Statistics and Methods Core Mission
The Statistics and Methods Core supports CCPR research and training by providing expertise in the choice, development, and implementation of statistical methodology. CCPR offers “drop-in” statistical consulting services to meet short-term needs of CCPR affiliates. The unit staff provide advice about what to do and how to do it as well as assistance with statistical software and development of specialized statistical methods. This includes:
- providing advice on all aspects of statistical design and analysis for CCPR research projects;
- developing new statistical methodology, models, and tools to support current and proposed research projects;
- coordinating the matching of the statistical expertise in other units of the UCLA campus with CCPR research projects;
- improving CCPR affiliates’ access to state-of-the art statistical methodology through workshops and seminar series and advising the Computing Core and Social Science Computing on acquisition and support of statistical software.
Center for Social Statistics
Beginning in Fall 2015, the Center for Social Statistics (CSS) is now housed within CCPR in order to advance methodological aspects of demographic research. Through research collaborations and development workshops, the CSS fosters collaborative research between statistical and social scientists, increasing the quantitative sophistication of graduate and undergraduate students in the social sciences. The CSS is directed by Mark S. Handcock (Department of Statistics), who is also the Director of CCPR’s Statistics and Methods core.
The integration of CSS in CCPR combines the synergies in the development of new methods and applications to demographic problems. Some of the activities of the CSS are: