(by Christian Robert)
Another early day at JSM 2011, with a series of appointments at the Loews Hotel, whose only public outcome is that the vignettes on Bayesian statistics I called for in a previous post could end up being published in Statistical Science… I still managed to go back to the conference centre (almost) in time for Chris Holmes’ talk. Although I am sure Julien will be much more detailed about this Medallion Lecture talk, let me say that this was a very enjoyable and informative talk about the research Chris has brilliantly conducted so far! I like very much the emphasis on decision-theory, subjective Bayesianism, and hidden Markov models, while the application section was definitely impressive in the scope of the problems handled and the rich outcome of Chris’ statistical analyses, especially in connection with cancer issues…
In the afternoon I attended a Bayesian non-parametric session, before joining many others for the COPSS Awards session, where the awards were given to
- COPSS: Nilanjan Chatterjee, National Cancer Institute,
- F.N. Dawid: Marie Davidian, North Carolina State University,
- G.W. Snedecor: Nilanjan Chatterjee, National Cancer Institute,
- R.A. Fisher Lecture: Jeff Wu, Georgia Tech. University,
seeing the same person Nilanjan Chatterjee being awarded two rewards twice for the first time.