Department of Statistics


Consulting Techniques
Spring 200
4

Instructor: Tom Boardman
Office:  217 Statistics
Phone: 970 491-5721
Fax: 970 491-7895 boardman@lamar.colostate.edu
http://www.stat.colostate.edu/~boardman/

On-Campus Students

Objectives

The objective is to provide an introduction to the practice of statistical consulting and related skills.  Reading of consulting literature and attendance at consulting sessions will introduce students to the practice of statistical consulting.  This course will include several topics and issues not covered elsewhere in the graduate curriculum. Course topics include consulting  (e.g., consulting techniques, communication, case studies, ethics), scientific writing, statistical presentations, and careers in statistics. Course Work

Discussion preparation: For each reading students will write a short discussion of the article(s).  Possible topics include your version of the author's message or thesis, a list of several discussion questions, or a summary of your reactions to the article.  Your written summary is due at the next session unless otherwise specified.    All course materials can be checked out from Karen Hann in Room 200 or reviewed on the st586 homepage.

Discussion participation: Each student is expected to actively participate in all our class discussions and breakout sessions. 

Consulting sessions: Students are responsible for sitting in on 5 consulting sessions with Phil Chapman, Jim zumBrunnen, Martha Cao , or with other faculty.  A written report (approximately one page in length) for each session is required. Each student must turn in at least 2 of the session reports by March 5, 2004.  Each student must turn in all five session reports by May 7, 2004.  Karen Hann will send out email to all students in ST586 and ST472 when a new consulting becomes available.  See Karen in Room 200 to sign up for sessions. The consulting reports should include: name of client, client's title, consultant's name, date of meeting, research problem, what happened (what was discussed, recommended, and/or concluded in the meeting), follow-up (what the client or consulting will do next), your evaluation of the session.

Visitors: Boardman will invite several statisticians to discuss with you their experiences as consultants in their setting.

Grading: Graded or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Reading and Writing Assignments:

Links to pdf files of the articles you will read are shown below and the list will expand as new articles are added to the list.

·     Read Roger Kirk’s article Statistical Consulting in a University: Dealing with People and Other Challenges and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Brian Joiner’s article Consultant’s Interview-Style Check List and prepare a summary of the key points.  

·     Read A.S.C. Ehrenberg's article "Writing Technical Papers or Reports" and prepare a summary of the key points.  

·     Read J.A. Hoeting and G.H. Givens' article "Communicating Statistical Results"  and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read J.A. Hoeting's article "ST586 Tips and  Tricks for Statistical Consultants"  and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Paul S. Siegel and Helen S. Siegel's article "The Effect of Emotionality on the Water Intake of the Rat"  and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Daniel H. Freeman, Jr., Marla Elena Gonzalez, David C. Hoaglin, and Beth A. Kilss' article "Presenting Statistical Papers" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Howard Wainer's ( Editor) "Visual Revelations" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read the "After the Fact" article and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read the "Ethics and the Statistician" article and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Stephen B. Vardeman and Max D. Morris article "Statistics and Ethics: Some Advice for Young Statisticians" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Charles R. Mann article "Consider This: Presentation of an Ethnics Case" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read the CSU Animal Care and Use/Teaching Protocol Review Form A-100 "Fake Example for ST586" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Russell V. Lenth article "Some Practical Guidelines for Effective Sample Size Determination" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read  A.S.C. Ehrenberg article "The Problem of Numeracy" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read  Fisher & Nicholls' article "Revisiting Accreditation for ASA Members: An Alternative Proposal" and prepare a summary of the key points.

·     Read Lisa W, Kay and Patricia S. Costello's article :Where Do All of the Undergraduate Statistics Majors Go? and prepare a summary of the key points.

 ·     Read Cheryl McMahon Anderson and Robert P. LaBelle article :Update of comparative Occurrence Rates for Offshore Oil Spills and prepare a summary of the key points.  

 ·     Read George Ahmaogak letter to John Kelly :Oil Spill Risk Analysis and prepare a summary of the key points.  

 ·     Read Bercha Group Final Report :Alternative Oil Spill Occurrence Estimators and prepare a summary of the key points.  

·     Read review by Judith E. Zeh :Review of Oil Risk Analyses for Alaskan Arctic OCS Development and prepare a summary of the key points.  

·     Read review by Geof H. GIvens :Review of Update of Comparative Occurrence Rates for Offshore Oil Spills and prepare a summary of the key points.  

Department of Statistics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1877
Phone: (970)-491-5269      Fax:(970) 491-7895    
Dept Email: stats@lamar.colostate.edu
Email: webm@stat.colostate.edu                  Last Modified: April 22, 2003