Keynote Session – Danny Pfeffermann

Chair: Valentin Patilea

Professor Danny Pfeffermann is the National Statistician and Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel. He is also Professor of statistics at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Professor Pfeffermann is a past President of the Israel Statistical Society and past President of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS). For the last 20 years, he serves also as a consultant for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Professor Pfeffermann is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). He received the Waksberg award for “outstanding contributions to survey methodology” in 2011, the Hansen lecture award in 2014 and the Roy memorial lecture award in 2015. Professor Pfeffermann ’s main research areas are analytic inference from complex sample surveys, seasonal adjustment and trend estimation, small area estimation, and Inference under informative sampling, with applications to observational studies and nonresponse. He published many articles in leading statistical journals and co-edited with Professor C.R. Rao the two-volume handbook “Sample Surveys”, published by North-Holland.

Estimation of Design Mean Square Error in Small Area Estimation

Traditional MSE estimators in small area estimation account for all sources of variation, including in particular the distribution of the target population parameters (the random effects) under the assumed model. Often, however, users of the small area predictors prefer the MSE estimators to condition on the true unknown population values, such that they only account […]

Discussant: J. N. K. Rao