International Statistical Institute

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International Statistical Institute
TypeStatistical society
HeadquartersVoorburg, Netherlands
Steve Penneck

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) is a professional association of statisticians. It was founded in 1885, although there had been international statistical congresses since 1853.[1] The institute has about 4,000 elected members from government, academia, and the private sector. The affiliated Associations have membership open to any professional statistician. The institute publishes a variety of books and journals, and holds an international conference every two years. The biennial convention was commonly known as the ISI Session; however, since 2011, it is now referred to as the ISI World Statistics Congress.[2] The permanent office of the institute is located in the Statistics Netherlands building in Leidschenveen (The Hague), in the Netherlands.

Specialized Associations[edit]

ISI serves as an umbrella for seven specialized Associations:[3][4]


ISI Committees fall under one of three categories: operational, special interest, and outreach.

Current Special Interest Groups are:

  • Agricultural sciences
  • Astrostatistics
  • History of statistics
  • Professional ethics
  • Promotion of statistics in the life sciences
  • Risk analysis
  • Sports statistics
  • Statistics of travel and tourism
  • Women in statistics


ISI publishes the following journals:

Karl Pearson Prize[edit]

The Karl Pearson Prize was commenced by the ISI in 2013 to acknowledge contributions, which must be a research article or book published within the last three decades, on statistical theory, methodology, practice, or applications. The prize was named after English statistician Karl Pearson. It is bestowed biennially at the ISI World Statistics Congress. The winner of the prize receives 5,000 euros and gives the Karl Pearson Lecture.[5]

Peter McCullagh and John Nelder were the winners of the inaugural Karl Pearson Prize "for their monograph Generalized Linear Models (1983)".[6]

Presidents of ISI[edit]

The organization has had thirty-six presidents.[7] The current president is Steve Penneck.[8]

Notable members[edit]

1929 World population estimate comparison of ISI and League of Nations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ J. W. Nixon (1960) A History of the International Statistical Institute, 1885-1960, The Hague : International Statistical Institute.
  2. ^ "World Statistics Congresses". International Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ Portfolio. International Statistical Institute.
  4. ^ Mr. Shigeru Kawasaki became new President of the IAOS. The statistics Bureau of Japan. September 30, 2013. Archived 2018-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Karl Pearson Prize for Contemporary Research Contribution". International Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ "The inaugural Karl Pearson Prize". The International Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  7. ^ ISI Presidents Archived 2013-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "History - ISI".
  9. ^ Queen Beatrix at jubilee conference of the International Statistical Institute. Netherland National Archive. Photograph collection.

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