SSCC Statistical Consulting

For the duration of the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, statistical consulting is available via email or video chat. It's especially important right now to send email questions to helpdesk@ssc.wisc.edu, not to Doug or Russell directly, so someone can help you even one of them were to get sick. To set up a video chat, click on one of the links below:

If you run into problems making an appointment using Doodle, email the Help Desk to let them know and send them some times you could meet.

The SSCC's dedicated staff of statistical consultants offer advice and support to researchers and others who do statistical analysis. Their primary focus is computing and statistical software issues, but they can also help with statistical methodology questions in areas where they have sufficient expertise. They are eager to assist researchers, instructors teaching classes that involve statistical analysis, and students who need to do statistical analysis for class work or projects. Software they support includes Stata, R, SPSS, SAS, and MPlus. SSCC statistical consulting cannot replace coursework or serious study of the statistical techniques you wish to use, or guidance from a faculty advisor or other expert in your field.

The SSCC's consulting services are available for free to members of the Social Science Computing Cooperative. Other members of the campus community can receive statistical consulting on a paid basis.

SSCC's statistical consultants offer regular training on statistical software and related topics, which is available to anyone affiliated with the University though there is a charge for those who are not members of the Cooperative. They have also created an extensive Statistical Computing Knowledge Base, which includes both general introductions to statistical software and discussion of many specialized topics. The Knowledge Base is available to anyone.

To receive statistical consulting email helpdesk@ssc.wisc.edu, call 262-9917, stop by 4226 Sewell Social Sciences Building during drop-in consulting hours, or make an appointment with one of our statistical consultants.

For remote help, email or meetings via video chat work best, because we can share code, output, error messages, and data fairly easily.

Drop-in consulting hours are:

1:00 - 2:00 Doug Hemken
4226I
2:00 - 4:00 Russell Dimond
4226B

Drop-in consulting is on a first-come-first served basis; no appointment is necessary. If there are others waiting please limit your visit to 20-30 minutes.

We've replaced Scheduling Assistant (retired by DoIT) with Doodle Bookable Calendars. If you have any difficulty using Bookable Calendars, please email helpdesk@ssc.wisc.edu.

If your question is about... Make your appointment with...
Stata or R Doug or Russell
Advanced Stata Usage Russell
Advanced R Usage Doug
Python Russell
SPSS Doug
Multiple Imputation Russell
Structural Equation Modeling Doug
Propensity Score Matching Russell

If you are teaching a class that requires statistical software in the Social Science division of the College of Letters and Science, the SSCC's statistical consultants can give your students a brief introduction to any of the packages they support. They are also available for the occasional guest lecture. See our Resources for Instructors for more information. Students can get help with using statistical software for projects or class work by contacting the consultants as described above.