2016 SØREN BISGAARD AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The ASQ Statistics Division is proud to announce that the Søren Bisgaard award was presented at this year’s Fall Technical Conference. The award recognizes the paper in the ASQ journal, Quality Engineering (QE), with the “greatest potential for advancing the practice of quality improvement”.

Søren Bisgaard, Isenberg Professor of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, died in Boston on December 14, 2009, after a year-long struggle against mesothelioma. Bisgaard was an expert on quality management and applied statistics who had an international reputation. He was recognized for his work and granted several awards, including the Ellis R. Ott Award (1990), the Wilcoxon Prize (1998), the Shewell Award (1981 and 1987), the Brumbaugh Award (1987, 1995, and 2008), the Shewhart Medal (2002), and the George Box Award (2004). He was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and American Society for Quality and an academician of the International Academy for Quality. Søren was a strong advocate of quality improvement and was for many years the author of the “Quality Quandaries” column in QE.

This year, the Søren Bisgaard Award was presented to Rick Picard, Michael S. Hamada, Geralyn M. Hemphill, and Robert E. Hackenberg for their outstanding paper “Accounting for Nonrandomly Sampled Data in Nonlinear Regression”, published in Volume 27, Issue 2. Rick Picard attended the Fall Technical Conference in October in Minneapolis to receive the plaque.

The abstract for the award winning paper reads as follows:

We analyze data that are “cherry picked” (i.e., nonrandomly sampled) from a population and are then used for regression modeling and prediction. Nonrandom data are encountered in numerous situations, and the application of standard statistical methods developed for random samples can easily lead to incorrect conclusions. A case study is presented to illustrate the related issues, as well as the repercussions of erroneously ignoring the nonrandom sampling.

This paper has been given Open Access by the publisher through September 2017 and can be accessed at the following link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08982112.2014.933979

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