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Help with Stats software @WIC

Thanks to support from GAPSA’s G12 Synergy Fund, a statistical software tutor is available now in Room 125 in WIC to provide walk-in assistance for graduate students:

Wednesday and Thursday from 1-5 pm. 

But what does a “stat tutor” do…?

The stat tutor is there to help you navigate the statistical software you are using to conduct your analyses. Everything from difficulty loading your data files, to simple variable definitions or analyses, to more complicated construction of syntax files to automate your work. If you know what you want to do, but aren’t quite sure how to make the program you’re using do it, the stat tutor will help you work through the problem. Stata, SPSS, R, SAS… they’re all fair game. The stat tutor can also help you with basic programming in Python or Java.

What DOESN’T a stat tutor do?

The stat tutor is not there to design your analysis. The theoretical and practical concerns of model building vary significantly from case to case, and the stat tutor will not possess familiarity with the relevant theory, existing literature, and data to tell you which analyses you need to be doing. Interpreting the results is similarly difficult without prior knowledge of the context.

For complex stat questions, please email stattutor@asc.upenn.edu the day before you come to ask for assistance.