The International Prize in Statistics

Five leading international statistics organizations have collaborated to launch the biennial International Prize in Statistics. The prize recognizes the "major achievement" of an individual or team in the field of statistics. Simultaneously, this prize helps raise media and public awareness of the growing importance of statistics to modern life and promotes understanding of the myriad and diverse ways statistics affects the lives of every person alive today.

The primary objective of the International Prize in Statistics is to call public attention to the important role statistics, data analysis, probability, and the understanding of uncertainty have played in the past and are playing today in the advancement of society, science, technology and human welfare, with a decided focus on current developments. Another leading objective is to identify penetrating and valuable insights and advances in statistics that can help achieve the primary objective.

The first International Prize in Statistics was awarded in July 2017, to David R. Cox. Bradley Efron received the award in 2019. To make a nomination, click on the “Nominations“ tab at the top of this page.

If you would like to learn more, or would consider supporting the award financially, contact Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association.

Organizations partnering to support this prize

Each of the collaborating organizations is a major international presence in the statistics profession. Following are brief introductions of each:

The American Statistical Association is the leading authority on statistics in the United States and a prominent organization in the field internationally. Since its founding in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application and dissemination of statistics through advocacy, education, meetings, publications and member programs. Its 19,000 members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination and application of statistics and probability. The institute has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world.

The International Biometric Society is an international society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines. The society welcomes as members statisticians, mathematicians, biological scientists, and others devoted to interdisciplinary efforts in advancing the collection and interpretation of information in the biosciences.

The International Statistical Institute is unmatched in its global reach among statisticians and those interested in the field of statistics. It is an association that links national statistical societies, with special focus on the societies in developing regions of the world. A majority of the world's central bureaus of statistics are represented within the ISI network. Its influence within the international statistical community is supported by the seven ISI Associations—each specialize in a particular area of statistics—and its committees, which are active interest groups.

The Royal Statistical Society is one of the world's most distinguished statistical societies. It is both a learned society for statistics and a professional body for statisticians. The RSS was founded in 1834 as the Statistical Society of London and became the Royal Statistical Society by Royal Charter in 1887. Today, the society has more than 7,000 members around the world. The RSS is active in a wide range of areas both directly and indirectly relevant to the study and application of statistics.

Other statistical societies will soon be given the opportunity to take part in the governance of the International Prize in Statistics.