The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the main professional organization for
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s and related professionals in the United States. It was founded in Boston, Massachusetts on November 27, 1839, and is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the US (only the
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, founded in 1781, is older). The ASA services statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of
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across many academic areas and applications. The association publishes a variety of journals and sponsors several international conferences every year.


The organization's mission is to promote good application of statistical science, specifically to: * support excellence in statistical practice, research, journals, and meetings * work for the improvement of statistical education at all levels * promote the proper application of statistics * anticipate and meet member needs * use the discipline of statistics to enhance human welfare * seek opportunities to advance the statistics profession


ASA has about 18,000 members, found in government, academia, and the private sector.


New Fellowships of the ASA are granted annually by the ASA Committee on Fellows. Candidates must have been members for the preceding three years but may be nominated by anyone. The maximum number of recipients each year is one-third of one percent of the ASA membership.

Organizational structure

ASA is organized in Sections, Chapters and Committees. Chapters are arranged geographically, representing 78 areas across the US and
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. An example of an early and large chapter is the SoCalASA. Sections are subject-area and industry-area interest groups covering 22 sub-disciplines. ASA has more than 60 committees coordinating meetings, publications, education, careers, and special-interest topics involving statisticians.

Accredited Professional Statistician

, the ASA offers the Accredited Professional Statistician status (PStat), to members who meet the ASA's credentialing requirements, which include an advanced degree in statistics or related quantitative field, five years of documented experience, and evidence of professional competence. A list of current members with PStat status is available. The ASA also offers the Graduate Statistician status (GStat) as of April 2014. It serves as a preparatory accreditation suitable for graduate students.


The ASA publishes several
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'' (JASA) *'' The American Statistician'' (TAS) *'' Journal of Business & Economic Statistics'' (JBES) *'' Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics'' (JABES) *'' Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics'' (JCGS) *''
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'' (TECH) Online-only journals: *'' Journal of Statistics Education'' (JSE) *'' Journal of Statistical Software'' (JSS) The ASA co-sponsors the ''
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'' (CIS) Quarterly magazine: '' Chance'' The monthly magazine for members ''Amstat News'' is available online. Historical publications include: * Edward Jarvis, William Brigham and John Wingate Thornton, ''Memorial of the American Statistical Association Praying the Adoption of Measures for the Correction of Errors in the Census'', 1844 * Publications of the American Statistical Association, 1888-1919 (Vols. 1-16) and Quarterly Publications of the American Statistical Association, 1920-1921


Meetings provide a platform for scholars and practitioners to exchange research, job opportunities and ideas with each other. ASA holds an annual meeting called
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(JSM), a conference on statistical methodologies and applications called Spring Research Conference (SRC), Conference on Statistical Practice (CSP), and sponsors multiple international meetings and special-interest group meetings.

See also

American Mathematical Society The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is an association of professional mathematicians dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, and serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings ...
COPSS Presidents' Award The COPSS Presidents' Award is given annually by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies to a young statistician in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics. The COPSS Presidents' Award is generally ...
Fellows of the American Statistical Association Fellows may refer to Fellow, in plural form. Fellows or Fellowes may also refer to: Places *Fellows, California, USA *Fellows, Wisconsin, ghost town, USA Other uses *Fellows Auctioneers, established in 1876. * Fellowes, Inc., manufacturer of work ...
* President of the American Statistical Association * Statistics Without Borders (SWB)


External links

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