School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research

Statistical Consultant

Dr Dalice Sim is the Victoria University Statistical Consultant.

Statistical consulting services are offered jointly by the Research Office and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research for clients within Victoria University and private or governmental organisations.

The service aims to enhance the university research environment by offering quality statistical advice to research projects, to provide interdisciplinary research and collaboration opportunities for students from all Schools and to develop collaborations with external organisations through consulting work.

Clients are encouraged to contact the service at an early stage of the study, to help verify that the planned procedures and study size will be appropriate for the proposed work. The statistician may also suggest ways to maximise available resources through the use of efficient study designs and appropriate data management techniques.

Services Offered

We offer a range of services, including:

  • Advice on study design
  • Data management
  • Choice and application of statistical methods
  • Data analysis and interpretation of results
  • Assistance with statistical software and programming

Initial Consulting Session

The initial meeting is a chance for the consultant to become familiar with the research project, and to offer an outline of the course of action and an estimate of the time and cost involved for the work. It is essential to provide as much information as possible about the research project at this meeting.

Information should include a written summary of the project, including a clear articulation of the research question, a description of the project and a copy of the research proposal, if available.

For clients wanting advice for statistical analysis, the data file and a description of the data would be helpful.

Consulting Rates

Victoria University Researchers

Short-term consultations are offered to Victoria University staff and students free of charge.

For longer-term services or substantial projects, compensation may be arranged through grant funding (if available) or shared publications.

Students wanting assistance with their thesis or dissertation should first obtain the approval of their supervisor before requesting consultancy services.

Private or Governmental Organisations

Clients from private or governmental organisations have access to a range of statistical consultancy services at competitive rates. Please contact Dalice Sim for more information.

About the Statistical Consultant

Dr Dalice Sim studied Mathematics and Statistics at Auckland University before completing a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Her statistical interests include clinical trials, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis and categorical data analysis.

Dalice most enjoys working with researchers and students from a variety of disciplines to enable them to make sense of their data.

Students and researchers are welcome to contact Dalice for more information.