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.

  • Consulting

    Drop-in Office Hours:

    Please schedule a Zoom meeting with the Statistics Team

    CCPR offers “drop-in” statistical consulting services to meet short-term needs of CCPR affiliates. This can include:

    • assistance with study planning and design,
    • assistance with the choice and application of statistical methods,
    • advice on interpretation and presentation of statistical results.

    In addition to helping you with what to do, we will also help you with how to do it:

    • assistance with statistical software,
    • development of specialized statistical methods.

  • Statistical Computing

    • For a list of statistical packages available to CCPR affiliates please see CCPR Computing
    • For commonly used hoffman2 commands, please see this page
    • UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (formerly Academic Technology Services) provides UCLA researchers with assistance in statistical computing issues through the Statistical Consulting Group. Currently, IDRE offers classes and seminars, as well as learning modules on SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R through their statistical computing page
  • Temporary Data R.A.

    The Statistics and Methods Core now offers CCPR faculty affiliates the use of a Temporary Data Research Assistant. This position was created to assist in the beginning stages of research projects. The R.A. will be available to CCPR faculty investigators to assist in importing, managing, organizing, and cleaning data for analysis, and also for literature searches and review.

  • Presentation Templates

    You can find CCPR templates for presentations at this link

Workshops

The Statistics and Methods Core offers workshops in statistical methods and programming open to CCPR affiliates and the general public. All past workshops (along with recordings and material) can be viewed at this link. You can view the workshop events sorted into the primary topics below.

Center for Social Statistics

Since Fall 2015, the Center for Social Statistics (CSS) is 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).

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:

  • The CSS Seminar Series with external speakers  (see CSS Events)
  • Informal brown bag lunches with faculty affiliates
  • Seed grant program with awards of $10-20K for collaborative research between a social science and a statistics faculty member