Colloquium, Trainings, and Events


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    Training Programs in Applied Statistics

    Last updated: April 13, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

    Speaker: UPSS Faculty Members

    Date: May 9, 2018, 8 a.m.

    Venue: Computer Laboratory

    Abstract: N/A

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    The University of the Philippines School of Statistics, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Statistical Center Research Foundation, Inc. (UPSCRFI), is pleased to announce the schedule of Training Seminars in Applied Statistical Analysis for MAY - JUNE 2018.

    The modules in Applied Statistics generally aim to provide the foundation in statistical techniques that are vital in the understanding and application of the quantitative methods employed in the analysis of data (e.g. social science, sales, monetary, financial, and economic data).

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    RESEARCH SUMMIT

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

    Speaker: Research Professionals

    Date: Feb. 5, 2018, 8 a.m.

    Venue: Seminar Room 1

    Abstract: N/A

    The Research Summit is a whole day conference for graduating students composed of plenary and breakout sessions and has the following objectives:
    1. To aid the graduating students in formulating a research problem;
    2. To expose them in different areas of statistical research;
    3. To provide them opportunity to communicate with experts and professionals in different fields; and
    4. To help them understand the process of data collection and research paper writing.

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    The Filipino Poor amidst the TRAIN Law

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 4:21 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Dennis S. Mapa, Dean, UP School of Statistics

    Date: Feb. 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

    Venue: Seminar Room 1

    Abstract: The enactment of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law is foreseen to affect significantly the different sectors of the society. With the expected outcome of imposing new tax rates, it is imperative to assess the impact especially for the vulnerable or the poorest 30 percent of the population. This study sheds light on how the law affects the inflation rate of the poorest 30 percent of households, particularly the impact of a shock to diesel fuel prices. Impact assessment is conducted through the use of econometric models applied to time series data. The effect due to a shock on the inflation rate of the 30 percent poorest households was estimated. Likewise, changes in poverty incidence was simulated. This study will serve as a basis for additional input on how the government can sharpen its targeting process to mitigate the negative impact of TRAIN Law on the welfare of poor households.

    *Seats are limited. Kindly confirm your attendance with Nancy at the Admin Office or through phone at 928 0881 on or before February 27 (Tue).

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    The Impact of News Sentiment on Financial Risk: An Extreme Value Approach

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

    Speaker: Prof. Peter Julian Cayton, Assistant Professor, UP School of Statistics

    Date: March 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

    Venue: Conference Room

    Abstract: Methods of estimating and analysing the impact of news sentiment on the behaviour of prices of financial instruments are proposed, based on the block maxima approach. The methods assume that news sentiment affects the maximum and minimum returns of an instrument through their generalised extreme value distributions. By applying these methods to the stock return data of the S&P500 firms, the predictive ability and accuracy of our methods are assessed from a risk-management perspective. To quantify the impact of news sentiment, we make use of the various sentiment measures from the comprehensive and unique RavenPack® database, which captures more than 1200 types of firm-specific and macroeconomic-specific events. The empirical results suggest that news sentiment has the potential of enhancing the predictive ability of our methods.

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    STATSPEAKS: On Biostatistics

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Corsee Sanders, Executive Vice President, Juno Therapeutics

    Date: March 19, 2018, 4 p.m.

    Venue: Seminar Room 1

    Abstract: N/A

    Dr. Corsee Sanders is the Executive Vice President and Head of Development Operations in Juno Therapeutics. She is responsible for the planning, management, execution, analysis, and reporting of Juno’s clinical trials. Prior to joining Juno, Dr. Sanders was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Operations and Industry Collaborations at Roche Pharmaceuticals, where she also served as Head of Global Biometrics and Development Innovation. Previously, she worked in a number of senior leadership roles at Genentech, Inc., where she was instrumental in the development of some of Genentech’s most successful products, including Herceptin and Avastin. At Genentech, her responsibilities covered a range of functions, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics and outcomes research, data management, medical writing, information technology, and biosample management. Dr. Sanders holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from the University of the Philippines, and received a master’s degree and doctorate in statistics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Adjusting Person Fit Index for Skewness in Cognitive Diagnosis Modeling

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

    Speaker: Prof. Kevin Carl Santos, UPSS

    Date: Nov. 21, 2017, 5 p.m.

    Venue: Colloquium Room (Rm 201)

    Abstract: Because the validity of the diagnostic information generated by cognitive diagnosis models (CDMs) heavily relies on the appropriateness of the estimated attribute profiles, it is indeed imperative to ensure the accurate measurement of students’ test performance to avoid faulty remediation measures. Person fit (PF) evaluation can be conducted to deal with this. Recently, Cui and Li (2015) extended the well-known standardized log-likelihood statistics lZ (Drasgow, Levine & Williams, 1985) to the CDM framework to assess PF. However, its null distribution is found to be negatively skewed. To address this issue, this research applies different ways of adjusting the skewness of lZ in the item response theory context, namely, χ2–approximation (Molenaar & Hoijtink, 1990), Cornish-Fisher expansion (Molenaar & Hoijtink, 1990), and Edgeworth expansion (Bedrick, 1997) to bring its null distribution closer to the standard normal distribution. The performance of these adjusted PF statistics are investigated by calculating their Type I error and detection rates using a simulation study. In addition, Tatsuoka’s (1990) fraction subtraction data is used to demonstrate the application of these PF statistics.

    This research is in collaboration with Dr. Jimmy de la Torre and Dr. Matthias von Davier.
    This study was funded by Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Social Science Council, and University of the Philippines Diliman. Moreover, this research was carried out in part using the CoARE Facility of the DOST-Advance Science and Technology Institute and the Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE) Project.

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    Students of Sir Santos in Stat 194 and Stat 280 are required to attend.

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    Temporary International Labor Migration and Quantum Fertility: Evidence from the Philippines

    Last updated: April 1, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

    Speaker: Mr. Michael Dominic C. del Mundo, University of Southampton ESRC for Population Change

    Date: Oct. 11, 2017, 4 p.m.

    Venue: Colloquium Room (Rm 201)

    Abstract: The paper examines the impact of temporary international labor migration on completed marital fertility using the 2010 Census of Population data from the Philippines. The case of the Philippines is investigated because it is uniquely a major source of male and female labor migrants to over 100 countries in the world. A Two Stage Residual Inclusion Censored Poisson model was used to handle problems of endogeneity and observation censoring. The results provide strong evidence for the negative impact of international labor migration on completed fertility that can be similarly observed for married women with Overseas Filipino Worker spouses and married women who are Overseas Filipino Workers themselves. These women who are exposed to labor migration exhibit approximately 60 percent lower completed fertility compared to women not exposed to labor migration. The negative impact can be attributed to the long and cyclical spousal separations that disrupt couple childbearing and the assimilation and adaptation of destination country low fertility norms. The findings of the paper contribute to the sparse literature on the effect of migration on fertility in sending regions and countries.

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    Elements of Clinical Trials as Illustrated in the MGTX Study

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Immaculada Baltazar Aban

    Date: Nov. 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

    Venue: Colloquium Room (Rm 201)

    Abstract: MGTX Study is the first-ever randomized, blinded controlled study of thymectomy, a surgical treatment for myasthenia gravis, funded by the US National Institute of Neurological Diseases. It took 5 years of planning and 10 years of implementation. We start the talk with some background on myasthenia gravis and a summary of the trial results. We follow this by the statistical issues associated with the development and implementation of the trial. In particular, we discuss the study design, definition of outcomes and sample size estimation. We will also discuss the challenges associated with the data analyses and how they were handled. Finally, we deliberate the critical role of Biostatisticians in clinical trials. This talk will be accessible to both statisticians and non-statisticians who are interested in clinical trials and/or myasthenia gravis.

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    Professorial Chair Lecture

    Last updated: April 3, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

    Speaker: Professorial Chair holders of UPSS

    Date: Dec. 11, 2017, 2 p.m.

    Venue: Room 201

    Abstract: See attached files below for the abstracts.

    Professorial Chair Holders
    DR. DENNIS MAPA - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Sterling Professor of Government and Official Statistics
    DR. JOSELITO MAGADIA - University of the Philippines Centennial Professor of Statistics
    PROF. GENELYN MA. SARTE - Rosario Chew Professor of Statistics
    DR. JOSEPH RYAN LANSANGAN - University of the Philippines Centennial Professor of Statistics
    DR. JOSEFINA ALMEDA - Angeles Buenaventura Professor of Statistics
    PROF. FRANCISCO DE LOS REYES - Sun Life Brilliance Professor of Statistics
    DR. KEVIN CARL SANTOS - University of the Philippines Statistical Center Research Foundation, Inc. Professor of Statistics
    PROF. MANUEL LEONARD ALBIS - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas UP Centennial Professor of Statistics
    PROF. JOHN EUSTAQUIO - Robert Coyiuto Professor of Statistics
    PROF. STEPHEN JUN VILLEJO - Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. Professor of Statistics

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    Colloquium on the Statistical Sciences

    Last updated: April 1, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

    Speaker: Prof. Jimmy de la Torre, University of Hongkong and Prof. Kevin Carl Santos, UP School of Statistics

    Date: Aug. 16, 2017, 4 p.m.

    Venue: UPSS Colloquium Room

    Abstract: N/A

    Please attend.

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