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Stéphanie van der Pas wins ASML Graduation Prize Mathematics for analysis new research method

On November 29, Stéphanie van der Pas receives the ASML Graduation Prize for Mathematics at the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW) in Haarlem. She proved that a new method to choose a research model works better than the usual standard method.

The most commonly used selection method, the hypothesis test, has some disadvantages. She proved mathematically that the switch criterion, a Bayesian selection method, is more flexible than the known standard method. She looked at consistency, robustness against optional stops and risk- optimality. After many calculations and formulating a proof of twelve pages the new method appeared to be good in multiple areas.

By colleague statisticians and the jury the graduation work of Stéphanie is considered a mathematical masterpiece. The jury praises her elegant mathematical reasoning beyond the standard methods in the field.

Since her graduation Stéphanie works as a PhD student at the Mathematical Institute.

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