Patricia Posey, our new statistical software consultant, begins this coming week, offering appointments to provide assistance with statistical software, including R, Stata, and SPSS. She welcomes questions about proper commands, data visualization, and regression analysis. She cautions that her assistance is not intended to help students decide on the suitability of a given statistical method for their research, pick which datasets to use, or interpret results that should be based on the researcher’s ideas and discipline-specific expectations.
Patricia is a 4th year doctoral candidate in Political Science, where she specializes in American Politics. Her research investigates how financial services influence the political engagement and political attitudes of racial and ethnic minorities. Her statistical experience covers analysis of a variety of social science data sets. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida in 2013.
Patricia will be offering statistical software help by appointment on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at WIC in room 116, starting on January 30th. Use the online scheduler to view her availability and request an appointment.
At WIC, you can already get help with writing, speaking, technology, copyright and more. In addition, we’re glad to announce that Douglas Allen will begin providing assistance with statistical software. (Douglas was here last year thanks to GAPSA support.) Douglas will assist you in collaboration with Lauris Olson. Continue reading Stats Software Help @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org the day before you come to ask for assistance.