Statistical Computing Center

About SCC

The Statistical Computing Center (SCC) is supported by the Office of Graduate Studies at UMass Boston. It serves as a statistical consulting resource to strengthen research on campus by assisting faculty, staff, and graduate students in their use of statistical methods. SCC helps its clients in assessing methods and software and provides numerous training workshops.

Types of Statistical Consulting Services

The SCC provides advice on statistical problems arising in the preparation of studies, the analysis of data, and the interpretation of results. It also assists in the preparation of data analysis sections for inclusion in grant proposals and manuscript revisions. SCC can provide help on statistical issues arising at any stage of the research process:

  • Data management
  • Sample size estimation and power calculation
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Design of experiments
  • Interpretation of results
  • Preparation of reports
  • Collaboration with faculty across the entire campus in grant and contract proposal writing leading to subsequent statistical analysis and publication

More statistical expertise

  • Applied Probability
  • Simultaneous Inference
  • Scan and Spatial Statistics
  • Linear and Nonlinear Modeling
  • Longitudinal Modeling
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Hierarchical Linear Models
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Time Series
  • Monte Carlo Methodology
  • Structural Equation Modeling

Statistical Software

SCC provides support in using statistical software such as SPSS, AMOS, SAS, Stata, Matlab, R and WinBUGS. SCC provides programming support and training workshops.


SCC offers workshops in using statistical software including SPSS, SAS, Stata, Excel,  and R every semester and in applied statistics during the Spring semester. These workshops are offered free of charge to members of UMass Boston community, but due to limited space, we do ask that you register in advance. Please have a look at workshop descriptions and schedules for a list of the workshops currently being offered. We are planning to add workshops on more topics in the near future.

Many people ask us which of these packages is the best, but there truly is no one best package for everyone. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Which one is right for you really depends on the analyses you want to do, as well as your statistical and programming background.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Jie Chen at to discuss the best software for your situation.

Workshops in using statistical software

  • SPSS 1 and SPSS 2
  • SAS 1 and SAS 2
  • Stata 1 and Stata 2
  • Statistical Analysis Using Excel
  • An Introduction to R for Statistical Analysis
  • Introduction to Practical Bayesian Modeling using WinBUGS

Workshops in applied statistics

  • Structural Equation Modeling Using Mplus and AMOS  I- IV
  • Introduction to HLM (Mixed Models) using SPSS
  • Sample Size Estimation and Power Calculation using SAS
  • Missing Data Analysis using SAS
  • Introduction to Survival Data Analysis (Event History Analysis) using SPSS

How to obtain Statistical Consulting Services

You can make an appointment by sending an email to Dr Jie Chen at or to graduate assistant Carl Fakhry at


  • Statistical Consulting Services
    Healey Library 5-0001
    P. 617.287.5241
    Jie Chen, PhD
    Senior Statistician

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