Welcome to the 2015 RSS Statistical Analytics Challenge!

UPDATE (4:30pm, 27 July 2015): And the winner is…

The prizewinning entries in the 2015 RSS Challenge have just been announced!


“RSS Challenge 2015: Modeling Eye Fixations” by Eoin Devane / Helge Dietert / Henry Jackson / Adam Kashlak (The Cambridge Regressors), Cambridge Centre for Analysis, University of Cambridge.


“Easy on the eyes – A spatio-temporal analysis of eye movement” by Charlotte Jones-Todd / Tiago A. Marques / Yuan Yuan / N. Benjamin Erichson (Team CREEMinals), Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews.

Many congratulations to both teams!


UPDATE (4pm, 6 May 2015): The 2015 RSS Challenge is now live! Please click on the tab labelled “THE 2015 CHALLENGE” for full details.

The Young Statisticians Section & Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society are delighted to be able to announce the second 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 crowned the 2015 RSS Challenge Winners. Has your team got what it takes to triumph…?

Sounds intriguing – how does it work?

The 2015 Challenge brief – to be unveiled at 4pm on Wednesday 6 May 2015 – 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 2015, 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!


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

Rules and key dates

The Challenge goes live on Wednesday 6 May 2015, with the competition brief being released exclusively on this website.

At the end of the Challenge, the submission deadline for final reports will be 6pm BST (5pm GMT) on Friday 19 June 2015.

To read the full rules of the Challenge, click on the CHALLENGE RULES tab above.

To see a complete list of key dates, click on the TIMELINE tab.

Any questions?

Please email Orlaith at rsschallenge2015@gmail.com if you have any queries relating to the 2015 Challenge.

Further details on the RSS 2015 Conference in Exeter can be found here.

About our sponsors


Select Statistics is a full service statistical consultancy company offering a range of statistical research, analysis and training as well as data collection and management services. Based in Exeter, they also operate a national network of freelance statistical consultants to complement their own in-house statistical expertise. To find out more about more about working with Select and the services that they offer, visit their website – www.select-statistics.co.uk