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Notices & News

  • 2015 New Zealand Statistical Association Conference

    Tuesday 24 November until Thursday 26 November

    The 2015 NZSA conference will be held from Tuesday 24 November until Thursday 26 November at the Dovedale campus of the University of Canterbury. Again it will be held in conjunction with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) conference. The conference will have several keynote speakers, a Young Statisticians meeting, the NZSA AGM, a conference dinner, a statistical education session, as well as usual mix of presentations. At present the conference web site is being developed, but will be available at

    At this time the organisers are calling for expressions of interest to run 1 or half day workshops on either the Monday before, or Friday after, the conference. The workshops would be based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and thus have access to its facilities. If interested contact the conference chair (

    Also the organisers are giving advanced notice of the option of providing a topic contributed session. This provides the opportunity to organise a session of 60 to 100 minutes comprising of presentations and discussions relating to a single topic. The topic could methodological, subject matter, computing or organisation based. A formal call will be made in July. Again for further information contact the conference chair.

    NZSA15 Conference Committee

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  • Topic:  “Machine Learning/Data Mining research at The University of Waikato”

    Presenter: Professor Bernhard Pfahringer

    Date:  Wednesday, 8th April 2015

    Location: Room B05, Building 303 Science Building, 38 Princes Street, The University of Auckland

    Notice:  Meet Up 04-2015

    Auckland R Users Group is pleased to announce the first meeting for  2015.  Professor Bernhard Pfahringer,  from The University of Waikato, will talk about Machine Learning and Data Mining.  Please note this is not exactly R related.  Bernhard and his research team uses WEKA:

    Bernhard obtained his PhD (Computer Science) from Vienna University of Technology.  He is a committee/board member on numerous Machine Learning communities such as Editorial board member Machine Learning Journal.  And he will drive all the way from Hamilton!

    Please find more details & RSVP on our home page (Under More > Files)

    Hope to see you at the meet up.

    JieFu Yu


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  • Newsletter

    NZSA Newsletter 75

    Dear NZSA member,

    After a long (looong) hiatus I present to you Newsletter No. 75. I hope you enjoy reading the new(er) format and the stories contributed by your colleagues.

    I aim to produce the next iteration in late June 2015. Requests for contributions will go out in late March.

    Have a good read,
    Steffen Klaere


    To download the newsletter click here:  newsletter75

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  • Master of Science Scholarships

    The CCRep / AUT Biostatistics Partnership Masters’ Scholarships

    Two scholarships are available at the Auckland University of Technology for students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree focusing on clinical biostatistics during 2015–16.  The scholarships are offered by the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in partnership with the Centre for Clinical Research and effective practice (CCRep).

    The 2-year Master of Science provides an opportunity for graduates to acquire advanced research skills and knowledge in a professional learning environment.  Skills developed in the first year equip students for their second year to undertake an in-depth investigation of a specialist area of research with emphasis on biostatistics and epidemiology. Our collaborative and career-focused postgraduate programme links course work and thesis work with actual applications in a real-world working environment.  This framework equips students with both sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which are easily transferable across research and industry sectors.

    Both scholarships provide an annual stipend of $10,000 plus domestic student tuition fee. Applications close on 30th January 2015.

    webicon1.gif Full details about the scholarship are available here.

    Please contact Priya Parmar, for any queries.




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  • NZMASP14

    New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference

    The NZSA is a regular sponsor of the New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate conference.  This conference provides a supportive and  relaxed environment in which young statisticians and mathematicians can gain experience in presenting their research.  It also offers a great opportunity for postgraduate students to meet and network.  This year’s conference was held in Whitianga.

    From the Organising team :

    We are writing to thank the NZSA for supporting the NZMASP conference this year, which took place last week. The conference was a great success with almost 60 attendees from Mathematics and Statistics departments from universities across New Zealand; a full report of the conference is attached to this email. 

    The NZMASP conference is a student run and organised conference and hence, we are grateful for the support you offered this year and we hope you will consider sponsoring it again in the future.

    The NZMASP14 Conference Report can be access here.

    Conference website:


    Aotearoa Conference Centre in Whitianga, venue of NZMASP14

    Aotearoa Conference Centre in Whitianga, venue of NZMASP14.

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Young Statisticians

Kylie Maxwell, from Statistics NZ, is the Young Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 10th February 2015