Statistical consulting

lstat2380  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Statistical consulting
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Ritter Christian;
Professional integration activity

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
- Exploratory data analysis and rendering of data by tables and graphs - practical issues in data analysis (missing values, outliers, transformations) - review of common statistical analysis methods (regression, ANOVA, multivariate analysis; choice depends on selected projects) - communication with clients (project discussions, presentation of results, report writing) - professional and ethical conduct (analysis plan and cost estimation, mutual responsibilities of statistician and client, truthful representation, guidelines for ethical conduct) - practical problem solving in two real life cases coming from diverse application areas including medecine, psychology, engineering, agronomy and business ...

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The participants in this course will acquire knowledge and skill in three areas: - statistical analysis of real life data (from problem method), - communication (discussion with clients, oral and written presentation of results), - aspects of professionalism and ethical conduct (planning, cost, good practice) To accomplish these objectives, the participants will work on two real life consulting projects and their evaluation provides the main part of their grade.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Introduction to statistical practice. Problem oriented approaches to statistical work on problems presented by clients from research, business, or public organizations. Important elements:
- structuring projects with statistical content
- exploratory data analysis using effective visualizations
- challenges in statistical practice (missing values, outliers, transformations)
- communication with clients (meetings, presentations, reporting)
- professionalism (organization, planning, documenting, data privacy, intellectual property)
The center of the course consists of two real life case studies from different subject areas including medecine, psychology, industry, agriculture, management, and marketing.
Teaching methods
Mostly problem based learning
Two real projects
Reading of articles and sharing with the group
Exercises in data visualization, presentation and report writing
Evaluation methods
Evaluation based on the two real projects (statistical work, presentation, report writing)
Other information
A collection of articles in statistics, data science and neighboring disciplines will be distributed for reading and discussion.
Online resources
Moodle site.
Une série d'articles parus dans la littérature statistique récente est consacrée à cette problématique. Une liste détaillée sera remise aux étudiants.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Data Science Engineering

Master [120] in Statistic: Biostatistics

Master [120] in Statistic: General

Master [120] in data Science: Statistic

Master [120] in data Science: Information technology