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Notice to Readers: Symposium on Statistical Methods

Statisticians, epidemiologists, and others with an interest in the application of statistical methods to public health are invited to participate in the eighth biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods. The symposium is sponsored by CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and will be held January 23--24, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for the symposium is "Issues Associated With Complicated Designs and Data Structures." A short course on a related topic will be offered on January 22, 2001, in conjunction with the symposium.

The symposium will include invited speakers and contributed papers. Authors can submit abstracts for contributed papers related to one or more of the session content areas listed below:

  • Modeling and analysis of complicated data structures, including techniques for correlated, spatial, clustered, longitudinal, survey, environmental, and genetic data; repeated measures; empirical Bayes methods; medical errors; and hierarchical and causal modeling.
  • Issues related to sparse and massive data sets, including missing values, limits of detection, low dosages or exposures, low response rates, noncompliance, rare conditions, and methods for large (number of observations or variables) data sets.
  • Data collection and storage, including questionnaire and survey design, the use of data registries and surveillance systems, and database design.
  • Use of software for exploratory and automated techniques, including data mining, multivariate adaptive regression splines, classification and regression trees, and signal/aberration detection.

Abstracts will be considered for either oral or poster presentation and must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2000. Authors of papers accepted for either oral or poster presentation will be notified by September 30, 2000. All accepted papers will be considered for publication in a dedicated issue of Statistics in Medicine. Registration, abstract information, forms, and additional information regarding the scientific content of the symposium are available on the World-Wide Web at; by mail to 2001 CDC and ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods, 4770 Buford Highway N.E., Mailstop K-21, Atlanta, GA 30341; telephone (770) 488-5185; fax (770) 488-5967; or e-mail to

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