October 5, 2022

The UW Statistical Consulting Service is now available for the Autumn quarter. Appointments will be held online via Zoom. We would appreciate you sharing this email about the service with your department colleagues.

Faculty and graduate students in the Consulting Program of the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics offer free statistical advice to the UW community through scheduled 50-minute consulting appointments during the academic year when classes are in session. They provide assistance with:

  • the design of studies and experiments, including the preparation of grant proposals
  • data visualization and presentation
  • choice and application of statistical methods
  • development of specialized statistical methods in some cases

The consultants have experience primarily with the R statistical analysis system, but they work with clients using whatever statistical package is most convenient for them. (Note: Statistical consulting is for study design and data analysis advice, not software tutorials.) Clients should come to consulting appointments prepared to provide background information, and to discuss the scientific aims of their research, study design, and approach.

For more information about the Service and to schedule an appointment, click on the following link:  UW STATISTICAL CONSULTING SERVICE

About the Consulting Program:  This program is a UW course for graduate students in the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics. Through this course, students learn how to apply their statistical skills to a variety of real-world problems. Most appointments will have three to four consultants in attendance: two to three student trainees and one faculty advisor. The program is organized around the academic calendar and the participating student consultants change every quarter. Because this is a training program, each consulting appointment has multiple goals. In addition to helping clients, student consultants are developing their consulting skills. Many problems brought to the consulting program require the consultants to research and discuss possible solutions with program colleagues following an appointment to determine the most appropriate statistical methods or guidance. In these cases, follow-up appointments are typically scheduled. While resources are limited, some assistance with actual data analyses can be provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the consultant