Data Science and Statistics Consultations

Researchers who encounter challenges or questions working with data, including writing code to work with or visualize data, can request assistance from specialists from the Research Computing and Data Services team.  These short, no-cost consultations are an effective way to get your questions answered, troubleshoot code, or seek advice on analysis strategies or approaches.

Support is available both virtually and in-person.  Get started by submitting a consult request.


Features and Benefits

Areas of support include:

  • R, Python, and SQL
  • Other programming languages and statistical software programs such as Stata and MATLAB
  • Data visualization: static and interactive
  • Web scraping and data collection
  • Text analysis and extracting information from text documents
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics
  • Statistics
  • Data analysis approaches
  • Transforming, reformatting, and wrangling data files
  • Collecting data from the web, databases, APIs, and other sources
  • Automating repetitive research tasks
  • Research reproducibility and replicability

Support for geographic analysis and GIS tools, qualitative analysis, and text analysis of library resources is also provided through this service through partnership with Northwestern University Libraries.  


Types of support include:

  • Exploration of and advice on analysis approaches
  • Troubleshooting
  • Assistance interpreting analysis results
  • Support implementing statistical or machine learning methods in various languages and programs
  • Help understanding existing code or documentation
  • Guidance on packages or libraries
  • Identification of resources for further learning


Available to

Support is limited to Northwestern research only. Assistance with coursework or commercial endeavors is not available.
Open to all Northwestern University researchers including:

  • University researchers
  • Faculty
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate student
  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Staff

Please note:

  • Investigators affiliated with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) should first contact the Quantitative Data Sciences Core.
  • Feinberg School of Medicine researchers or those engaged in NIH-funded research looking for support with statistics or data analysis questions should first contact the Biostatistics Collaboration Center for support. 
  • Researchers affiliated with the Kellogg School of Management may want to first seek assistance from Kellogg Research Support

The above services also offer no-cost, short consultations.



There is no cost for this service.


How to Request Service

Please submit a request through the online request form.



Request a Consultation


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