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The Lynn Y.S. Lin

Statistical Consulting Center

The Statistical Consulting Center of the School of Statistics provides statistical support to improve research in all areas at the University of Minnesota.

We can help you:

  • design experiments and surveys
  • select and perform appropriate analyses
  • interpret results
  • write about statistical methods and results

We help with:

  • grant proposals
  • journal articles
  • student theses
  • responses to reviewer comments

We listen to your scientific needs and work with you to translate them into statistical questions and find solutions that are reasonable and understandable. We have worked on thousands of projects with University researchers, including everything from questions that can be answered on the spot to in-depth research projects that take months or years of collaboration, and we look forward to working with you.

The Statistical Consulting Center is a fee-for-service organization within the School of Statistics in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.

For more information about locations, rates, and making an appointment, click here.

What does a consultation look like?

A first meeting usually consists of a lot of listening; we want to be sure we understand your specific situation before making any suggestions. After that, it varies depending on your needs.

Some researchers prefer to just get advice and guidance; two or three meetings may be sufficient. Others prefer in-person working sessions, where we can provide more in-depth assistance. Others prefer that we do a full analysis and written report. Still others invite one of our staff consultants to contribute their expertise as a full collaborator on their research team.

Our consultants include both PhD level staff and faculty and PhD students from the School of Statistics with special training in statistical consulting. Our student consultants meet regularly with faculty and staff to review cases and get assistance on difficult problems.

About Lynn Y.S. Lin

Dr. Lynn Lin (PhD 1975) is a University Alumnus of Notable Achievement. He was raised in Taiwan in humble circumstances, but excelled at school and university there, before making his way to Minnesota for his PhD. From his earliest days, Dr. Lin was dedicated to statistical solutions for real-world problems. He worked at Pillsbury and Booz, Allen Hamilton before branching out on his own. He is perhaps best-known for BASES, the new-product sales forecasting methodology he invented, and which now has an 85% market share. Dr. Lin is also focused on giving back. He is a regular speaker at educational events for quantitative professionals. The School has benefited from his support for summer internships that have exposed so many of our graduate students to the uses and applications of statistics in the real world. The School is proud of its role in the life of this innovator and benefactor, and are honored to name our consulting center after him.

  • About Us
    General information about the consulting center, including what a consultation can look like.
  • Locations
    We have offices on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
  • Making an appointment
    What information we need to set up an appointment.
  • Current Rates
    Current rates, and information on funding to provide no-cost assistance to CVM researchers.
  • Contact Information
    How to reach any of our current staff.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Answers to many questions about our service.