Norwegian Statistical Association

The Norwegian Statistical Association

The Norwegian Statistical Association (Norsk statistisk forening) was founded as a club for statisticians on 7 January 1919. This club became the Norwegian Statistical Association when it adopted more professional and broader aims on 28 April 1936. The Association was set up to provide a means of having Norwegian statisticians connect with each other. It also aimed to encourage statistical research through its work and to provide a professional organisation which would assist Norwegian statisticians in their careers.

The aims of the Association are set out as follows:

(i) To provide a link between Norwegian statisticians and to support their professional, academic and commercial interests.

(ii) To promote contacts between statisticians and those interested in applying statistics.

(iii) To spread knowledge of, and interest in, statistics in the community and in schools.

(iv) To facilitate the exchange of information and to encourage cooperation between Nordic statisticians.

(v) To promote contacts between Norwegian statisticians and the international statistical community.

To achieve these aims the Association published a magazine called Tilfeldig Gang (Random Walk). The first part of Volume 1 appeared in April 1984. The language of the magazine is Norwegian. The magazine states:
All contributions to the magazine are welcome, whether they concern new topics of interest to Norwegian statisticians, or you have comments on posts that have already been published in the magazine.
The Norwegian Statistical Association is one of four organisations, the other three being in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, that cooperate in publishing the high quality research journal, the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics. The other three societies are the Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics, the Finnish Statistical Society and the Swedish Statistical Society. The journal began publication in 1974 and the journal has the following overview, aims and scope:
Overview.
Recognised as a leading journal in its field, the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics is an international publication devoted to reporting significant and innovative original contributions to statistical methodology, both theory and applications. The journal specialises in statistical modelling showing particular appreciation of the underlying substantive research problems.

Aims and Scope.
(i) The Scandinavian Journal of Statistics is internationally recognised as one of the leading statistical journals in the world. It was founded in 1974 by four Scandinavian statistical societies. Today more that eighty per cent of the manuscripts are submitted from outside Scandinavia.

(ii) It is an international journal devoted to reporting significant and innovative original contributions to statistical methodology, both theory and applications.

(iii) The journal specialises in statistical modelling showing particular appreciation of the underlying substantive research problems.

(iv) The emergence of specialised methods for analysing longitudinal and spatial data is just one example of an area of important methodological development in which the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics has a particular niche.

The Association consists of a main society and three local societies in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

In 2007 the Norwegian Statistical Association set up the Sverdrup Prize to be awarded every second year to a statistician, either in the theoretical area or in applied statistics. There are actually two awards, one to a leading researcher in statistics, the other to a young statistician under the age of 40 who has published a high quality paper in a leading journal. The first awards were made in 2009. It is named for Erling Sverdrup who was the professor of mathematical statistics and insurance mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at Oslo University from 1953 to 1984. The Norwegian Statistical Association has a meeting at the Norwegian Statistical Conference held every two years and usually the Sverdrup Prize is awarded at this conference.

For a list of winners of the Sverdrup Prize and more details about Erling Sverdrup, see THIS LINK.


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