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Rob Hyndman is a Professor of Statistics at Monash University, Australia. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting and author of over 100 research papers in statistical science. He also maintains an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organizations. His recent consulting work has involved forecasting electricity demand, tourism demand, the Australian government health budget and case volume at a US call centre. Rob J is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 46 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Forecasting Research Grants: Deadline Extended to October 26

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The Inter­na­tional Insti­tute of Fore­cast­ers and SAS have an annual research grant scheme that has been offered for the past ten years.  The amounts offered are small (a total of $10K per year, usu­ally split between 2 or 3 projects), but it might be use­ful for young researchers want­ing a bit of fund­ing to help with their fore­cast­ing research. The dead­line for 2012 has just been extended to 26 Octo­ber, which is a sure sign that they don’t have enough appli­ca­tions yet.

A list of pre­vi­ous projects that have received fund­ing is pro­vided to give some idea of the type of research they like to support.

For some rea­son that I do not under­stand, they link to Scott Armstrong’s list of “research needs” from more than ten years ago although the sup­ported projects do not seem to have much to do with Scott’s ideas of what is impor­tant. Frankly, I don’t think telling peo­ple what research areas are impor­tant is very help­ful. The best research comes about when peo­ple are curi­ous and pas­sion­ate, and take a sur­pris­ingly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive from those who have gone before.


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