STAT 998: Statistical Consulting
Instructor: Brian Yandell
Class Hours: 11-12:15 TR, 1210 MSC (backup room: 5295 MSC)
Office Hours: 10-11 TR, or by appointment
Office and Phone: 1239 MSC, 262-1157
Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet: http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~yandell/st998/ or
- Course Objective
- The goal is to develop the skills needed by a statistical
consultant. Emphasized topics include data analysis,
problem solving, report writing, oral communication with
clients, issues in planning experiments and collecting data,
and practical aspects of consulting management.
- Academic Honesty
You will only gain the skills needed to be an effective statistical consultant by practicing these skills yourself.
Yet you also have much to learn from others in the course. For most
daily assignments, you are allowed to discuss the problems with each other, but each student must
complete the work separately. For the in-class projects and the final project, students must work
independently and not get help from others. These conditions mimic the conditions of the masters
exam where students are forbidden to get help from anyone else.
- In-class Activities
- Activities in class cover a broad spectrum. Emphasis is
placed on class participation. Considerable time is spent
on data analysis, discussing several examples. A small
number of lectures cover specific statistical topics. Some
time is spent discussing report writing, oral communication,
consulting session management, and consulting philosophy.
Some use is made of videotapes. In conjunction with major
data analyses (see Assignments), clients come to
class for questioning. There are occasional guest lectures on diverse
topics. The latter part of the semester is devoted to the
discussion of student consulting projects.
- There are two major data analysis problems for which written
reports are required. For each, the client comes in to be
interviewed in class, and each student analyzes the data and
writes a report. A final (major) project consists of an
actual consulting experience for each student with a
required oral presentation and written report. [See the Project page for more detail.] In addition
there are a number of short written reports and in-class
discussion assignments on a variety of topics. These
include brief write-ups on more ``minor'' data analyses.
There are some assigned readings as well as videotape
viewings. The majority of the work load occurs in the first
2/3 of the course.
- The two major data analyses with clients each count for 25%
of the course grade. The final project (actual consulting
with oral presentation and written report) is worth 25%.
All other assignments together count 25%. Improvement over
the semester is viewed favorably in grading.
- Class handouts are distributed in class.