News on the International Year of Statistics

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

LDI is a supporter of the International Year of Statistics. The following are some updates on this distributed international activity.

Please check the announcements page ( to read about plans for International Year of Statistics celebrations.

While you are online, take a look at the activities page ( You'll see there is already at least one activity every month during 2013.

Participate in the international video contest to help launch the worldwide celebration of the positive impact of statistical science.

We invite videos of four minutes in length or less that illustrate:

  • how statistics impacts individual lives, improves society, or in general makes the world more a better place
  • how statistical thinking can be brought to bear on important issues of our day
  • interesting careers in statistics (tell the world why your job in statistics is a great job, or why it is interesting and fun to be a statistician)

Cash prizes of $250-$1000 US will be offered for the best videos, with special prizes for the best videos by a person or persons 18 years of age or less and the best non-English language videos. (Providing us with a written translation or providing English subtitles would be especially helpful.)

Entries will be judged on their statistical content and their entertainment value. All submissions must be the original design and creation of the entrants and must not infringe anyone else's copyright protections. Submissions must be posted on YouTube with a link sent to Tom Short, chair of the Statistics2013 Video Contest review committee,, by October 31, 2012.

Winning and honorable mention videos will be posted on the International Year of Statistics website throughout 2013.