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Short Course: Some Large-Sample Techniques Useful for Survey Statisticians

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Some Elements of Large-Sample Techniques Useful for Survey Statisticians


This is a four-day (eight contact hours) short course to be offered remotely on December 1, 2, 5, and 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 each afternoon. The price is $25 for Full-time Students, $50 for current WSS members, and $100 for non-members.

Presenter: Dr. Jiming Jiang
Brief Course Description: There is a misconception that large-sample theory is mainly relevant to a theoretical statistician. In fact, basic training in large-sample techniques is critically important even for a practitioner, including an applied survey statistician. Some aspects in this regard are:
1. Large-sample theory provides guidance for a practitioner on what to expect, or whether something is incorrect or heading to a wrong direction.
2. Large-sample techniques can simplify our solution to difficult, sometimes intractable, problems. A practitioner with a solid training in large-sample techniques can carry theoretically guided derivations and approximations error-free. To do so, the concept of orders is very important, so that one knows what terms can be dropped without significantly impacting the outcome.
Example: approximating the mean and variance of a nonlinear function of the sample mean
3. Simple methods such as the Taylor series expansion in statistical applications can lead to useful formulae to use in practice.
Example: Approximating the sampling distribution of a complex estimator and usING it to construct a confidence interval
4. In many practical problems the observations are correlated. For such observations, standard asymptotic results, especially in terms of the asymptotic distribution, may be misleading.

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Washington Statistical Society Annual Holiday Party

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The WSS Annual Holiday Party will be in person(!!) this year. All WSS members, family, friends, and colleagues are welcome. Follow the links above for location and registration information. To help with planning, we encourage you to register early.

Prices are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Students pay $25.

There will be a cash bar serving beer, wine, and spirits and a menu featuring:

  • Artisanal cheese & seasonal fruit (V)
  • Miniature jumbo lump crabcake
  • Chophouse pub burger slider
  • Signature dessert display (V)

…and more!

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