UPDATE (4 Aug 2014):


Congratulations to the following two teams who have won prizes in this year’s RSS Challenge:


Overall Winner:

“Long-Range Spatiotemporal Dependence in fMRI Imaging Data”

Team UCLStats (Beate Franke, Sam Livingstone, Alfredo Kalaitzis) University College London and (Michael Betancourt) Warwick University


Highly Commended Runner-Up:

“Effect of smoothing halfwidth on estimated network structure in single-subject fMRI data”

Team SODA (Chris Brignell, Phillip Paine, Wilhelm Braun, Heather Pettitt), University of Nottingham


These teams will be invited to present their findings at the YSS and Research Section Statistical Analytics Challenge Session at the RSS 2014 conference in Sheffield on Wednesday 3 September 2014. These teams will also receive written feedback on their work from the Assessment Panel. The winning entry will also be considered for publication in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C.

Many thanks to all of those from around the world who accepted the Challenge! Congratulations once again to our winners – we look forward to seeing their presentations in Sheffield.

See you all next year for the 2015 RSS Statistical Analytics Challenge!


UPDATE (12 June 2014):

The deadline for submission is 16:00 BST (15:00 GMT) on Friday 20 June.

Reports should be submitted via email to rsschallenge2014@gmail.com.

Emails received after the deadline will not be accepted. Please make sure that your team name (and not the names of the participants) is clearly visible on the front page of the report.

Remember: Final reports should be in the form of a short journal article, no longer than 5 single-column pages, single spaced Times New Roman font size 12. All tables and figures should be included in this page count. Supplementary documents are not permitted.


UPDATE (16 May 2014):

Teams wishing to receive feedback on their draft reports must submit them by Wednesday 28 May, 12pm GMT (1pm BST). Please click on “TIMELINE” in the navigation menu for a list of all key dates.


UPDATE (6 May 2014):

The Challenge is now live! Please click on “THE 2014 CHALLENGE” in the navigation menu to access the brief (pdf format).


The Young Statisticians Section & Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society are proud to present the very first RSS Statistical Analytics Challenge, sponsored by Select Statistics.

This spring, teams of intrepid analysts from across the globe will battle it out over six weeks in the ultimate test of analytic skill, teamwork and creativity, in the hope of being named the 2014 RSS Challenge Winners. Has your team got what it takes to triumph…?

Sounds intriguing… how does it work?

The 2014 Challenge brief – to be unveiled on Tuesday 6 May – will set out an open-ended research question related to a large and complex data set. The goal is for each team to collaboratively explore and analyse the data, and submit a short report summarising their key findings and recommendations.

The top three teams will be invited to present their results in a special session at the RSS Annual Conference in September 2014, with day-registration fees for the winning team members covered as part of the award.

What’s more, all entries received will be given detailed feedback by a team of experienced statisticians from the RSS Research Section, and submissions of sufficient methodological quality will be considered for publication in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series C.

So, what are you waiting for? Assemble your team-mates, embrace the competitive spirit… and accept the Challenge!

Key dates

Team registration is now open! See the REGISTER HERE tab in the navigation menu above for details.

To read the rules of the Challenge (released on Monday 28 April 2014), please click on the CHALLENGE RULES tab.

The Challenge goes live on Tuesday 6 May 2014, with the competition brief being released exclusively on this website.

At the end of the Challenge, the submission deadline for final reports will be 4pm (BST) on Friday 20 June 2014.


Any questions?

Please get in touch at rsschallenge2014@gmail.com if you have any queries relating to the 2014 Challenge.

Further details on the RSS 2014 Conference in Sheffield can be found here.


About our Sponsors


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