Statistics Clinic

The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.

— John W. Tukey (the first of six “basics” against statistician’s hubrises) in “Sunset Salvo”, American Statistician, 40, 72–76 (1986).

We regret that because of lack of resources we have had to close the statistics clinic down. Providing all the required expertise to conduct research projects is really the responsibility of the researcher’s home School, and this is normally the most appropriate source of guidance because of subject-specific requirements. If you cannot find such expertise (a) in your own school, (b) through library resources, (c) using search engines (which are often remarkably good for the careful reader), or (d) among the links at  we suggest you contact the Jean Golding Institute’s ‘ask-JGI’ service at, which is funded by the university. They may also be able to escalate more complex queries to the appropriate experts where these arise.