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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Modelling methods for compositions with applications to official statistics

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP891717CC

Modelling methods for compositions with applications to official statistics

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Paul Smith, Associate Professor in Official Statistics (

Angela Luna Hernandez, Lecturer in Social Statistics

Nikos Tzavidis, Professor of Statistical Methodology

Compositional analysis potential has many applications in official statistics, but has not been widely used. This project includes the investigation of two different GLM approaches for compositional data, and the incorporation of weights where the data originate from surveys. This is a theoretical investigation, with immediate applications to current problems in official statistics, including estimating expenditure patterns for weighting price indices, and assessing the comparability of estimates of compositions from surveys and administrative data. The models could be used as the basis of small area estimation of compositions, and a more general evaluation of the potential to use such models in official statistics is needed.

Skills required of the PhD student:

The research is methodological in nature. The successful candidate will have or need to acquire solid statistical theoretical knowledge, as well as programming skills and the ability to carry out advanced data analysis and simulation studies.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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