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Expert in Statistical Methodology, Data Analysis and Reporting

Expert ID: 728461 Saudi Arabia

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Expert. Expert has an advanced degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford. He has taught statistics for over 20 years and has been consulted by researchers (for grants and papers). He has written articles on statistical methodology & reporting and has serverd as a reviewer for book proposals. He has used a number of statistical software packages including SPSS and Minitab, and more recently R and RExcel for doing analyses and advanced graphics (ggplot2, also SigmaPlot for graphics). His general approach has largely been a frequentist - in significance testing, but with special emphasis on effect size and confidence intervals. He has experience in likelihood ratios and some experience with Bayesian methods and credibility intervals. He has experience in time-series analysis (including Fast Fourier transform of sequential data), multivariate methods especially multiple regression and principal components analysis, multilevel models, ANCOVA, MANOVA and ANOVA (all with respect to the general linear model).

Expert has experience with most statistical methods, including Monte Carlo sampling and bootstrapping. He also has a PhD in neuropharmacology and has published numerous research papers in neurobiology, sense of touch and the skin.

Statistical consultant to a grant funded by the Scottish Office (2007 – 2008). Further data analysis concerning the effectiveness of "talking mats" for communication, use of parametric (ANOVA) and non-parametric statistical tests.
Statistical consultant to a grant funded by the Scottish Office (2001 – 2004). To analyse data concerning the effectiveness of "talking mats" with emphasis on reliability and validity.Consultant for Project Grant awarded to Expert F.A.W. Wilson (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA) by the NIH, 1999. This was for pharmacological investigations using glutamate in the behaving primate.Evaluator of drugs on an international panel of experts for the company Current Drugs Ltd, in 1997.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: MSc Subject: Applied Statistics Institution: University of Oxford
Year: 1984 Degree: PhD Subject: Pharmacology Institution: University of Bristol
Year: 1980 Degree: BSc Subject: Psychology Institution: University of St Andrews

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Lecturer Department: Psychology Responsibilities: Teaching Research Methodology, performing research in Neuroscience.
Years: 1984 to 1989 Employer: University of Oxford Title: Research Assistant Department: Psychology Responsibilities: Worked on neurophysiology of memory in behaving animals funded by the Medical Research Council.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2004 to Present Agency: BBC Scotland Role: Expert Description: He was interviewed by Edi Stark of for her Take Five: Touch programme broadcast 14 March 2005.
Years: 2003 to Present Agency: BBC1/Discovery programme Role: Expert Description: He was commissioned (completed cost £857) to build a robotic tactile (tickle) stimulator to be used in a programme for the series on the Human Senses. He was invited to appear in the programme.
Years: 1997 to Present Agency: BBC television Role: Expert Description: He was consulted for a science documentary proposal.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 1999 Country / Region: USA/Arizona Summary: Consultant for Project Grant awarded to Expert F.A.W. Wilson (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA) by the NIH, 1999. This was for pharmacological investigations using glutamate in the behaving primate, on sabbatical from the University of Stirling.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Royal Statistical Society;
British Pharmacological Society;
Physiological Society (London);
Society for Neuroscience.
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 60 publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Statistical decision making, statistical evidence, probabilities.
Training / Seminars
Statistical inference, use of confidence intervals, statistical theory, multivariate statistics.
Other Relevant Experience
Use of R programming language.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency

Fields of Expertise

applied statistics, arithmetic mean, biostatistics, F distribution, histogram, linear model, medical statistics, normal density function, normal distribution, parameter, principal components analysis, statistic, statistical graphics, statistical inference, statistical median, statistics, Student's t statistic, Student's t test, Type II error, analysis of variance, bivariate analysis, chi-square method, data, data correlation, lognormal distribution, Monte Carlo method, neurobiology, neuropharmacology, Poisson density function, probability distribution, regression analysis, skin structure, statistical computer software, statistical computing, statistical data analysis, statistical degree of freedom, statistical estimation, statistical method, statistical sampling, statistical simulation, likelihood ratio, meta-analysis, estimate, survey statistics, social statistics, statistical design of experiments, design of experiments, fitting models to data, environmental statistics, geometric mean, statistical sampling plan, flexible statistical model building, degree of freedom, multivariate statistical analysis, statistical survey analysis, statistical survey, survey design, probability theory, reliability, statistical quality control, continuous distribution function, data acquisition, binomial mathematical distribution, sampling error, algorithm, biological process, mathematical function, time-series analysis, stochastic process, statistical process control, skewed density function, sampling, nonparametric statistics, multivariate analysis, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, factor analysis, exponential density function, epidemiology, curve fitting, covariance, clinical trial, biometrics, biology

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