Stats What I’m Talking About
- Bachelor of Science (Statistics and Economics), University of Western Australia
- Bachelor of Arts (Sports Studies), University of Canberra
And a little bit more…
- Doctor of Business Administration (partially completed, now on hold while I develop my books ’n’ stats businesses), 2014
Time spent on the job
- Undergraduate Lecturer/Tutor, University of Canberra, 1992-97
- Mathematics Teacher, Canberra Institute of Technology, 1993-97
- Undergraduate Statistics Tutor, Murdoch University, 2000-03
- Undergraduate Statistics Tutor, University of WA, 2000-03
- Postgraduate Lecturer, University of WA Business School’s MBA Program, 2000-13 (including Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007)
What I can do for you?
Statistically, I specialise in:
- consultancy and data analysis using Excel, PHStat (Excel add-in) and SPSS statistical packages, summarised with a written MS Word report
- group seminars, most recently to senior management at the City of Melville in Perth, using 20 years of experience teaching at the tertiary level
- seminar material preparation using PowerPoint supported by Excel, PHStat or SPSS
- one-to-one or group tutorials for those studying Data Analysis at an MBA level or students undertaking first-year university statistics.
How I tackle statistics
While I enjoy the theoretical and formulaic side of statistics, I accept most people think of the discipline as “sadistics” (just as many regards mathematics as “masochistics”). My extensive teaching experience at four Australian tertiary institutions has assisted me in pitching statistics at the appropriate level for different groups, whether in seminar, written report or teaching mode. In this “computer age”, stats are far more available to the average punter. One only has to look at cricket and football (AFL) telecasts to see how rapidly statistics’ profile has escalated in recent years. As such, people really only need to know what various data values mean and not how they’re calculated.
On some occasions, you may just want a series of graphs and tables to succinctly display data. The old cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true. On other occasions, you may require a more detailed analysis of the data, including prediction and forecasting. My journalism, creative writing and teaching backgrounds, combined with years of experience using statistical packages, enable me to prepare “readable” and “user-friendly” reports.
At the tertiary level, I believe the best way like to instil confidence in data analysis and statistics students is to highlight practical problems – whether they relate to business, the humanities, science or even sport – and demonstrate how they can be solved using statistics.
- Consultancy and data analysis: $50 per hour
- Group seminars: $200 per hour
- Seminar material preparation: $50 per hour
- Individual – $40 per hour
- Pairs – $25 per hour per person
- Groups of three-plus – $20 per hour per person
However, all fees listed above are negotiable. Rather than pay an hourly rate for my services, you may prefer a fixed fee which I can arrange.