Advanced Data Analysis Workshop
Spring 2014
last updated November 22, 2013

Overview Goals Schedule Assessment Policies Resources


This workshop course is custom designed around your statistical analysis goals.  We will begin with short descriptive presentations by course participants which identify a scientific working hypothesis, statistical null hypothesis and analysis goal for the semester.  Based on these presentations, I will work individually with each participant to design and implement a semester-long statistical analysis project.   Ideally this work will contribute directly to your thesis or dissertation work.  We will meet weekly and individually to discuss progress and plan next steps.  At the end of the semester, students will present and defend their results and interpretation in class.  Because of the nature of the course, participation is limited to a maximum of 10 students.


By the conclusion of the semester, students should be able to:



Location and Time: BPS 1228, Tu 2:00-4:45p.

Instructor: Michael Evans , Department of Geology and ESSICChemistry Bldg, Rm 1212B.  ph 301-405-8763;  email:

Office hours:
TBD and by email.  Class sessions will effectively be like office hours.  I will try to answer emails between class sessions within 24 hours, and reserve the right to copy the class on replies of interest/benefit to all.

A research dataset (observations or simulations) to be studied over the course of the semester, and permission of the instructor.

Reading and course materials: There is no textbook required for this course.  Per copyright fair use guidelines, we will identify and share readings electronically as password protected PDF files, served from this webpage, as necessary.


Assessment (subject to revision)  


Statistical background is available from the following excellent sources, some of which I have available for short-term loan (links to commercial vendors are convenient descriptors and give access to tables of contents, but are not intended to be sales endorsements):

Policies (per UMD guidelines)

Schedule (subject to revision -- refresh page for latest update)
Jan 28
Introduction and organization
Feb 4 Initial presentations: Scientific working hypothesis, statistical null hypothesis development
Feb 11, 18, 25;
Mar 4, 11, 25;
Apr 2, 9, [16], 23, 30

Guided inquiry: individual research projects

May 7
Final presentations