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James Skeffington was today announced as the winner of the 2015 Young Statisticians Writing Competition during an afternoon session at the RSS International Conference in Exeter. Skeffington gave a talk based on his article, 'Warren Buffett: Oracle or Orangutan'.

His article sets out to answer a question many in the world of stocks and shares and investments have long asked themselves: is Warren Buffett – the 'oracle of Omaha' – extremely brilliant, or extremely lucky. It will be published in the October 2015 edition of Significance.

Skeffington graduated magna cum laude in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009, where he also studied for a degree in finance. He is currently working towards a graduate certificate in applied statistics at Penn State University, and is a field artillery officer in the United States Marine Corp.

The two runner-up articles – Annie Herbert's 'The Great British Bayes-off: How much difference (statistically) does a soggy bottom make?' and Samantha Tyner's 'The Joy of Clustering (with Bob Ross)' – will be published online later this year.

The Young Statisticians Writing Competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society. Congratulations to this year's winner and runners-up, and thanks to all those who took part in the 2015 contest. Details of the 2016 competition will be announced early next year.




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