Statistical Consulting

Course Description

The course allows students to apply commonly encountered statistical methods in the consulting environment. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized (in order to both understand the clients' needs and present the results) and ethical aspects of consulting are introduced. The course provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in consulting through various projects with clients.

The course immerses students in real world consulting, exposing them to all aspects of statistical data analysis including understanding the applied context and its goals, data collection, data modeling, and presentation of the results. Through a consulting program inside and outside the University, students work with researchers and practitioners from a multitude of disciplines providing recommendations for statistical methodologies appropriate for their problems. Projects are also examined through the lens of ethics underlying data collection, model assumptions, analysis, reproducibility, and reporting of results.