[R] John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award
patrick-breheny at uiowa.edu
Mon Oct 3 18:35:08 CEST 2016
John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award 2017
The Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical
Association announces the competition for the John M. Chambers
Statistical Software Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing
Machinery presented its Software System Award to John Chambers for the
design and development of S. Dr. Chambers generously donated his award
to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an annual prize for
statistical software written by, or in collaboration with, an
undergraduate or graduate student. The prize carries with it a cash
award of $1,000.
Both individuals and teams are eligible to participate in the
competition. To be eligible, at least one individual within the team
must have begun the development while a student and must either
currently be a student, or have completed all requirements for her/his
last degree after January 1, 2016. The award will be given to the
student, or split between student team members if the team consists of
multiple students, up to a maximum of three students. If the software
was created by a team, the contribution of the student(s) must be
To apply for the award, teams must provide the following materials:
* Current CVs of all student team members.
* A letter from a faculty mentor at the academic institution of one of
the students. The letter should confirm that the student had substantial
participation in the development of the software, certify her/his
student status when the software began to be developed, confirm that
he/she is still a student (or provide a date of degree completion), and
briefly discuss the importance of the software to statistical practice.
* A brief, one to two page description of the software, summarizing what
it does, how it does it, and why it is an important contribution. If any
student team member has continued developing the software after
finishing her/his studies, the description should indicate what was
developed when the individual was a student and what has been added since.
* An installable software package with its source code for use by the
award committee. It should be accompanied by enough information to allow
the judges to effectively use and evaluate the software (including its
design considerations). This information can be provided in a variety of
ways, including but not limited to: a user manual, a manuscript, a URL,
and online help to the system.
All materials must be in English. We prefer that electronic text be
submitted as PDF files. The entries will be judged on a variety of
dimensions, including the importance and relevance for statistical
practice of the tasks performed by the software, ease of use, clarity of
description, elegance and availability for use by the statistical
community. Preference will be given to those entries that are grounded
in software design rather than calculation. The decision of the award
committee is final.
All application materials must be received by Thursday, December 15,
2016 and should be sent to the e-mail address below. The winner will be
announced by January 15. The award will be presented at the 2017 Joint
Statistical Meetings, and the winner(s) will be given an opportunity to
present their work in a topic-contributed session at the meetings.
Note that the Statistical Computing Section also runs, with the
Statistical Graphics Section, a student paper competition. Students are
eligible to submit an application to both competitions for the same
work, but would only be allowed to accept one of the awards.
Inquiries and application materials should be sent to:
Department of Biostatistics
University of Iowa
patrick-breheny at uiowa.edu
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