Release Date: 5/20/2014
Abt SRBI Principal Survey Scientist Stanislav (Stas) Kolenikov, Ph.D., PStat, has been elected as the Education Officer for the American Statistical Association Survey Research Methods Section. He will take office on Jan. 1, 2015.
Stas is widely published and had developed many tutorials on the use of the Stata multivariate statistics package and survey weighting. Among Stas’s accomplishments is the development of the ipfraking package as the production package for weight calibration at Abt SRBI. It has been used on many studies, including the 2013 Pew Survey of American Jews, conducted by Abt SRBI. He continues to develop the package, making updates reflecting advanced issues in weighting methodology, such as different trimming techniques, as well as the production aspects of the package, like more detailed reporting of weight calibration results.
His key responsibilities at Abt SRBI include sampling design, power analysis, weighting and imputation schemes. His extensive expertise in a variety of quantitative methods, ranging from structural equation modeling to small area estimation, from econometric instrumental variable regression to multiple imputation, from software development to numeric optimization methods, is a key capacity in addressing statistical and methodological challenges in the studies Abt SRBI conducts.
He is active in professional societies (American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Statistical Association) and has taught continuing education courses on survey data analysis and weighting. He is a certified Professional Statistician (PStat), recognized by the American Statistical Association and Statistical Society of Canada.
Stas received his Ph.D. in Statistics from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also holds two degrees from Russia: Master of Electronic Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering, and Master of Science in Economics from New Economic School, Moscow.