Tag Archives: Statistics

New Statistical Software Consultant

Patricia PoseyPatricia 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.

Make Your Data Analysis Shine: Prism 6


Hello, there! My name is Claire Witherel and I’m a new Intern at the Weigle Information Commons. I’m currently a PhD student at Drexel University studying Biomedical Engineering with research focused in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. As a professional student (I mean, I’ve been in college for almost 10 years now!), I know how frustrating it can be to know the right tool to use for your homework, research, or work, but the learning curve will just take too much time to get the job done. This is where I can help. I absolutely love to assist students in finding useful research tools that make their work shine and guide them through the nitty gritty parts of mastering a new tool.
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Stats Software Help @ WIC

Douglas AllenAt 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

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. 

WIC Annual Report 2010-11

I’m glad to announce the WIC annual report for 2010-11 is online in a variety of mobile friendly formats. You can read it on your iPad, your phone or your Kindle. I hope you will share your reactions and comments with us! This report reflects truly a team effort – with images, graphs, data analysis, proof-reading and commentary from just about everyone involved with WIC – over a long eight months.

This year, for the first time, we created the report in InDesign instead of Microsoft Word. As a new user of Adobe InDesign, I now have a new appreciation of the complexity of InDesign and – in contrast – the simplicity of Word.