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Royal Statistical Society
Variant: RSS The Royal Statistical Society has about 6 500 members across the world. It is the earliest established of all the world's Statistics societies, having been founded as the Statistical Society of London by Babbage and others in 1834. The stated purposes of the RSS include: (i) to nurture the discipline of Statistics by publishing a journal, organizing meetings, setting and maintaining professional standards, accrediting university courses and operating examinations, (ii) to promote the discipline of Statistics by disseminating and encouraging statistical knowledge and good practice among producers and consumers of Statistics and in society at large. The Society publishes the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (currently in three series, A, B, and C).
The Society awards the Guy Medal in Gold to persons 'judged to have merited a signal mark of distinction by reason of their innovative contributions to the theory or application of Statistics'.
- http://www.rss.org.uk/ -- Society home page.
he Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is a learned society for statistics and a professional body for statisticians in the UK.
HistoryIt was founded in 1834 as the Statistical Society of London (LSS), though a perhaps unrelated London Statistical Society was in existence at least as early as 1824. At that time there were many provincial statistics societies throughout Britain, but most have not survived. The Manchester Statistical Society (which is older than the LSS) is a notable exception. The associations were formed with the object of gathering information about society. It was many decades before mathematics was regarded as part of the statistical project.
Key figuresInstrumental in founding the LSS were Richard Jones, Charles Babbage, Adolphe Quetelet, William Whewell and Thomas Malthus. Among its famous members was Florence Nightingale, who was the society's first female member in 1858. Stella Cunliffe was the first female preseident. Other notable RSS presidents have included William Beveridge, Ronald Fisher, Harold Wilson and David Cox: see also Presidents of the Royal Statistical Society. The current president is Valerie Isham.
Royal CharterThe LSS became the RSS (Royal Statistical Society) by Royal Charter in 1887, and merged with the Institute of Statisticians in 1993. Today the society has 7,200 members around the world, of whom some 1,500 are professionally qualified, with the status of Chartered Statistician (CStat). In January 2009, the RSS received Licensed Body status within the UK Science Council, and since February 2009 Chartered Statisticians have been able to apply for Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.
Unusually among professional societies, all members of the RSS are known as "Fellows" — fellowship is nowadays not usually used as a post-nominal mark of distinction. However, before the 1993 merger with the Institute of Statisticians, Fellows did often use the post-nominal letters FSS. This merger enabled the Society to take on the role of a professional body as well as that of a learned society; use of the unearned FSS qualification was viewed as inappropriate and strongly discouraged, and it became less common.
The post-nominal letters FRSS are sometimes seen, but this is a simple mistake.
StructureThe RSS has premises, including offices and meeting rooms, situated in the London Borough of Islington close to the boundary with the City of London, between Old Street and Barbican stations.
The Society has twenty-two local groups in the UK, together with a variety of topic-related sections and study groups. Each of these sections and groups organizes lectures and seminars on statistical topics.
The University of Plymouth was selected by the Royal Statistical Society in October 2008 to become the host institution for its Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) from August 2009.
FunctionThe Society has been particularly engaged with the passage of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, having long argued for legislation on statistics.
EventsThe RSS organises an annual conference; the three most recent being held at the University of Nottingham in September 2008, the University of Edinburgh in September 2009, at which the Society's 175th anniversary was celebrated, and September 2010 in Brighton. The Society awards Guy Medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze, in honour of William Guy.
The RSS team reached the finals of University Challenge: The Professionals 2006, where they were beaten 230 to 125 by a team from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
PublicationsJournal of the Royal Statistical Society, which currently consists of three separate series of journals whose contents include papers presented at Ordinary Meetings of the Society, namely Series A (Statistics in Society), Series B (Statistical Methodology) and Series C (Applied Statistics), as well as a general audience magazine called Significance published in conjunction with the American Statistical Association.
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- ^ Aldrich, J. (2010) "Mathematics in the London/Royal Statistical Society 1834-1934", Electronic Journ@l for History of Probability and Statistics, 6, (1).
- ^ "First woman RSS president, Stella Cunliffe, dies - RSSeNEWS". Royal Statistical Society. 26 January, 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. "It is with sadness that we report that Stella Cunliffe, who was our first woman president, has died at the age of 95."
- ^ Professional membership pages on the RSS website: http://www.rss.org.uk/site/cms/contentChapterView.asp?Chapter=11 and http://www.rss.org.uk/site/cms/contentviewarticle.asp?article=495
- RSS Official website
- MacTutor: The Royal Statistical Society
- Scholarly Societies Project: RSS
- The Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education