[R] 2003 Chambers Software Competition [fwd]

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Oct 23 16:18:00 CEST 2002

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 It belongs here too. I've set "Reply-To" L.Galway, as for the S-news one.
 Thank you very much, John Chambers! 
 Martin Maechler, R-help list moderator

		John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award
		Statistical Computing Section
		American Statistical Association
The Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical Association
announces the competition for the John M. Chambers Statistical Software
Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing Machinery  presented its
Software System Award to John Chambers for the design and development of S.
Dr. Chambers generously donated his award to the Statistical Computing
Section to endow an annual prize for statistical software written by an
undergraduate or graduate student.  The prize carries with it a cash award
of $ 1000, plus a substantial allowance for travel to the annual Joint
Statistical Meetings where the award will be presented.
To be eligible, an entrant must have designed and implemented a piece of
statistical software.  The applicant must have begun the development while a
student, and must either currently be a student, or have completed all
requirements for the last degree earned after January 1, 2000.  To apply for
the award, entrants must provide the following materials:
	A current CV.
	A letter from a faculty mentor at their academic institution.  The
letter should confirm that the software is the work of the student, certify
the student status of the entrant when the software began to be developed
(and either the  current student status and the date of degree completion),
and briefly discuss the importance of the software to statistical practice.
	A brief, one to two page description of the software, summarizing
what it does, how it does it, and why it is an important contribution.  If
the entrant has continued developing the software after finishing their
studies, the description should indicate what was developed when the entrant
was a student and what has been added since.
	Access to the software by the award committee for their use on
inputs of their choosing.  Access to the software can consist of an
executable file, Web-based access, macro code, or other appropriate form.
Access should be accompanied by enough information to allow the judges to
effectively use and evaluate the software.  This information can be provided
in a variety of ways, including but not limited to a user manual (paper or
electronic), a paper, a URL, online help to the system, and source code.  In
particular, the entrant must be prepared to provide complete source code for
inspection by the committee if requested.
All materials must be in English.  We prefer that electronic text be
submitted in Postscript or PDF.  The entries will be judged on a variety of
dimensions, including the importance and relevance for statistical practice
of the tasks performed by the software, ease of use, clarity of description,
elegance and availability for use by the statistical community. Preference
will be given to those entries that are grounded in software design rather
than calculation.  The decision of the award committee is final.
All application materials must be received by 5:00pm PST, Thursday, February
28, 2003 at the address below.  The winner will be announced in the spring
of 2003 and the award will be given at the 2003 Joint Statistical Meetings.
Information on the competition can also be accessed on the website of the
Statistical Computing Section (www.statcomputing.org), including the names
and contributions of previous winners.  A current pointer to the section
website is also available from the ASA website at www.amstat.org. Inquiries
and application materials should be emailed or mailed to:
                Chambers Software Award
                c/o Lionel Galway
                The RAND Corporation
                1700 Main St.
                Santa Monica, CA 90407
                Lionel_Galway at rand.org <mailto:Lionel_Galway at rand.org>

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