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The 2017 SASA Conference will be hosted by the University of Free State from 27 - 30 November 2017 at Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein. Details here.

StatsSA Postgraduate Paper Competition

SASA Postgraduate Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Stats SA

This competition is open to all students enrolled for Masters or PhD’s in Statistics at South African tertiary institutions. Both full and part-time students are eligible. Stats SA is funding this competition as part of their drive to provide financial assistance to deserving students who show promise and diligence in their statistical work. Three prizes will be awarded, subject to the adjudicators’ discretion. Two of the prizes may be from any statistical sub-discipline and one prize will be reserved for Official Statistics, on special request from the sponsors. The first author of the best three papers, as decided by the judges, will be sponsored to present his/her paper at the annual SASA Conference. A person entering the Postgraduate paper competition may submit their paper to a journal but only after the competition. Sponsorship includes travel (within SA), accommodation and conference fees. The SASA Education Committee will handle the adjudication process. The judges’ decision will be final and there will be no correspondence regarding the decision.

 
Please contact your HOD for further information on this competition and failing that, contact Mrs Fransonet Reyneke (Fransonet.Reyneke@up.ac.za), and at this link.
 
 
Past winners of the competition: 
 

2016

1st prize Prenil Sewmohan A comparison of the EM algorithm and the method of maximum likelihood under constraints (MLEC). University of Pretoria
2nd prize Jocelyn Mazarura A comparison of the performance of Latent Dirichlet allocation and the Dirichlet multinomial mixture model on short text University of Pretoria
 

2015

1st prize

C Janse van

Rensburg 

Big Data: A Compressed Sensing Approach

University of 

Pretoria

2nd prize

H Sadiq

Inferring HIV-1 Drug Resistance as Episodic Directional Selection using Topic Models 

 

University of 

Cape Town

3rd prize

C Ras

Risk Performance of a Heteroscedastic Preliminary Test Estimator under the Reflected Normal Loss Function 

University of 

Pretoria

 

2014

1st prize

J Nienkemper

-Swanepoel 

Multiple Imputation using Regularised Iterative Multiple Correspondence Analysis 

University of the

Free State

2nd prize

H Hove

Characterisation of the Joint Behaviour of Competing Risks: Application to Accelerated Reliability Testing                                                                

 

University of the

Witwatersrand

3rd prize

Y Shiferaw

Improved Confidence Intervals under the Fay-Herriot Model: Application to Poverty Incidence in Ethiopia

University of the

Witwatersrand

 

2013

1st prize

E Pienaar

Using a Multivariate Diffusion Model to perform Inference in Ecology

University of Cape Town

2nd prize

O Oyedele

Partial Least Square Biplots for Generalised Linear Models

University of Cape Town

3rd prize

T Pierre Bernard

South African Household Survey Data: An unbiased view on narrowing the gap between racial groups

University of Cape Town

 

2012

1st prize

D Williams

Common components to construct biplots for three-mode data (Official statistics discipline)

University of Cape Town

2nd prize

O Oyedele

The construction  of a partial least squares biplot (Official statistics discipline)

University of Cape Town

3rd prize

T Chatora

Detection and accommodation of outliers in Poisson regressions models

University of Cape Town

Special prize

Sulaiman Salau

Contextual influences, frailty and the spatial patterns of child mortality in Nigeria. [Official Statistics discipline]

University of the Witwatersrand

Special prize

Jean-Marie Hakizimana

Small area estimation of unemployment for South African labor market statistics. [Official Statistics discipline

University of the Witwatersrand

 

2011

1st prize

T Reddy

Modeling HIV disease progression using Multistate Markov models.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2nd prize

K. Mauff

Multivariate nonlinear multi-level mixed effect models: Techniques and application to Pharmacokinetic data

University of Cape Town

3rd prize

Marien Graham

Nonparametric exponentially weighted moving average control charts based on the sign and signed-rank statistics

University of Pretoria

Special prize

Sulaiman Salau

Contextual influences, frailty and the spatial patterns of child mortality in Nigeria. [Official Statistics discipline]

University of the Witwatersrand

Special prize

Jean-Marie Hakizimana

Small area estimation of unemployment for South African labor market statistics. [Official Statistics discipline

University of the Witwatersrand

 

2010

1st prize

L Werner

Modeling Acute HIV infection using longitudinally measured biomarker data including informative drop-out. [Official Statistics discipline]

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2nd prize

W Robbertse

Maximum likelihood estimation fro fractional Gaussian noise

University of Johannesburg

3rd prize

N Yende

Determining factors associated with the higher rate of increase or recovery in CD4+ count over time in patients initiated on ART in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa using linear mixed models. [Official Statistics discipline]

University of KwaZulu-Natal

 

2009

1st prize

Ahmed Essay

Pricing a European exchange option driven by Merton’s jump diffusion model using the Esscher Transform

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2nd prize

Herbert Hove

Comparison study of methodologies for estimating the long-run exchange rate pass-through to import prices for South Africa. [Official Statistics discipline]

University of the Witwatersrand

3rd prize

Silal Sheetal

A simulation model of antimalarial drug resistance.

University of Cape Town

 

2008

1st prize

Miguel Lacerda

Testing for Purchasing Power Parity and Uncover Interest Parity in the Presence of Monetary and Exchange Rate Regime Shifts

University of Cape Town

2nd prize

Elistan Glover

Monte Carlo Simulation of Bermudian Put Option.

Rhodes University