Case Study


With environmental statistics becoming more visible in the news, it has become more politicized, which makes it harder for the public to both understand and interpret all the different results that are being published. NISS provided a multi-disciplinary team that would act as a non-biased, third party analyzing the data to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its complex datasets and models.

Research Project

Now that most National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) assessments and surveys are conducted using electronic modes, electronic data capture means that in addition to basic background information and final responses, data includes documentation of the process of responding. These process data comprise a time-stamped, click-by-click record of each student’s progress through the assessment or survey. To date these detailed process data have not been made available; however NCES is now preparing to establish a mechanism for release of process data for research purposes. The first panel was charged with making recommendations about how to minimize disclosure risks from such a data release. The second panel was asked to consider what data would be most useful to researchers, and how it should be preprocessed to allow a broad range of users able to use the data efficiently. 

Xiao-Li Meng's (Harvard) plenary focused on personalization of medicine.
The First CANSSI-NISS Health Data Science Workshop was held not in Waterloo, Ontario as was originally planned but virtually hosted by NISS on Zoom May 7 through 8, 2021.  Nearly 200 statisticians and health data scientists from the U.S. and Canada logged into a variety of thought-provoking and... more
Sir David Spiegelhalter, (Cambridge University) notes an interesting connection between age and COVID deaths.
The current pandemic crisis is notable for the vast amount of traffic in official and unofficial information and claims.  Who better to offer some personal insights into the challenges of trying to bring some illumination to the statistics about the pandemic than Sir David Spiegelhalter.  Regularly... more
Cornelia Kunz, (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, Gmbh)
When a study is disrupted by COVID-19, investigators are faced with the question of what to do next. Should they simply analyze the current data and reach a conclusion? If the trial is re-started with a new recruitment phase, is it permissible to change the target sample size or modify the... more
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Cornell University, Department of Statistics and Data Science
The Department of Statistics and Data Science’s academic and research programs take advantage of Cornell University's extensive...
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is the survey and estimation arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASS...