What is the Statistics Clinic

Our Aim

Following the successful experience of many Statistics Departments all over the world (see for instance http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/clinic/), the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Bologna starts the activities of its own Statistics Clinic.

The Statistics Clinic aims to offer free statistical consulting services to all university members. Everyone is invited to attend, regardless of their fields. Our services range from statistical advice to new methodology development. We will also be very interested in discussing potential academic collaborations and possible joint projects.

People outside the University of Bologna who are interested in the services of the Statistics Clinic are invited to contact us. The first meeting will be free. In case a collaboration is required, we will decide how to proceed according to the University regulations on commissioned research activities.

Our Services

Interested colleagues are invited to send an e-mail to the address asking for an appointment on one of the scheduled dates. It is often helpful to have a short description of the request in the e-mail so that we can involve the most experienced helpers on the topic. You may find our areas of expertise here. It might be nice if you could bring your data with you. You may arrive any time during our open hours (but preferably earlier if you want to have a more thorough discussion with our helpers). Researchers are served in order of their arrival on the clinic day. We will match returning colleagues to a helper they have spoken before if possible.

Here is the scope of services we provide:


  • Help the researchers understand how to formulate their problems in a more precise and abstract way.
  • Point to books, papers and software packages that might help them with their work.


  • Suggest appropriate statistical tools to highlight the most useful information from the data.



  • Show contemporary, maybe cutting edge methods that can used to understand the data better, make more precise predictions and test the hypotheses more reliably.
  • Allow contact with other researchers in Bologna and beyond, who specialise in a particular type of problem.


What we expect in return

We hope that sometimes our discussion might evolve into genuine scientific collaboration, but in many cases a small acknolwedgement in your paper of our assistance will be fine.