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Effective statistical analysis requires a sound knowledge of statistical theory as well as experience in its application. BiometricsSA staff are qualified biometricians who have been trained in the correct and appropriate use of statistical methods. Staff maintain regular contact with biometricians and statisticians throughout the world, keep abreast of new developments in biometrical theory and statistical computing, and are involved in the development of new methods.
Consulting with BiometricsSA from the beginning of the project will result in a well designed study that will save time and money, will maximise the information obtained, and will enable deadlines to be met.
Our aim is to work with you, providing the best possible design and analysis for your project. Our contribution to your work should be appropriately recognised, either by involving BiometricsSA staff as co-authors of published papers, or by acknowledgment in any paper where assistance has been given.
Advice will not ordinarily be given over the phone or by e-mail. In our experience, a 'quick' question often masks a complex problem, requiring a consultation for discussion of all the issues.
As the demand for statistical consulting is high, appointments should be made at least a week in advance. Each consultation for SARDI staff, Faculty of Sciences staff and students is usually limited to one hour, while external consulation will be scheduled as required.
Priority will be given to projects where the statistician is involved in all stages of the research.
All new research students (including Honours students) are requested to bring their supervisor(s) to the first consultation.
Where, as occasionally happens, conflicting advice on statistical matters is received from other sources, the matter should be resolved by discussion between all parties.
We are committed to finding the most appropriate solution for the problem at hand.
SARDI and Faculty of Sciences staff and students
Initial consultations on new projects are not charged. The design and analysis of projects are charged at a rate agreed to by both parties, and quotations will be issued for all work. The cost can be based on an hourly rate or a flat fee. This is negotiable.
Our fundamental desire is to ensure the highest quality consulting and collaboration within budget constraints. We encourage all researchers applying for funding to include a budget line for biometrical or statistical support to ensure that statistical aspects of the research can be conpleted.
Quotations for our services will be provided in writing. Contracts for consulting services are handled by Adelaide Research and Innovation, the Consulting Company of the University of Adelaide. Our charges are competitive and are based on the requirement for equality with the commercial sector.
In every consultation and/or collaboration, the staff of BiometricsSA will provide high quality biometrical services in the research effort of staff and students. Our aim is to contribute to the success of each project by optimising resources and ensuring that the data collected answer the substantive scientific questions.
To this end BiometricsSA undertakes:
BiometricsSA expects that you will: