Past winners and finalists of the Significance/YSS writing competition

If you are thinking of entering our annual writing competition for early-career statisticians, we recommend you read articles from past winners and finalists to get a sense of the style of writing and storytelling that judges are looking for.

Below is a list of published articles from previous years' competitions.

2018

Winner: Cooking up statistics: The science and the art by Letisha Smith

Finalist: Preventing cancer: mere rhetoric or a promising plan? by Mats Julius Stensrud and Morten Valberg

2017

Winner: We, the millennials: The statistical significance of political significance by Kevin Lin

Finalist: The Promise: When truth overshadows power by Levon Demirdjian

Finalist: A time to kill: Great British serial killers by Charlotte Moragh Jones-Todd

2016

Winner: The frequency of “America” in America by Adam B. Kashlak

Finalist: Queen Elizabeth II - an extreme event monarch? by Anastasia Frantsuzova

2015

Winner: Warren Buffett: Oracle or orang‐utan? by James Skeffington

Finalist: The Great British Bayes-off: How much difference (statistically) does a soggy bottom make? by Annie Herbert

Finalist: The joy of clustering by Samantha Tyner

2014

Winner: Does New York City really have as many rats as people? by Jonathan Auerbach

Finalist: Does Christmas really come earlier every year? by Nathan Cunningham

Finalist: Do NHS records reflect patient ethnicity? by Katie Saunders

2013

Winners: GUESTimation: Breaking the deadlock on wedding guest lists by Damjan Vukcevic

Finalist: Uncertainties in climate models: Living with uncertainty in an uncertain world by Lindsay Lee

2012

Winner: What's the point of a point estimate?: Why statistics lectures confuse students by Danielle Morris

Finalist: Listening to uncertainty: Information that sings by Ethan Brown and Nick Bearman

Finalist: Side‐effects in antidepressants: The drug or the disease? by Linda Wijlaars

Finalist: What Petri dishes have to do with your research by Douglas VanDerweken