Western Kentucky University

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What services are offered by the Applied Statistics Center?
  2. Who can request services from the Center?
  3. Who will be providing the consulting?
  4. How do I request services?
  5. What happens after I submit a request?
  6. How do I request that the Center provide a seminar on a statistical topic?
  7. What should I expect from the initial consultation?
  8. What information will I need to provide during the initial consultation?
  9. What should I bring to the initial consultation?
  10. How long is the initial consultation?
  11. How many face-to-face meetings will we have?
  12. What should I do if my project changes after the initial consultation?
  13. How long does it take the Center to finish the analysis?
  14. Will you go over the analysis with me?
  15. When is the Center open?
  16. Do I have to pay for the services of the Center?
  17. Do I have to give the consultant(s) co-authorship on any publications that result from the analyses?
  18. I am a faculty/staff member at WKU. How can I become affiliated as a member of the Center?
  19. I am a student at WKU. How can I work as a consultant in the Center?
  20. Are all submitted requests fulfilled?

 


 

  1. What services are offered by the Applied Statistics Center?
    The services of the center include (but may not be limited to):
    • Statistical seminars on a particular statistical topic (software, methods, etc.)
    • Formulation of research questions
    • Sampling and/or data collection planning
    • Advice on statistical methods
    • Advice on statistical software problems (SAS, R, Minitab, SPSS)
    • Data analysis
    • Explanation of data analysis results
    • Assistance in writing up results and/or preparing for a presentation.

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  2. Who can request services from the Center?
    At this time, we accept requests from students, faculty, and staff of WKU. As the Center grows in the future, we hope to provide services to external clients.

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  3. Who will be providing the consulting?
    Each client will be matched with one or more student consultants who will work under the guidance of a faculty mentor.   Please keep in mind that this is meant to be a learning experience for the student consultants.

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  4. How do I request services?
    Please go to the “Submit Request” link and fill in the requested information. The more information you provide, the better able we are to help you with your request.

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  5. What happens after I submit a request?
    The co-directors will consider your request. If it is deemed to fall within the scope of the Center, your project will be assigned to a consulting team consisting of one or more student consultants and a faculty mentor. The team will contact you to set up an initial consultation about your project.

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  6. How do I request that the Center provide a seminar on a statistical topic?
    Please go to the “Submit Request” link and fill in the requested information. The co-directors will then contact you to discuss the details.

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  7. What should I expect from the initial consultation?
    During this meeting you will be asked to describe your study/project and tell us what kind of assistance you are seeking. You can expect that the consultants will ask you many questions so that they can better familiarize themselves with your project. Depending on the complexity of your request, we may do one or more of the following:
    • Handle your request immediately (i.e., giving you statistical advice, doing a quick computation, etc.)
    • Take on your project and provide appropriate assistance
    • Reassign your project to a different consultant
    • Direct you to other resources for assistance
    • Terminate the consultation because of time constraints and/or insufficient expertise in the requested area

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  8. What information will I need to provide during the initial consultation?
    The more information you can provide the better. At minimum, you will need to provide a description of the problem, your desired outcome, and your desired service.

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  9. What should I bring to the initial consultation?
    Please keep in mind that the consultant will likely not be familiar with your particular area of student. For this reason, we ask that you bring the following (if applicable) to the initial meeting:
    • References related to your project that may familiarize the consultants with your research.
    • Copies of questionnaires or any other data collection tool used
    • Some or all of the data (with identifying information deleted or coded appropriately, as applicable)
    • Copies of any preliminary analyses of your data
    • Fellow researchers and/or collaborators on the project
    • Any other information that you feel could be helpful to the consultant

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  10. How long is the initial consultation?
    You can expect the initial consultation to last approximately 30-60 minutes.

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  11. How many face-to-face meetings will we have?
    This varies. You can expect a minimum of two meetings: the initial consultation and then again to go over the recommendation and/or analyses.

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  12. What should I do if my project changes after the initial consultation?
    Let us know any change(s) you have made. Even the smallest change can modify the analyses.

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  13. How long does it take the Center to finish the analysis?
    This varies from project to project, according to the complexity of the analysis, the cleanliness of your data, etc. It also depends on the availability of consultants, depending not only on how many projects we are currently working on but also on the number of consultants working for the Center at that time. Please allow up to four weeks for the Center to analyze your data after the initial consultation.

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  14. Will you go over the analysis with me?
    Yes. We will have a meeting to go over the recommendation and/or results with you.

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  15. When is the Center open?
    The Applied Statistics Center is open during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) when classes are in session. We will do the best we can do to accommodate you.

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  16. Do I have to pay for the services of the Center?
    Generally, no. If your project is on a much larger scale and requires payment, then you will be notified during or soon after the initial consultation. This will be agreed upon before the work is actually done.

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  17. Do I have to give the consultant(s) co-authorship on any publications that result from the analyses?
    This depends on the scope of the project and on the level of involvement of the consultants.   This will be agreed upon before the work is actually done (or at that time that the project reaches a point that would require such co-authorship).

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  18. I am a faculty/staff member at WKU. How can I become affiliated as a member of the Center?
    Simply contact us at appliedstats@wku.edu. We are always looking for new mentors for our student consultants!

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  19. I am a student at WKU. How can I work as a consultant in the Center?
    Read more about the position via the Become a Student Consultant link on the left-hand navigation menu.  If you meet the qualifications and are interested in becoming a student consultant, fill out the application that is linked on that page.  Even if we are not hiring at the time, we will keep your application on file.

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  20. Are all submitted requests fulfilled?
    Not necessarily.  Due to staff limitations, we may not be able to take on all projects at the time they are requested.  Additionally, if a project is deemed beyond the scope of what the current student consultants can handle, the project may be declined at that time.

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 Last Modified 5/21/14