H .J. & Fa r r ingt on, C.P. ( 2007) Case series analysis. I n Ency clopedia of St at ist ics in Qualit y and Reliabilit y, eds: F. Ruggieri, R.S. Kenet t & F. Falt in, Wiley, pp. 1783- 1788. Jolliffe, I .T, Learm ont h, J.A., Pier ce, G.J., Sant os., M.B., Tr e nda f ilov , N ., Zuur, A.F., I eno, E.N. & Sm it h, G.M. ( 2007) Principal com ponent analysis applied t o harbour porpoise fat t y acid dat a. I n Analysing Ecological Dat a, eds: A.F. Zuur, E.N. I eno & G.M. Sm it h, Springer, pp. 515- 528.


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    The Open University Page 6 of 11 Unk e l, S. & Tr e nda filov, N .T. ( 2007) Noisy independent com ponent analysis as a m et hod of rot at ing t he fact or scor es. I n Pr oceedings of t he 7 t h I nt ernat ional Confer ence on I ndependent Com ponent Analysis and Signal Separat ion ( I CA2007) , eds: M.E. Davies et al., Springer, pp. 810- 817. 7 . Se m ina r s a nd confe r e nce s a t The Ope n Unive rsit y The 2007 inst alm ent of our r egular series of conferences was H D M D A, H igh D im e nsion a l M ult iv a r ia t e D a t a An a ly sis, chief organiser Nickolay Tr endafilov ( ably assist ed by Wendy Hunt ) . Speakers at t his one- day m eet ing were: John Gower ( Open Univer sit y) Quadrat ic m inim isat ion pr oblem s in st at ist ics Ludovic Lebart ( Cent r e Nat ional de la Recherche Scient ifique, Paris) Resam pling t echniques for assessing t he visualisat ions of high- dim ensional dat a Gilbert Saport a ( Conser vat oire Nat ional des Art s et Mét ier s, Paris) Linear t echniques for regression and classificat ion on funct ional dat a Tom Fearn ( Univer sit y College London) Ort hogonal signal pret reat m ent Mark Plum bley ( Queen Mary, Universit y of London) Geom et r y of sparse represent at ions Frank Crit chley ( Open Universit y) Principal axis analysis The depart m ent ran it s usual sem inar program m e wit h invit ed speaker s. Over t he y ear we heard: Frank Ball ( Universit y of Not t ingham ) St at ist ical inference for epidem ics am ong a populat ion of households Adrian Bowm an ( Universit y of Glasgow) St at ist ics wit h a hum an face St effen Laurit zen ( Universit y of Ox ford) Gr aphical m odels wit h edge and v ert ex sym m et ries Christ l Donnelly ( I m perial College London) TB in cat t le and badgers - An epidem iological challenge Richard Chandler ( Univer sit y College London) Space- t im e m odelling using independence and generalised est im at ing equat ions Tom Snij ders ( Oxford Universit y) St at ist ical m odelling of social net w ork dynam ics We also ran our fourt h Annual Resear ch St udent s' Research Day, where speakers were St effen Unkel, Swarup De, Neville Callej a and David Jenkinson. And at an int ernal research m orning in March, speak er s were Paul Gart hwait e, Chris Jones, Nickolay Tr endafilov and Karen Vines. 8 . Confe r e nce pa pe r s a nd post e r s pr e se nt e d C.J. Albe r s


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    The Open University Page 7 of 11 I nt ernat ional Meet ing of t he Psychom et ric Societ y ( I MPS2007) , Tok yo, Japan Minim ising t ranslat ed quadrat ic for m s subj ect t o quadrat ic const raint s, wit h applicat ions t o m issing value est im at ion in Procrust es analysis F. Cr it ch le y High Dim ensional Mult ivariat e Dat a Analysis ( HDMDA) , Open Univer sit y Principal axis analysis C.P. Fa r r ingt on 28 t h Annual Confer ence of t he I nt ernat ional Societ y for Clinical Biost at ist ics, Alexandropolis, Gr eece Bias in case- crossov er analyses of environm ent al t im e series dat a P.H . Ga r t hw a it e SAMSI Work shop on Risk Analysis, Ext r em e Event s and Decision Theory , Research Triangle Park , Nort h Car olina, U.S.A. Elicit at ion of expert opinion as a prior dist ribut ion Spring Bayes Confer ence, Coolangat t a, Queensland, Aust ralia Select ion of prior w eight s for w eight ed m odel av eraging J.C. Gow e r Cor r espondence Analysis and Relat ed Met hods, Rot t erdam , Net herlands Enhanced biplot s High Dim ensional Mult ivariat e Dat a Analysis ( HDMDA) , Open Universit y Quadrat ic m inim isat ion problem s in st at ist ics I nt ernat ional Meet ing of t he Psy chom et ric Societ y ( I MPS2007) , Toky o, Japan Mat rices do m at t er [ Maj or I nvit ed Talk] I nt ernat ional Meet ing of t he Psychom et ric Societ y ( I MPS2007) , Tok yo, Japan Asym m et ry analysis: t he place of m odels I nt ernat ional Meet ing of t he Psychom et ric Societ y ( I MPS2007) , Tok yo, Japan Generalised Procrust es analysis wit h opt im al scaling: exploring t r ansact ional dat a and cust om er sat isfact ion wit h pow er supplier M . H ocin e Vaccine Safet y Evaluat ion: Post - m ark et ing Surveillance Confer ence, Bet hesda, Mar yland, U.S.A. Sequent ial m et hodology in case series st udies 28 t h Annual Confer ence of t he I nt ernat ional Societ y for Clinical Biost at ist ics, Alexandropolis, Greece Hepat it is B vaccinat ion and m ult iple scler osis: case- cont rol and case series m et hods 23 rd I nt ernat ional Confer ence on Pharm acoepidem iology and Therapeut ic Risk Managem ent , Quebec, Canada Pr ospect iv e sur veillance of vaccine safet y using t he self- cont r olled case series m et hod [ post er] M .C. Jon e s


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    The Open University Page 8 of 11 I nt ernat ional I ndian St at ist ical Associat ion Joint St at ist ical Meet ing and I nt ernat ional Confer ence on St at ist ics, Probabilit y and Relat ed Ar eas, Cochin, I ndia Jones’s Johnson dist ribut ions P. M usonda Confer ence for Applied St at ist ics for Dev elopm ent in Africa ( SADA 07) , Cot onou, Benin Applicat ion of t he self- cont rolled case series m et hod in surv eillance N .T. Tr e nda f ilov I nt ernat ional Work shop on Com put at ional and Financial Econom et rics, Genev a, Swit zerland Cont inuous- t im e appr oach t o com m on principal com ponent s est im at ion S. Unk e l 30 t h Research St udent s’ Confer ence in Probabilit y and St at ist ics ( RSC 2007) , Durham Noisy independent com ponent analysis as a m et hod of r ot at ing t he fact or scor es 7 t h I nt ernat ional Confer ence on I ndependent Com ponent Analysis and Signal Separat ion ( I CA 2007) , London Noisy independent com ponent analysis as a m et hod of r ot at ing t he fact or scor es H .J. W h it a k e r Societ y for Academ ic Prim ary Car e Annual Scient ific Meet ing, London Using cases as t heir own cont r ols: t he self- cont rolled case series m et hod Royal St at ist ical Societ y Confer ence, St at ist ics and Policy Making, York A m easur e of assort at iv eness for dir ect ly t ransm it t ed infect ions [ post er] 9 . Ot he r se m ina r s a nd t a lk s give n C.P. Fa r r ingt on Lancast er Universit y Case series m odels for censoring ev ent s ( wit h H.J. Whit aker) POLYMOD ( EU Pr oj ect ) Work shop, Rom e, I t aly Measur es of assort at iv eness, and t heir est im at ion from ser ological and cont act dat a Zurich Universit y, Swit zerland The self- cont r olled case series m et hod Zurich Universit y, Swit zerland Case series m odels for censoring ev ent s Healt hcare Com m ission, London Pr ospect iv e sur veillance of vaccine safet y Universit é Vict or Segalen Bordeaux 2, Fr ance Analyse des séries de cas: principe et applicat ions en pharm acoépidém iologie P.H . Ga r t hw a it e Universit y of Edinburgh Select ion of w eight s for weight ed m odel averaging Universit y of Durham Select ion of w eight s for weight ed m odel averaging


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    The Open University Page 9 of 11 Universit y of New Sout h Wales, Sydney , Aust ralia The Open Univ ersit y Universit y of New Sout h Wales, Sydney , Aust ralia Select ion of prior w eight s for w eight ed m odel averaging New Sout h Wales Branch of t he St at ist ical Societ y of Aust ralia, Sydney, Aust ralia Elicit at ion m et hods for quant ifying expert opinion J.C. Gow e r West ern Cape Chapt er of t he Sout h African St at ist ical Associat ion. St ellenbosch, Sout h Africa A m at rix m iscellany 25 t h Birt hday Meet ing of t he Hert s and Beds Local Group of t he Royal St at ist ical Societ y, Rot ham st ed Experim ent al St at ion, Harpenden Science, St at ist ics, com put ing and m at hem at ics M .C. Jon e s Highlands Local Gr oup of t he Royal St at ist ical Societ y, St Andr ews Don’t m ent ion St onehenge! The st at ist ician’s side of t he st ory of a t en y ear collaborat ion bet ween archaeology, eart h sciences and st at ist ics New cast le Universit y How param et ric dist ribut ions assist wit h som e nonparam et ric sm oot hing problem s K.J. M cCon w a y Junior St at ist icians’ Gr oup, Depart m ent of Wor k and Pensions, London St at ist ics and t he m edia H .J. W h it a k e r ( wit h C.P. Far ringt on) POLYMOD ( EU Pr oj ect ) Wor kshop, Rom e, I t aly Measur es of assort at iv eness, and t heir est im at ion from ser ological and cont act dat a Universit y College London Self- cont r olled case series m et hod [ STATA pract ical] 1 0 . Edit or ia l r ole s F. Cr it ch le y • Associat e Edit or: Journal de la Sociét é Francaise de St at ist ique • Edit orial Board Mem ber: St udies in Classificat ion, Dat a Analysis, and Knowledge Organizat ion ( book series, Springer) C.P. Fa r r ingt on • Edit orial Board Mem ber: Epidem iology and I nfect ion J.C. Gow e r • Associat e Edit or: The Mat hem at ical Scient ist M .C. Jon e s


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    The Open University Page 10 of 11 • Associat e Edit or: Annals of t he I nst it ut e of St at ist ical Mat hem at ics • Associat e Edit or: Com m unicat ions in St at ist ics • Associat e Edit or: Journal of St at ist ical Planning and I nfer ence • Associat e Edit or: Pakist an Journal of St at ist ics • Associat e Edit or: Sankhya • Associat e Edit or: St at ist ica Sinica • Associat e Edit or: St at ist ical Met hodology 1 1 . Gr a nt s Aw a rde d K.J. M cCon w a y Depart m ent of t he Environm ent , Food and Rur al Affairs grant for proj ect ent it led “ Tools, Training and research for m anaging Eco- Hy drology of Cape Flora” . £325,540. Co- invest igat or wit h colleagues fr om t he Open Univer sit y’s Depart m ent of Biological Sciences, t he Sout h African Nat ional Biodiversit y I nst it ut e and Cape Nat ure 1 2 . Ot he r a ct ivit ie s F. Cr it ch le y • research visit or at each of: I nst it ut o Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Port ugal; Universit é Libre de Brux elles, Belgium ; and Universit é de Liège, Belgium C.P. Fa r r ingt on • elect ed ont o t he RSS Council • m em ber of t he WHO Ad- Hoc Com m it t ee on EPI Ser ology in Relat ion t o I nt erm it t ent Prevent ive Tr eat m ent in I nfant s against Malaria • m em ber of t he Wellcom e Trust ’s St udy Design Expert Gr oup ( from Oct ober) • ext ernal exam iner for t he MSc in Modern Epidem iology at I m perial College London • exam ined PhDs at I m perial College London and Universit y College London • m em ber of t he Organising Com m it t ee of t he Confer ence for Applied St at ist ics for Dev elopm ent in Africa ( SADA 07) , Cot onou, Benin P.H . Ga r t hw a it e • visit ing academ ic in t he Depart m ent of Mat hem at ics and St at ist ics, Universit y of New Sout h Wales, Sydney, Aust ralia ( from April) • ext ernal exam iner for undergraduat e st at ist ics cour ses at t he Universit y of Maurit ius, yes, Maurit ius • m em ber of t he MRC Panel of Expert s • exam ined a PhD for t he Universit y of Durham J.C. Gow e r


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    The Open University Page 11 of 11 • research visit or at Univer sit y of St ellenbosch, Sout h Africa • exam ined PhD at t he Universit y of Leiden, Net herlands • m em ber of t he Sir Ronald Aylm er Fisher Mem orial Com m it t ee of Great Brit ain • for eign m em ber of t he Advisor y Board of I OPS ( I nt eruniver sit aire Onderzoek school voor Psy chom et rie en Sociom et rie) • organiser of session on Procrust es Problem s at t he I nt ernat ional Meet ing of t he Psychom et ric Societ y, Toky o, Japan M .C. Jon e s • academ ic reviewer of subj ect guides for cour ses on Dist ribut ion Theor y and St at ist ical I nfer ence for London School of Econom ics ext er nal st udent s • exam ined PhDs for I m perial College London and t he Universit y of Sheffield K.J. M cCon w a y • Associat e Dean ( Curriculum ) of t he Facult y of Mat hem at ics and Com put ing, t ransm ogrifying int o Associat e Dean ( Cur riculum and Awards) of t he Facult y of Mat hem at ics, Com put ing and Technology in Oct ober • ext ernal exam iner for t he MSc in St at ist ics at t he Univer sit y of Kent • academ ic consult ant on t wo m ore series of t he BBC Radio4/ OU series ‘More or Less’, including a cont ribut ion on air t o one program m e t alking about UNI CEF report s on children and young people. He also w r ot e m at erial for t he program m e- relat ed w ebsit e at ht t p: / / www.open2.net / m or eorless/ C.M . Qu e e n • ext ernal exam iner for a PhD at t he Univer sit y of Sunderland N .T. Tr e nda f ilov • organiser and chair of session on Mat rix Com put at ions and St at ist ics at t he m eet ing of t he ERCI M Wor king Group on Com put ing & St at ist ics wit hin t he I nt ernat ional Work shop on Com put at ional and Financial Econom et rics in Geneva, Swit zerland


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