The Statistical Consulting Service:
The Statistical Consulting Service was established
in 1974 by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics 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.
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 been 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,
If you are planning on analyzing your data with your
or other packages, we can help you interpret the output.
Present and Current Project Descriptions:
for a sampling of past and present consulting projects.
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.
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
at the Consulting Service Office (494-8850) or by email
, C.A. Field
R. P. Gupta