American Statistical Association

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the main professional organization for statisticians 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 U.S. behind the Massachusetts Medical Society, founded in 1781). ASA services statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics 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:[1]

  • 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


As of 2022, the ASA membership exceeds 19,000 professionals found in government, academia, and the private sector.[2]

Corporate supporters[edit]

Organizational members and corporate supporters of the ASA include AstraZeneca, Merck & Co., the National Security Agency, Pfizer, RTI International, StataCorp and Westat.[3]

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion[edit]

In November 2018, ASA Board of Directors approved a code of conduct statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). It was reviewed and updated by ASA BOD in 2019, 2021, and most recently in 2023.[4]

In June 2020, the R. A. Fisher Award and Lectureship was changed to COPSS Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship. The change follows discussions about Fisher's views on race and eugenics.[5]

In 2021, ASA established the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Outreach Group, known as the JEDI Outreach Group.[6][7]


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.[8]

Organizational structure[edit]

ASA is organized in Sections, Chapters and Committees. Chapters are arranged geographically, representing 78 areas across the US and Canada. 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[edit]

As of April 2010, 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.[9] To apply for continuing accreditation, PStat members are expected to complete 60 hours of professional development activities each year.[10]

The ASA also offers the Graduate Statistician status (GStat) as of April 2014.[11] It serves as a preparatory accreditation suitable for graduate students.

A list of PStat and GStat accredited members is available on the ASA website.[12]


The ASA publishes several scientific journals:

Online-only journals:

Co-Published journals:

The ASA co-sponsors the Current Index to Statistics (CIS)

The monthly magazine for members Amstat News is available online[13] and features first-person statistician stories called My ASA Story. Based on the monthly column in AmStat News, the ASA produces a website called STATtr@k with new articles every month for early career statisticians and data analysts, recent graduates, or those who are in a statistics program.[14] Quarterly magazine Chance and bimonthly magazine Significance are geared toward a general audience.

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)[15] and Quarterly Publications of the American Statistical Association, 1920-1921[16][17]


Meetings provide a platform for scholars and practitioners to exchange research, job opportunities and ideas with each other. ASA holds an annual meeting called Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM),[18] a conference on statistical methodologies and applications called Spring Research Conference (SRC),[19] Conference on Statistical Practice (CSP),[20] and sponsors multiple international meetings and special-interest group meetings.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About ASA". American Statistical Organization. 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "ASA members". American Statistical Association. 2022. Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "ASA Organizational Members". American Statistical Association. Archived from the original on May 29, 2023. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  4. ^ "Code of Conduct". Retrieved October 13, 2023.
  5. ^ "R.A. Fisher Award and Lectureship (Retired, Effective June 23, 2020)". Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  6. ^ "JEDI Outreach Group | ASA". JEDI Outreach Group. Retrieved April 13, 2024.
  7. ^ Asher, Jana; Furlong, Cathy (May 1, 2021). "Birth of an ASA Outreach Group: The Origins of JEDI | Amstat News". AMSTAT NEWS | American Statistical Association. Retrieved April 13, 2024.
  8. ^ "Awards and Recognition". American Statistical Association. Archived from the original on December 3, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "ASA Professional Accreditation" (PDF). American Statistical Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  10. ^ "Accreditation". American Statistical Association. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  11. ^ "ASA Unveils New GStat Accreditation". May 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Accredited members".
  13. ^ About at Amstat News pages on ASA web site
  14. ^ "STATtr@k, a website for new statistics professionals navigating a data-centric world". Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  15. ^ "Publications of the American Statistical Association". JSTOR. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  16. ^ "Quarterly Publications of the American Statistical Association". JSTOR. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  17. ^ "The American Statistical Association". School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  18. ^ "JSM 2020". American Statistical Association. 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  19. ^ "SRC 2020". American Statistical Association. 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "CSP 2020". American Statistical Association. 2020. Retrieved February 29, 2020.

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