Statistical Consulting Group

Background of the Service

Statistically-sound methodology for the agricultural sciences has been the priority during the early years of statistics in the university. The need for basic and advance experimental designs mainly demanded for the development of statistics. Demand for highly-trained statisticians also grew.

The then Department of Statistics and Statistical Laboratory (DSSL) under the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) has been home for the new batch of flourishing statisticians in the university. In 1998, DSSL separated from IMSP and became a distinct and independent unit, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT). This event paved the way for an even brighter future for faculty-statisticians. Members of the faculty served as consultants to different projects and extension services. Exposure to both technical and specialized fields brought gains in broadening the applications of statistics.

Both masters and doctor of philosophy degrees have also been established and handled by INSTAT. The need to centralize the management of the services needed by researchers grew. Under the initiative of Dr. Zita VJ. Albacea, professor of Statistics and former executive director of the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute, the Statistical Consulting Group or SCG was formed in the year 2000. The objective mainly is to create an extension service arm of the institute that has its own management system that provides centralized distribution of services to be rendered by the faculty statisticians. It also provides opportunities for young faculty-statisticians to practice their skills.

Given the demand for consultation and analyses centralized at SCG, this gave both the university researchers and the faculty statisticians an avenue to further discuss collaborative researches. As years passed, SCG opened its doors to clients outside the university. These clients included undergraduate and graduate students from public and private schools, commercial institutions, and government and non-government offices. Revisions on the procedures were made to improve the quality of output and researches at the very least cost.

SERVICES

Statistical Advice on Surveys and Experiments

Based on the objectives of your study, we will help design your experiments. This would ensure the validity of the results of the tests to answer your research questions. Also, in conducting studies involving surveys, we can help you in designing the sampling procedure, sample size determination, and preparation of the survey instrument.

Data Encoding and Processing

We can assist you in the encoding/processing of your data or in the construction of database for your research data set. Such database will guarantee easy management of the data for statistical analyses.

Statistical Analysis

Our statistician will analyze your data with appropriate statistical tools depending on the problem, data gathered, and assumptions, using statistical packages like SAS. We will assist you in interpreting the results of the data analysis and make those ‘numbers’ meaningful to your research problem.

SCG General Procedure

For Statistical Analysis

  • An initial meeting with the consultant will be set to discuss relevant details like procedures used, design, hypotheses to be tested, etc. to identify the appropriate statistical methods to use.
  • Succeeding meetings, if necessary, will be set via email or through the SCG’s contact number.
  • As soon as consulting job is completed, the consultant or SCG Manager sets a final meeting to present and discuss the results with the client. Meeting schedules must be strictly observed.
  • A billing statement of the basic charge will be provided by the treasurer which should be settled with the UPLB Foundation, Inc.
  • Should there be additional charges, another billing statement will be issued before a copy of the results is released.

For Consultation

  • The SCG manager will notify you of the scheduled meeting with the consultant.
  • A billing statement of the consultation fee will be provided by the treasurer which must be settled with UPLB Foundation, Inc.
  • Meet with the consultant on the scheduled date.

Rates

We offer packaged rates for statistical analysis and consultation depending on client type.  The following are the minimum charges (in pesos), which include analysis for ten variables and one hour consultation with the statistician:

TYPE OF STUDYANALYSISCONSULTATION
UPLBNON-UPLBUPLBNON-UPLB
Undergraduate study10001200250300
Graduate study14001800300350
Project/Research23002900350400

A fee of P15 – P40 will be charged for every additional variable based on the analysis done.

For more information, contact:

  • The Manager, INSTAT Statistical Consulting Group
  • Room C-319, 3/F Wing C, Francisco O. Santos Hall, Harold Cuzner Royal Palm Avenue,
    University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna, Philippines 4030
  • +63 49 536 0818
  • instatscg@yahoo.com