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Samantha C Bates Prins <[log in to unmask]>
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Classification, clustering, and phylogeny estimation
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:26:31 -0400
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Winner of the Classification Society Distinguished Dissertation Award 2009

The Award honors the best PhD (or approximately equivalent doctoral) 
dissertation nominated by an annual deadline. The theme is clustering, 
classification, related areas of data analysis, encompassing both 
associated theory and/or applications.

              The 2009 Distinguished Dissertation Award winner is
                                               Dr. Innar Liiv
                                        for his dissertation
"Pattern Discovery Using Seriation and Matrix Reordering: A Unified View, 
         Extensions and an Application to Inventory Management"
defended at Tallinn University of Technology under supervision of Professor 
                                   Rein Kuusik, in August 2008.

Dr. Georgi Nalbantov received an Honorable Mention for his thesis "Essays on
Some Recent Penalization Methods with Applications in Finance and Marketing",
Erasmus University Rotterdam. All 7 nominations were of excellent quality
and are listed at

In 2009 the Award totals US$500 in book vouchers from Chapman and Hall/CRC. 
The winner is  invited to make a presentation in a special plenary session 
at the Classification Society's 2009 Annual Meeting with up to $500 of the 
Award winner's travel expenses to the Annual Meeting covered by 
Classification Society.

In 2008-2009, the evaluation committee included: Samantha C. Bates Prins 
(Award Committee Chair; Department of Mathematics & Statistics, James 
Madison University), Fionn Murtagh (Science Foundation Ireland; and 
Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London), 
Douglas Steinley (Department of Psychological Sciences, University of 
Missouri-Columbia) and Rebecca Nugent (Department of Statistics, Carnegie 
Mellon University).

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