Sichel Medal


The Herbert Sichel Medal is awarded annually to the member (or members) of the Association who has (have) published the best statistical paper during the previous year. 

The following rules will govern the award in 2024:

Nominations for the award may be made by a member of SASA (who is not an author) or submissions may be made by the author(s). An individual may only submit one paper for the award.

• The impact of the paper in its specific field

• How innovative are the ideas or techniques used in the paper

• The relevance of the problem being addressed

• How well-written is the paper


2023 S Lee, SG Meintanis & C Pretorius

Monitoring procedures for strict stationarity based on the multivariate characteristic function, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 189(C).

2022 I MacDonald & E Pienaar

Fitting a reversible Markov chain by maximum likelihood: Converting an awkwardly constrained optimization problem to an unconstrained one, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications,  561.

2021 S Buitendag, J Beirlant & T de Wet

Confidence intervals for extreme Pareto‐type quantiles, Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 47(1).

2020 DA Burger, R Schall, R Jacobs & D-G Chen

A generalized Bayesian nonlinear mixed‐effects regression model for zero‐inflated longitudinal count data in tuberculosis trials, Pharmaceutical Statistics, 18(4).

2019: C Pretorius & JWH Swanepoel

On the asymptotic theory of new bootstrap confidence bounds, The Annals of Statistics, 46(1).

2018 A Smit, A Kijko & A Stein

Probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment from incomplete and uncertain historical catalogues with application to tsunamigenic regions in the Pacific Ocean, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 174(8)

2017:   L Haines

2016 PJ de Jongh, T de Wet, H Raubenheimer & H Venter

2015 MS Finkelstein & J Vaupel

2014 MM Varughese & EAD Pienaar

2013 F Lombard & CJ Potgieter

2012 I MacDonald, W Zuchinni & R Langrock

2011:   AJ van der Merwe & D Chikobvu

2010:   M Varughese

2009 LK Debusho & LM Haines

2008 IL MacDonald & W Zucchini

2007 MS Finkelstein & V Esaulova

2006 F Lombard

2005 PJ de Jongh & JH Venter

2004 MS Finkelstein

2003 JWH Swanepoel & FC van Graan

2002 JWH Swanepoel

2000 CF de Beer & JWH Swanepoel

1999 JS Maritz & CJ Lombard

1998 F Lombard

1997 JH Venter & SJ Steel