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The Statistical Consulting Service

The Statistical Consulting Service

Who We Are

The Statistical Consulting Service was established in 1974 by the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science with the aim of providing professional statistical consultation to researchers and graduate students.

The mandate of the Statistical Consulting Service is to provide practical solutions to problems in a way that makes efficient use of the data.

We welcome problems both from within Dalhousie University and from the government, business and scientific communities outside Dalhousie.

Services Available

Clients who need to collect and analyze data often find that there are many benefits to seeing a statistical consultant before collecting the data. When the experiment or survey incorporates statistical principles at the design stage, the analysis is usually simpler, cheaper and leads to more clearly defined conclusions. If the statistician is involved in the project from the beginning, it is easier to make adjustments during the course of the study, if necessary.

Once your experiment or survey has designed and the data have been collected, many researchers overlook the exploratory stage of data analysis, which we can help with. If you need models developed, hypotheses tested, or help in understanding statistical methods, we would be pleased to assist you.

We also have facilities for data entry, or if you already have the data entered we can accommodate many of the common data base and spread sheet programs' data files (e.g. Lotus, Excel, DBase, etc).

If you are planning on analysing your data with your own software, SAS , SYSTAT, SPSS, BMDP or other packages, we can help you interpret the output.

Present and Current Project Descriptions

Please click here for a sampling of past and present consulting projects.

Location

On the second floor of the Chase building, Room 213 Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science. Appointments are usually necessary and may be made by calling 494-8850 during regular office hours.

Terms

The consulting service operates on a fee-for-service basis as well as on a contract basis. Bills are due within 30 days of the invoice date. Graduate Students are eligible for a subsidy for the consultations, but not for data analysis. Details on fees are available from Wade Blanchard at the Consulting Service Office (494-8850) or by email wade.blanchard@dal.ca.

Members

W. Blanchard, K. Bowen, C.A. Field, G. Gabor, R. P. Gupta, D. Hamilton, B. Smith, E. Susko, K. Thompson.