P.Mean: What is the premier conference for statistical consulting (created 2010-05-28).

Someone asked what the premier conference for statistical consulting. That's a rather ambiguous question, because different people will interpret terms like "premier conference" and "statistical consulting" differently. The answer, however, is pretty unambiguous. In North America, it would have to be the Joint Statistics Meetings (JSM).

The annual meeting of the Eastern North America Region of the International Biometric Society (ENAR) is a distant second. I have never attended meetings held by the Western North America Region of the International Biometric Society (WNAR), but I suspect it is comparable to ENAR. There may be specialty conferences that might be better for particular niche areas. KSU, for example, has a nice yearly conference about Statistics in Agriculture. The yearly Interface of Computing Science and Statistics symposium is great for consultants who are heavily into the computing issues. You could go on and on for each different statistical specialty, but for all-around general statistical consulting, you can't do any better than JSM.

I can't say what would be the best choice in other parts of the world, though I would suspect that conferences sponsored by the International Biometric Society (IBS) would be very good choices.

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