Whether you need a second opinion on your latest regression discontinuity design or need help understanding the difference between an independent and dependent variable, the Legal Data Lab is here to help! Our consultations cover everything from basic tutoring on key statistical and data management concepts, to troubleshooting runtime errors in your programming code, to advising clients on the tradeoffs between different research designs and modeling strategies. With roughly 20 years of data science experience, the Legal Data Lab is the place to go for statistical and programming advice!
The nature of your research question and the data you have at your disposal generally shape which empirical method(s) to use. Even then, however, the appropriate research method to use in a given situation is not always obvious and interpreting the results of the analysis can be difficult. Let us do this hard work for you.
Here are some of the statistical and inferential methods in which we specialize:
With years of experience in Stata, SAS, R, and Python we can help optimize the collection and cleaning of research data so that you can focus on running your tests. Scraping websites, joining/merging/slicing/concatenating dataframes, or simply pulling data from canned resources like ICPSR or WRDS are daily and well-known activities for us. As librarians, finding the appropriate sources is also a common and familiar task.
Researchers have a few options for storing datasets. Those options are:
We offer a series of applied trainings on different statistical software and programming packages, as well as specific topics in statistical modeling and inference. We've offered workshops on Natural Language Processing and Survival Analysis in association with UVA StatLab on Main Grounds, and we hope to offer these and other workshops at the Law School in the not too distant future.