Global Award

Introducing the award

This is a new, annual award being held for the first time in 2013.

Initiated during the International Year of Statistics 2013, the award will recognize a research article or book published within the last three decades that has had profound influence on statistical theory; methodology; practice; or applications. The prize has also the purpose of honoring the vast contributions of Karl Pearson, a mathematician, philosopher and a key figure in the development of Mathematical Statistics. The Prize will be awarded biennially at the ISI World Statistics Congress and consists of a cash award and travel support.


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Winners

The inaugural Karl Pearson Prize is awarded to Peter McCullagh and John Nelder1 for their monograph Generalized Linear Models (1983).


2013 Winners

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Peter McCullagh is the John D. Macarthur Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, USA.

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John Nelder

John Nelder (1924-2010) was among the most influential statisticians of his time. He made pioneering contributions to statistical theory, computational methods, design of experiments, and data analysis. John Nelder passed away in August 2010.

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Generalized Linear Models has changed forever teaching, research and practice in statistics. It provides a unified and self-contained treatment of linear models for analyzing continuous, binary, count, categorical, survival, and other types of data, and illustrates the methods on applications from different areas. The monograph is based on several groundbreaking papers, including “Generalized linear models,” by Nelder and Wedderburn, JRSS-A (1972), “Quasi-likelihood functions, generalized linear models, and the Gauss-Newton method,” by Wedderburn, Biometrika (1974), and “Regression models for ordinal data,” by P. McCullagh, JRSS-B (1980).

The implementation of GLM was greatly facilitated by the development of GLIM, the interactive statistical package, by Baker and Nelder. In his review of the GLIM3 release and its manual in JASA 1979 (pp. 934-5), Peter McCullagh wrote that "It is surprising that such a powerful and unifying tool should not have achieved greater popularity after six or more years of existence.” The collaboration between McCullagh and Nelder has certainly remedied this issue and has resulted in a superb treatment of the subject that is accessible to researchers, graduate students, and practitioners.

The prize will be presented on August 27, 2013 at the ISI World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong and will be followed by the Karl Pearson Lecture by Peter McCullagh.

Background

Initiated during the International Year of Statistics 2013, the award will recognize a research article or book published within the last three decades that has had profound influence on statistical theory; methodology; practice; or applications. The prize has also the purpose of honoring the vast contributions of Karl Pearson, a mathematician, philosopher and a key figure in the development of Mathematical Statistics. The Prize will be awarded biennially at the ISI World Statistics Congress and consists of a cash award and travel support.

Criteria

The award recognizes a research article or book published within the last three decades that has had profound influence on statistical theory; methodology; practice; or applications

  • An article or book published on or after January 1, 1983;
  • A stand-alone research contribution that has had major influence in one or more of the following:

- Statistical theory
- Statistical methodology
- Statistical practice
- Application areas

Applicants have to submit a form and send to the ISI office at CBS.

Award and Ceremony

The award consists of a cash award of 5,000 Euros, and the winner will present the Karl Pearson Lecture at the World Statistics Congress (WSC). If the contribution has multiple authors, the cash prize will be divided equally, and travel support, up to 5,000 Euros will be provided for one of the authors to attend the WSC and present the lecture.