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It's been another year of strong submissions for the Young Statisticians Writing Competition – our annual contest organised in partnership with the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society. Judging took place last month, which means we're now ready to announce the competition finalists.

This year's shortlist (in alphabetical order) is:

Annie Herbert
The Great British Bayes-off: How much difference (statistically) does a soggy bottom make?

James Skeffington
Warren Buffett: Oracle or Orangutan?

Samantha Tyner
The Joy of Clustering (with Bob Ross)

The three finalists will present papers based on their articles at the RSS 2015 Annual Conference, which takes place 7-10 September at Exeter University. The winning article will be published in the October print edition of Significance and online. Runners-up will also be published online.

Congratulations to Annie, James and Samantha on making the shortlist, and thanks to all the other young statisticians who took the time to submit interesting and thought-provoking pieces.

While you wait for the winner to be announced, why not check out last year's winning entry by Jonathan Auerbach, and the runner-up articles by Nathan Cunningham and Katie Saunders.


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