Stats for the Masses Newsletter
January 2018

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2018. I spent much of 2017 re-tooling the consultancy and have added more to the mix. 

This year, I am hitting the ground running to turn my vision into tangible offerings.

I have therefore designated 2018 as the year of How May I Help You? This year is all about adding more of me for you. 

This year you can look forward to:

  • More articles! I work in a dual space so I will be writing two blog posts each month, one for dissertation candidates, and one for biotech and clinical researchers.  And, I am currently a regular guest writer for two online journals in the clinical research space; Clinical Leader and First Clinical Research.  Lot's of writing, right? Well, there is so much to write about! Statistics is a very fascinating! Stop laughing.
  • I have partnered with some wonderful APA editors and various other support sources, and I now have the resources in place for completing all 5 chapters of a dissertation! Together we can not only get it done, we can get it ALL done!
  • Members of my mailing list (if you are receiving this newsletter you're on the list) will be emailed a weekly Stats Grab Bag, which includes advice, links, and useful information that I come across in my work as a statistician. I like to think of it as tiny tidbits from practice. 
  • Monthly newsletters (instead of quarterly).
  •  Free webinars will continue to be offered each quarter.
  •  MORE Live in-person seminars! NEW Live on-line workshops!
Cheeto the Office Dog! 

I also have a new dog, Cheeto. She is a rescue from the pound and I saved her just in time. What a wonderful pup! She has a chair in my office by the fireplace and watches me work during the day. 

She has lots of energy, so if you hear barking while we are on a phone call, it's just Cheeto the Office Dog saying, "Hello!" She's spoiled rotten. But I am thinking of ways to work her into the business to earn her kibble.

Cheeto and I wish you all of our best for a very Happy, Prosperous, and Enchanting 2018! 

Upcoming Events

FREE Quarterly Webinar: February 7, 2018; 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Power Analysis for Sample Size - A Brief Yet Useful Overview

Want to know how to find the right sample size for your study? Too few subjects and you'll waste time. Too many subjects and you'll waste time and money! 

Please join Elaine Eisenbeisz, Owner and Principal of Omega Statistics, as she presents an overview of power analysis techniques for determining sample size (a priori techniques). Elaine will take some time during the event to work examples in GPower and R software. There is always some time for Q&A during the event so bring your  questions! 

All registrants will receive handouts and a link to a recording of the webinar. So if you cannot attend the live event, you can watch later at your convenience. 

The webinar and recording are FREE! But space is limited, so register soon. This webinar is a Stats for the Masses Favorite, so seats will fill up fast! 

LIVE Events. Two-Day In-Person Workshops. Meet Elaine and learn a lot! Various Locations and Dates. Click on the links for each event for fees and further details.

Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP)
February 22 & 23, 2018: Los Angeles, CA

Biostatistics for the Non-Statistician
March 1& 2, 2018:  Boston, MA

Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP)
April 12 & 13, 2018: Philadelphia, PA

Biostatistics for the Non-Statistician
May 10 & 11:  Salt Lake City, UT

People are Talking: Omega Statistics on the Web

Here are a few articles and etc. about Omega Statistics, Elaine Eisenbeisz, and the services we offer. Thanks so much to VoyageLA, Jesse Sharp of Sharp Statistical Sciences, and Kathleen Cannon of for your interest in Omega Statistics and  for the opportunity to be featured on your sites and blogs!

(Just click on the green font colors in the text to read each article/post.)

VoyageLA features articles with inspiring stories about inspiring people. They think Elaine Eisenbeisz is one of them!

Jesse Sharp wrote a wonderful blog piece about the concept of "Coopetition" and featured Elaine and Omega Statistics as an example. Thanks Jesse! Here's to a great 2018 for both of our companies! 

Kathleen Cannon, one of the best editors we know, has written a very encouraging blog piece about the "legal-ness" of hiring a statistician to help with dissertations. It is legal by the way. If in doubt, ask your committee about the type of assistance you can receive. 

Look who was on the cover of AMSTAT News for December, 2017! Elaine is in the second row, on the right, with colleagues Jesse Sharp of Sharp Statistical Sciences and Isabella Ghement of Ghement Statistical Consulting Company, Ltd.  Out sign said, "WSDS is Statstastic!"
Dissertation Den

Many dissertation candidates ask me if I can turn around a Methods or Results chapter in a few days or a week. There are a couple of reasons that I cannot turn a chapter around that quickly. 

The first reason is that I am in high demand and I have a waiting list. Typically it takes me at least a month, often 6 weeks, to turn around a dissertation chapter. This is still pretty darn fast. I tell clients, "Finishing in 4 to 6 weeks what typically takes months to do IS fast!" 

The second reason is that even without a waiting list and with nothing else for me to do, it would take almost a month. And that is without any complications with the methods or data analysis. It really does take time to do it right.

Not convinced? Check out this article I found by Eve Lantsoght about the time it took her to complete her dissertation. And schedule your hours accordingly! 
Clinical Craftworks 

A great study protocol deserves a well thought out statistical analysis plan. Read Elaine's column for Clinical Leader 5 (Fairly Simple) Statistical Analysis Plan Elements to Implement in Your Clinical Study.

Want to know how to read those blobbograms? (also called forest plots) Check out Elaine's article in the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices: Making Sense of Biostatistics: Blobbograms.

We all know about RCT's, but what if a patient has a preference in group assignment? Read another of Elaine's  articles in the Journal of  Clinical Research Best Practices : Making Sense of Biostatistics: Partially Randomized Patient Preference Trials. 

About Elaine and Omega Statistics

Elaine Eisenbeisz (pronounced "I-SEN-BUYS" but you can call her Elaine) is a statistician with graduate level education in statistics and extensive expertise in all phases of design and analysis. Her education and experience give her a deeper insight into the theory and practice of the discipline of statistics. 

Elaine and the Omega Statistics team are professional, personable, and knowledgeable. We deliver analysis reports that are both informative and intelligible. All of our services include consulting as you need it, in order for you to understand and present your results with confidence.
We can perform most projects on a flat fee basis. The fee quoted includes all work to meet your specifications, including a written report and consulting. In essence, the fee for services includes everything you need to complete your project. And, if in the rare instance Elaine can't do it, She probably knows someone who can. Feel free to email or call 877-461-7226 to discuss your needs or any questions you may have!
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