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Stat paper wins international awards

(July 10)— A paper entitled "Classification of Congenital Hypothyroidism using Artificial Neural Networks" co-authored by two UP professors won the 2013 International Statistical Institute’s Jan Tinbergen Awards.

The Jan Tinbergen Awards is a biennial competition for young statisticians (less than 31 years old) from developing countries based on research papers in the theory and applications of statistics. 

Co-authored by Iris Ivy M. Gauran and Ma. Sofia Criselda A. Poblador, the award-winning paper was initially as requirement for their graduate course at the UP School of Statistics (UPSS). For the competition, it bested over 1,000 papers submitted by young statisticians worldwide.

Gauran and Poblador, who are faculty members of the UPSS and UP Manila College of Sciences, respectively, took home €2,500 in prize money. In addition, they will get support for travel, accommodation and daily expenses to participate and present their paper in the Young Statistician’s Satellite Symposium from August 23 to 24 and the 59th ISI World Statistics Congress from August 25 to 30 to be both held in Hong Kong.

Gauran (BS 2009-Cum Laude, MS 2012) is a tenured faculty of UPSS.  She will be pursuing her PhD at University of Maryland Baltimore County starting September 2013 while Poblador (BS 2009-Cum Laude, MS 2012), is a faculty member of the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences.—H.C.P. with reports from the UP School of Statistics