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Mr Paul Smith 

Associate Professor in Official Statistics, Director MSc Official Statistics, Postgraduate Taught Programme Lead - MOffStat, Data Analytics for Government

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Paul Smith joined Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) in September 2014 as Associate Professor in Official Statistics, with a particular interest in sampling and estimation methods in government surveys.

It is important to have evidence on the best survey methods so that high quality official statistics can be produced efficiently

Paul graduated in Botany and Maths from the University of Wales in Bangor, and has an MSc in Statistics from Sheffield University. He worked for 25 years in the Office for National Statistics, spending most of that time in the Methodology area, where he gained extensive experience in the theory and practice of sample surveys applied to businesses, households and the population census.

Paul is a member of the Royal Statistical Society, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a member of the International Association of Survey Statisticians and International Association for Official Statistics. He is the Discussion Papers Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and Associate Editor for Survey Methodology and the Journal of Official Statistics.  He also chairs Understanding Society's Methodology Advisory Committee.

In addition to his work on survey statistics, Paul is interested in vascular plants and their parasitic fungi (particularly rusts and smuts). He volunteers for the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI) as Plant Recorder for the Outer Hebrides, and chairs BSBI’s Recording & Research Committee.

Research interests

Paul has a particular interest in sampling and estimation methods for surveys, and in the history of Official Statistics in the UK.

He also does research into the distribution and ecology of vascular plants and plant parasitic fungi.

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Articles

Books

Book Chapters

  • Van Der Heijden, P., Smith, P. A., Whittaker, J., Cruyff, M., & Bakker, B. F. M. (2019). Dual and multiple system estimation with fully and partially observed covariates. In L-C. Zhang, & R. L. Chambers (Eds.), Analysis of Integrated Data (1st ed., pp. 137-168). (Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences). Chapman and Hall/CRC.
  • Smith, P. A. (2018). Introduction. In B. Lorenc, P. A. Smith, M. Bavdaž, G. Haraldsen, D. Nedyalkova, L-C. Zhang, & T. Zimmermann (Eds.), The Unit Problem and Other Current Topics in Business Survey Methodology: Edited Proceedings of the European Establishment Statistics Workshop 2017 (pp. 1-6). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Smith, P. A., Lorenc, B., & van Delden, A. (2018). The unit problem: an overview. In B. Lorenc, P. A. Smith, M. Bavdaž, G. Haraldsen, D. Nedyalkova, L-C. Zhang, & T. Zimmermann (Eds.), The Unit Problem and Other Current Topics in Business Survey Methodology: Edited Proceedings of the European Establishment Statistics Workshop 2017 (pp. 7-17). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Van Der Heijden, P., Cruyff, M., Whittaker, J., Bakker, B., & Smith, P. (2017). Dual and multiple system estimation: fully observed and incomplete covariates. In D. Böhning, P. van der Heijden, & J. Bunge (Eds.), Capture-Recapture Methods for the Social and Medical Sciences (pp. 213-226). (Chapman & Hall/CRC Interdisciplinary Statistics). Chapman & Hall/CRC. DOI: 10.4324/9781315151939
  • Smith, P. A. (2013). Sampling and estimation for business surveys. In G. Snijkers, G. Haraldsen, J. Jones, & D. Willimack (Eds.), Designing and Conducting Business Surveys (pp. 165-218). Hoboken, US: Wiley.
  • Preston, C. D., Chater, A. O., & Smith, P. A. (2010). Chapter 8. Phytogeographical and ecological relationships of native species. In A. O. Chater (Ed.), Flora of Cardiganshire Aberystwyth, GB: Cambrian Printers.
  • Chater, A. O., & Smith, P. A. (2010). Chapter 9. Altitude limits. In A. O. Chater (Ed.), Flora of Cardiganshire Aberystwyth, GB: Cambrian Printers.
  • Smith, P. A., Lynn, P., & Elliot, D. (2009). Sample design for longitudinal surveys. In P. Lynn (Ed.), Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (pp. 21-33). Chichester, GB: Wiley.

Conferences

Letters/Editorials

Working Papers

Paul is the Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Official Statistics, and teaches on several modules:

  • STAT6zzz MOffStat preparatory week
  • STAT6097 Compensating for non-response
  • STAT6094 Statistical disclosure control

He also teaches on MSc Social Statistics:

  • STAT6084 Multivariate analysis
Mr Paul Smith
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4139

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