Data Management and Statistical Programming
An overview of the core and the services it provides
Who we are
- 6.75 FTE staff, 1 faculty advisor, 1 PRI funded graduate assistant (vacant), 1 graduate assistant shared with College of Education
- Experience in the unit: 1994-2002
- Experience in the field: 10-30yrs Coming to us from: Federal government agencies (NCI, DOE), private industry (Bethlehem Steel, MITRE, Spectrumedix), other PSU depts (ITS, student aid, colleges).
- Academic background: Computer Science, Mathematics, Library & Information science, Plant Pathology, Economics, Biology, Civil Engineering.
- Statistical programming: missing data imputation, variable reduction, causal analysis, mixed methods, nonparametric models, sampling, power analysis.
- Representative projects: Scanlon, Farkas, Johnson
- Online statistical analysis
- Online data collection & dissemination
- Team webspaces for collaborative writing, project management
- Representative projects: Grouphomes
Data management & database design
- Large-file manipulation: images, genetic, census
- Relational database design
- Lab data, survey data, medical/insurance claims
- Metadata creation and documentation
- Representative projects: Baker (MathIQ), Vogler (GOB)
Data sharing strategies
- Preliminary analysis for grant proposals, NIH minority inclusion tables
- Feasibility studies
- Followup analysis and graph production for publications
- Representative: Greenberg hand-held device software evalution, Mpofo dataset exploration
Mentoring/training grad students
Hiring Scenarios -
Scheduling arrangements are very flexible and are dictated by the specific needs of your project. However, there are several common scenarios:
Statistical ConsultantDPS faculty director David Johnson is available to provide advice on the appropriate use of statistical software packages. If you have methodological questions, we will match you up with an expert.
- Infrastructure supports ~20% of most programmers.
- Funded research by NIH, NSF, NIE, USDA, others
- Internal seed money from PRI, CYFC, others
Collaboration with other units...
- Data/project management -- Survey Research Center (Prosper, PARTS)
- Administrative systems -- SSRI/PRI Administration Core (RATS)
- Data sharing -- PRI Information Core, University Libraries (SodaPop)
- Training -- Dual-degree in Demography Program, PSU ITS
- Web programming development -- Weblion project
- Statistical programming referrals -- Methodology Consulting Center, QuaSSI
Why this works
- For the staff: varied and challenging projects, job security, collegial atmosphere
- For researchers: level of expertise and experience of individuals, and benefits of group
"When you hire an SSRI/PRI programmer, you will in a sense be acquiring the skills and experience of the entire team"