Our June newsletter reflects on the influence of social media in conducting surveys and discusses the importance of careful planning to ensure a survey achieves its desired objective. The Case Study showcases a spatial sampling scheme implemented by EnergySafety to provide assurance of a database of wooden electricity poles. We welcome our newest member of staff, Ashlin Donnellan, who joins the IT team and congratulate Elyse Corless and Sarah Bruce on well-earned promotions. We also meet Katy Proctor, who joined DAA in 2016, in our staff profile.
Our March newsletter features Data Analysis Australia’s response to the challenges of rapidly expanding “big data” sets, describing some recent applications and special statistical considerations. Our Analytical Idea illustrates the concept of cartograms, a type of map using distortion, to present information with a geographical component, with reference to the March 11 WA State election. We celebrate the achievement of 15 years at Data Analysis Australia for our Principal Managing Consultant Statistician, Anna Munday, highlight awards and recognition for a Director and a staff member, other staff movements and activities, and profile Dr Linda Eaton, Senior Managing Consultant Mathematician, who recently re-joined the company.