Ronald Fisher

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a postmortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.

Ronald Fisher at the Indian Statistical Congress, Sankhya, ca 1938.

Mission Statement: To provide the University community and the community at large with professional assistance in the design and analysis of statistical problems for thesis, dissertations and research.

The Center for Statistical Consulting at The University of Akron is located in the College of Arts & Sciences Building (CAS), Room 118A. When requesting statistical consulting, please fill out the Request for Statistical Consulting form and return it via email to the Department of Statistics where it will be reviewed and assigned to an appropriate consultant.


  • Study Design: Clients can be assisted in developing a statistically sound study design. Potential clients are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this service early in their planning processes.
  • Data Management: Clients also may obtain help in developing the content and organization of their data sets to facilitate data entry onto a computer and subsequent analysis.
  • Data Entry: Data entry is not a primary function of the Center for Statistical Consulting (CSC). However, depending on availability, student consultants may be assigned to do some data entry. The faculty consultant will determine if the data entry will be done by the CSC and will supervise the work.
  • Analysis: Clients can receive advice as to appropriate statistical methods for their projects and be assisted in selecting software to perform the analysis.
  • Computing: Statistical computing can be done by faculty consultants or by student consultants under the supervision of a faculty consultant.
  • Interpretation: Clients can get help in the interpretation of computer output from statistical software or other results of an analysis.


  • Undergraduate Students working on honors projects will be given statistical consultation in connection with their projects free of charge. Before consultation begins, the student's advisor will be contacted to ascertain the amount of assistance to be given. Data entry and programming will be charged at a rate of $25.00 per hour.
  • Graduate Students will be given up to one free hour of consultation per semester during the academic school year. Before consultations begin, the student's advisor will be contacted to ascertain the appropriate amount of assistance to be given. Charges will be assessed at a rate of $25 per hour for additional consultation.
  • Faculty will be given an initial consultation of up to one free hour per semester during the year. Charges will be assessed at a rate of $25.00 per hour for additional consultation.
  • Funded Projects: After an initial free consultation, the grant will be billed at a rate of $50.00 per hour.
  • Outside Consultation: After an initial free consultation, outside parties will be billed at a rate of $75.00 per hour.


Payments, if required, will be made directly to the Center for Statistical Consulting, The University of Akron. Unfunded faculty and student projects will be billed at the completion of the project for which there is a charge. Funded projects and clients outside the University may be billed monthly during the time of consultation. Receipts will be given for all payments.


The CSC reserves the right to discontinue its services at any time due to nonpayment of charges or for other concerns deemed reasonable cause by the Director. These services also can be resumed after charges have been paid up-to-date or other problems have been resolved to the Director's satisfaction.


Clients are requested to notify the consultant or CSC office if they will be unable to make an appointment.

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