Statistics Clinic

23 January 2019, 2.00 PM - 23 January 2019, 3.30 PM

SM3, Mathematics Building

The Statistics Clinic offers a free statistical consulting service to all university researchers. Our clinic sessions are held fortnightly during the term and around once a month outside the term. This service is offered as a pilot scheme for the moment: we may have to modify the format, depending on experience.

We offer a free walk-in statistical consulting service to researchers in the university through our clinic. Our idea is to keep the threshold to participation as low as possible: all researchers are invited to attend, regardless of their fields. We aim to provide anything from statistical advice to new methodology development. We will also be interested in discussing potential academic collaborations and possible joint projects with our clients.

We can:

  • Help our clients understand how to formulate their statistical problems in a more precise and meaningful way.
  • Provide advice on different kinds of statistical models that can be used in different circumstances and being wary of common pitfalls.
  • Point our clients to books, papers and software packages that might help them with their work.
  • Provide advice on experimental design before data is collected (this is likely to result in a more successful route to addressing questions).
  • Show clients how to apply appropriate statistical tools to highlight the most useful information from the data.
  • Put our clients in contact with other researchers in Bristol and beyond, who specialise in their particular type of problem.

How to participate

Simply turn up at one of our drop-in sessions - there is no booking system. We will deal with all queries within the session; we do not have resources to do follow-up work after the session. Prepare for the meeting by collecting your thoughts - come prepared to give a 2 minute oral description of your scientific problem, in accessible language. Give (only) enough background to your problem to set the context of the question. Bring a laptop if you need a computer to explain the stage you have reached in your analysis, but be aware that we may not be expert in the particular software you have used. Graphs displaying the data are more useful than huge tables.

Who can participate?

All researchers in the university - research students, research and academic staff. Research students and post-docs must inform their advisers of their attendance. Sorry, we are not able to help taught-course students.

What we expect in return

We hope that sometimes our discussions might evolve into genuine scientific collaboration, but in many cases a small acknowledgement in your paper of our assistance (if there is any) will be fine.

Who are we?

Academic and research staff and research students in the Statistics group of the School of Mathematics. Our principal research interests can be found on the School website.

Contact information

You can email statistics-clinic@bristol.ac.uk, for example if you are unsure if your query is appropriate. However, please note that we are unable to answer scientific questions by email.

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