CSH Talk by Frank Pijpers “Next-generation official statistics from complexity science”

May 02, 2023 | 15:0016:00

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Frank Pijpers  (Statistics Netherlands) will present his talk on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 3 PM at Room 201.


Title: Next-generation official statistics from complexity science



The global sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations provide a number of challenges for all member states if they are to meet all of those goals. It is generally accepted that merely claiming success is not good enough. So national statistical institutes (NSIs) worldwide are being tasked with monitoring progress as part of their official publications. Many SDGs are closely related to emergent trends and phenomena of societies that find their origin in closely interrelated processes at the ‘microscale’ of individual people, households, businesses, etc. In order to better understand the trade-offs and synergies between all of the SDGs that humanity has collectively set itself, it is important for NSIs to go beyond the merely phenomenological practice of reporting standard tables, charts, and maps. This talk will discuss some progress in applying concepts from complexity science to official statistics that should eventually lead to “causality-based policy making”.



Prof. Dr. Frank P. Pijpers is an astrophysicist by training, who worked for a number of years at Queen Mary University (London, UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Imperial College (London, UK). He is the author of a monograph “Methods in helio- and asteroseismology”. After a brief period working for the UK Government Operational Research Service, he moved back to the Netherlands and has now worked for over a decade at Statistics Netherlands, currently in the position of senior methodologist, and has recently also taken up a professorship by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam in the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics. The subject of this professorial chair is “Complexity for official statistics”.



Location: Room 201



If you would like to attend the talk, please send an email to office@csh.ac.at


May 02, 2023


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