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1504.0 - Methodological News, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/09/2008   
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Recent External Visitors to MDMD

MDMD has attracted several external visitors over the past few months. The visitors gave seminars and met with ABS staff to discuss a range of topics. The recent visitors include:

  • Prof. Dominique Haughton, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bentley College, on June 16. Dominique's interests include applied statistics, analysis of living standard surveys, data mining and model selection. Dominique visited the ABS to discuss housing affordability and financial stress, small area estimation and living conditions. She has a special interest in the analyses of health, wealth and living standards in Vietnam. She presented a seminar on 'Multilevel Models and Small Area Estimation in the Context of Vietnam's Living Standards Surveys'.
  • Paul Cowie from Statistics New Zealand, on July 7-8. Paul presented a seminar on 'Assessing the Feasibility of Automatic Matching between the New Zealand Census and Post Enumeration Survey'. Paul also met with ABS staff to discuss data linking methods, the post enumeration survey and microdata access.
  • Barbara Clendon from Statistics New Zealand, on July 7-10. Barbara has worked in the Statistical Methods Division for the past five years, with most of her work being on time series analysis. During her visit, Barbara discussed the ANZSIC06 implementation, moving holiday corrections, use of administration data, data integration and data linkage software.
  • Dr Fiona Steele from the Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol, on July 7- 9. Fiona's research interests include multilevel modelling, event history analysis, structural equation modelling and their application to social science problems particularly in demography. Fiona presented a seminar on 'Multilevel Models for Longitudinal Data'. Fiona also met with ABS staff to discuss a range of methodological and subject matter topics including family patterns and community relationships, population and fertility issues, data linking and mortality studies and event history analysis.
  • Dr Jerry Reiter, Assistant Professor of Statistical Science at the Department of Statistical Science, Duke University, on July 29. Jerry's research interests include data confidentiality, imputation, survey methodology, causal inference and their applications to social science and public policy. During his visit, Jerry gave a presentation on 'Protecting Confidentiality in Public Use Data Via Multiple Imputation' at the monthly meeting of the Canberra Branch of the Statistics Society (SSAI). Jerry also presented a seminar in ABS on multiple imputation and met with staff to discuss microdata access, synthetic microdata and imputation.
  • Dr Nick Longford from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, on August 26. Nick's research interests include small area estimation, imputation, house price indexes, survey design and outlier correction. During his visit, Nick gave a presentation on 'Small Area Estimation with Spatial Similarity' at the monthly meeting of the Canberra Branch of the SSAI. He also met with ABS staff to discuss model versus design-based small area estimation, house price indexes and outlier correction.

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