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BIOSTAT 2014. Book of Abstracts.

21st International Scientific Symposium on Biometrics

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 11 - 14 June 2014


Researchers and practitioners in the field of biometrics – development and application of statistical and mathematical methods for data analysis in life sciences – are encouraged to take part in this symposium organised by Croatian Biometric Society.



The Symposium takes place in the beautiful ancient Adriatic port of Dubrovnik, still simply called by its inhabitants “Grad” meaning “The City”. The venue is located close to the main gate leading to the city centre through the old walls. The Republic of Dubrovnik was a main sea trade contender of the Venetian Republic, and the old city is under the UNESCO protection. Dubrovnik is easily reached by air, land or sea. There are flights connecting it daily to the main European airports.




Kent Eskridge, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA


Causal Modeling


Keynote Lecture:

Ingram Olkin, Stanford University, USA


Multivariate Analysis Meta-Analysis (MAMA)


Keynote Lecture:

Amanda L. Golbeck, University of Montana


Statistician Elizabeth L. Scott's Advocacy Leadership for Social Change



BIOSTAT symposium is an intrinsically interdisciplinary meeting accepting papers from a wide array of research disciplines at the intersection of data sciences and life sciences such as:


• Design of Experiments
• Clinical Study Design
• Sampling Methods
• Statistical Modeling of Biological Systems
• Statistical Genomics
• Environmental Statistics
• Predictive and Prescriptive Modeling
• Temporal-Spatial Analysis
• Forecasting and Prediction
• Multivariate Statistics in Life Sciences
• Meta-analysis
• Data Visualization
• Data Mining
• Quantitative Decision Support
• Risk Assessment
• Statistical Learning
• Taxonomy and Classification
• Research Data Lifecycle Management
• Education in Biometrics





Croatian Biometric Society (HBMD) was established in 1989. In 2014 we will celebrate our 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century is not a long time for a scientific society, but it is enough to demonstrate existence of a vibrant research community. The Society brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and institutions from agriculture and forestry through biomedicine, anthropology, psychology, kinesiology to statistics and mathematics. Since 1994 we organize BIOSTAT symposium, and since 1996 the International School of Biometrics.


The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consists 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies. With its comprehensive programmes and over 50,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students the University is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia.  It offers a wide range of academic degree courses leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in the following fields: Arts, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. It is also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50 percent to the total research output of the country.

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