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Department of Statistics

Statistical Consulting Laboratory 

 Who we help

  • All Kansas State University faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates actively engaged in research may seek statistical support through the Statistical Consulting Laboratory. 
  • A minimum level of understanding of basic statistics concepts will be expected of researchers seeking assistance from the Statistical Consulting Laboratory. 
  • Researchers, particularly graduate students, are strongly encouraged to engage in statistical training that is directly relevant to their research project. 
  • For Masters students requesting statistical consulting, the following courses are highly encouraged as basic statistical training:
    • STAT 705: Regression and Analysis of Variance
    • STAT 720: Design of experiments 
  • For PhD students requesting statistical consultation, the following courses are highly encouraged as basic statistical training:
    • STAT 705: Regression and Analysis of Variance
    • STAT 720: Design of experiments
    • STAT 870: Analysis of Messy Data 
  • Computing courses are strongly encouraged in order to facilitate access to proper statistical tools. In particular:
    • STAT 725: Introduction to SAS Computing
    • STAT 726: Introduction to R Computing 

What consulting services we provide 

  • It is always best to engage the Statistical Consulting Laboratory prior to conduction of a research study. 

“To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.”

Sir Ronald Fisher (1890 – 1962) 

  • Services available prior to data collection (HIGHLY preferred): Fine-tuning of research question, assistance with efficient design of experiments, calculation of statistical power and determination of required sample size. 
  • Services available after data collection: Assistance with choice of proper statistical methods, model specification and fitting, software implementation (mostly SAS and R), interpretation of results, advice on preparation of figures for presentation and publication, preparation of research manuscripts for publication. 
  • Most services through the Statistical Consulting Laboratory are provided by Statistics graduate students with initial supervision from Statistics faculty. 
  • Statistics faculty may engage in collaborative research with a wide variety of Kansas State University researchers to apply established statistical methods to novel situations or to develop new statistical methods motivated by specific problems. 

How we work

  • To schedule a consulting appointment, please email us at statlab@ksu.edu. Make sure to include your Consulting Request Form providing a detailed, yet brief description of the research project, including:
    • Research objectives/questions you want to address using statistical methods. 
    • Description of variables (to be) measured.
    • Diagrams/pictures showing the data collection process (intended or realized). These can be particularly helpful and are highly encouraged.
    • Include papers of previous studies of a similar nature, which might aid us in helping you. 
  • A complete Consulting Request Form is required prior to consultation on any new project. 
  • Requests for statistical consulting will be addressed in the order in which they are received. 
  • All consulting meetings are scheduled by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. 
  • Given our current high demand, please plan for an approximately two week lead-time to schedule an appointment. Be aware that the Statistical Consulting Laboratory is currently understaffed and we may not be able to accommodate tight timelines. 
  • If you do not receive a response after 2 business days, feel free to follow up with a polite enquiry to statlab@ksu.edu

What we are not

  • The Statistical Consulting Laboratory is NOT a data dump. Data files will not be accepted unless specifically requested.
  • The Statistical Consulting Laboratory is NOTa data management office. Researchers are responsible for data entry, data formatting and data checking.
  • The Statistical Consulting Laboratory is NOT a data analysis office. The Statistical Consulting Laboratory will provide statistical advice but is not required to analyze data from any specific project. This applies particularly to projects that are found to have fatal flaws in their design structure or treatment structure.