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Matthew B.

College Park, MD

$70/hour

Statistics | SPSS | R

700+ Hours
4.9 average from 241 ratings
Best Tutor I've had
— J, Silver Spring, MD on 8/26/16

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Wilmington University
Psychology
Saint Joseph's University
Master's
University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Coursework

Education

Wilmington University (Psychology)

Saint Joseph's University (Master's)

University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)

About Matthew

Need an expert statistician to help you with your coursework?
Tasked with learning R for your job?
Looking for a consultant to help you tell the story of your data?
Staring down the barrel of your dissertation unsure how to proceed?

I have helped dozens of clients for whom the questions above have inspired varying levels of stress, dread, and/or frustration. I always tell clients that statistics is its own language, separate from any other form of math they have encountered in the past. Being its own language, statistics comes with a steep learning curve, one that I am happy to help you navigate more rapidly.

These days, if you want to work at the cutting edge of statistical modeling, the idea that statistics is its own language is more than just a metaphor as computer programming is typically a requisite skill. As a result, there is increasing demand among employers for a mix of statistical knowledge and coding ability as they seek candidates who can make sense of their big data and develop predictive analytic models.

So what is it I can do for you besides type out a bunch of buzz words in an online profile describing my services?

FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS
Oftentimes, it helps to start at the beginning, and most of my clients are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in statistics courses.

ADVANCED STATISTICS
Once students have migrated beyond their introductory courses, they often encounter a range of advanced topics including analytic approaches such as structural equation modeling, factor analyses, cluster analyses, and mixed effects models.

R PROGRAMMING
There are many stats software packages out there, but few are as powerful or flexible as R. R is an open source, free program that, when combined with the integrated development environment of RStudio, can tackle nearly any mix of programming, analysis, and visualization needs.

STATISTICAL CONSULTING
If you have data and a question, but are not sure how to proceed, I am happy to work with you to develop an approach tailored to your specific needs.

NOT IN THE D.C. REGION?
Increasingly, I find myself working with a nationwide client base, and I am happy to work with you remotely to meet your statistics-related goals. Take advantage of my special online/remote rate of $55/hr.

MY TRAINING
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. Before coming to UMD, I earned my M.S. in Experimental Psychology. Additionally, I hold graduate certificates in Measurement, Statistics, & Evaluation as well as Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

MY MODELING BACKGROUND:
General linear models (i.e., linear regression), generalized linear models, univariate models for categorical and ordinal data, bootstrapped mediation and moderation for general and generalized linear models, linear mixed effects models, generalized estimating equations, hierarchical linear models (both general and generalized), cluster analyses, exploratory factor analytic models, confirmatory factor analytic models, measured variable path models, latent variable path models, latent means models, multi-group structural equation models, latent growth curve models, latent profile models, growth mixture models.

MY SOFTWARE:
Software: SPSS (Expert), R (Expert), LISREL (Intermediate), HLM (Expert), Mplus (Intermediate), AMOS (Intermediate), Minitab (Intermediate), Python (Beginner)
Need an expert statistician to help you with your coursework?
Tasked with learning R for your job?
Looking for a consultant to help you tell the story of your data?
Staring down the barrel of your dissertation unsure how to proceed?

I have helped dozens of clients for whom the questions above have inspired varying
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Lessons canceled within 24 hours will result in fee equal to 30 min lesson or 50% of scheduled session (whichever is smaller). Online rate is $55/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of College Park, MD 20740
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"Best Tutor I've had"

- J, Silver Spring, MD on 8/26/16

"Knowledgeable and Easy to Work With"

- Xiaohan, Chicago, IL on 8/23/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Justin, Lexington, KY on 8/15/17

"An awesome statistics whiz!"

- Sandra, Fort Washington, MD on 8/13/17

"Expert- It's Like He Was Born With a Mind for Understanding Statistics"

- Lukwesa, Fort Washington, MD on 8/10/17

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Aloki, Chicago, IL on 7/28/17

"Got son through AP Stats"

- Ben, Silver Spring, MD on 5/21/17

"Excellent tutor!!"

- Sharon, Gaithersburg, MD on 5/17/17

"Patient with a sense of humor"

- Jennifer, Alexandria, VA on 4/24/17

"Amazingly patient tutor with ability to help you achieve your goal(s)"

- Allyson, Washington, DC on 3/7/17

"The best of the best!"

- Brittany, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/7/17

"Excellent Tutor"

- Renei, Laurel, MD on 1/28/17

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Trevor, Washington, DC on 12/18/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Kristina, Columbia, MD on 12/16/16

"Expert tutor"

- Brian, Arlington, VA on 12/11/16

"I recommend Matthew- Great tutor"

- Allyson, Takoma Park, MD on 11/23/16

"Very Knowledgble and helpful"

- Thair, College Park, MD on 11/11/16

"Knowledgeable and helpful!"

- Mina, Fairfax, VA on 11/9/16

"Very helpful!"

- Briana, Rockville, MD on 10/12/16

"Great tutor!"

- Samuel, College Park, MD on 9/26/16

"Amazing tutor!"

- Vanessa, Alexandria, VA on 8/21/16

"Couldn't have asked for better"

- Maya, Potomac, MD on 7/9/16

"Engaging, practical, and responsive"

- Barbara, Chevy Chase, MD on 3/29/16

"Outstanding tutor"

- Matt, Frederick, MD on 3/21/16

"Very helpful"

- Beth, Silver Spring, MD on 2/4/16

"Simply Fantastic Tutor"

- Israel, Baltimore, MD on 2/2/16

"Very Knowledgeable in SPSS"

- Uzma, Arlington, VA on 7/28/15

"Absolutely"

- Sammy, Washington, DC on 7/26/15

"Matthew is a gem!"

- William, Burtonsville, MD on 7/23/15

"Matt is very knowledgeable and I look forward to working with him again and again."

- Ebere, Waldorf, MD on 6/3/15

"Great tutor!"

- Brian, Washington, DC on 1/5/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Adam, Wynnewood, PA on 12/11/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Mike, Olney, MD on 7/31/14

"Very helpful and beneficial tutor."

- Iman, Ellicott City, MD on 7/4/14

"Statistics"

- Juanita, Mount Royal, NJ on 6/1/14

"AMAZING tutor!"

- Amy, Gaithersburg, MD on 5/21/14

"Great Tutor"

- Nathaniel, Philadelphia, PA on 7/20/12

"Awesome, awesome Tutor!!!"

- Nicole, Glassboro, NJ on 5/22/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Darin, Philadelphia, PA on 5/3/12

"WOW..."

- Alex, Philadelphia, PA on 1/11/12

"Goes the extra mile"

- Rachael, Philadelphia, PA on 11/18/11

"Great Tutor!"

- Rebecca, Philadelphia, PA on 9/28/11
Math:
R,
SPSS,
Statistics
Science:
Biostatistics
Computer:
R,
SPSS

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Biostatistics

I have a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology, a graduate certificate in Measurement, Statistics, & Evaluation, and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development & Quantitative Methodology. I am familiar with a range of modeling strategies from those grounded in frequentist approaches such as ordinary least squares and maximum likelihood to more probabilistic Bayesian techniques. Relatedly, I can assist students running their models in a number of statistical software packages including, but not limited to: R, SPSS, HLM, Mplus, LISREL, AMOS, BUGS, & JAGS.

R

R is a freely available statistics software package that has become my "go to" software of choice. I use it on a nearly daily basis to analyze data in the lab from ongoing projects. The program can be a bit cumbersome to learn as it relies primarily on syntax, but it is also incredibly versatile. I typically work in the following packages: psych, Hmisc, car, ggplot2, lavaan, nlme, lme4. These are not the only packages I use in my work, but they are representative of the types of models I most commonly run in R.

In terms of tutoring, I can aid students in learning to write out and run simple code, manage data and objects in the R environment, analyze data, interpret output, and manipulate and compare models. My expertise would be most relevant to individuals who are using R in a behavioral science field (i.e., psychology, sociology, etc.). Researchers across a wide range of disciplines use R and many of them analyze and model their data in ways that are entirely different from the approaches developed for use in the Behavioral Sciences. That being said, if you need help with R, but are unsure about whether I am the right tutor for you, please feel free to send me an email.

SPSS

I am doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. The primary focus of my studies is child and adolescent social development. However, I am also minoring in measurement, statistics, and evaluation. This minor involves completing 8 advanced graduate-level statistics courses. In addition to working through this rigorous certificate in statistics, I have previously worked as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate- and graduate-level statistics courses (responsibilities included tutoring students as well as lecturing). Throughout my recent studies and in my own published work, SPSS has been my primary software for analyzing data and testing my hypotheses. I use this program on almost a daily basis.

Statistics

I am a stats geek. There, I said it. I love the idea that statistics can help explain the relation between variables, can help identify causal associations, and more generally can help make sense of the complexity of human behavior. That being said, my statistics training is entirely within the field of psychology and behavioral sciences. While some of the statistical models I use in my own work are used in other fields such as economics (particularly behavioral economics) and business/marketing, my expertise will most likely be useful for people who are studying some aspect of human behavior (e.g., psychology, developmental science, sociology, social work, etc.). If you aren't quite sure that I might be the right tutor for you, go ahead and contact me. I'll be happy to answer whatever questions I can even if we don't end up working together.

Wilmington University
Psychology
Saint Joseph's University
Master's
University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Coursework

Education

Wilmington University (Psychology)

Saint Joseph's University (Master's)

University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)

Best Tutor I've had

Matt was a god-send. I had a few other tutors on WyzAnt, but I think Matt fit my needs the best. His deep knowledge of analytical techniques, and how to communicate data analysis effectively in writing, were all immensely helpful in helping me prepare for an upcoming exam. You could definitely tell his comfort with the material, and he was good about taking time to explain every concept to you. If

— J, Silver Spring, MD on 8/26/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Lessons canceled within 24 hours will result in fee equal to 30 min lesson or 50% of scheduled session (whichever is smaller). Online rate is $55/hr

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 25 miles of College Park, MD 20740.