Roy Sabo, Ph.D.
Roy Sabo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has authored the book Statistical Research Methods: A Guide for Non-Statisticians. His co-author is Ed Boone, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research at VCU.
Sabo explained that the idea for writing the book grew out of the need for an acceptable textbook for the courses BIOS 543 and STAT 543 that enroll graduate students and academic professionals in non-statistical fields. Sabo and Boone aim to help students learn, use and communicate results from many commonly used statistical methods.
“There has been a struggle for years to find a book that fits our needs,” said Sabo. “The market is saturated with texts that explain the concepts we cover, yet they invariably speak from a statistical perspective, which is not useful for the students.”
In response, Sabo and Boone wrote a series of lecture notes that they felt spoke in a language the students could understand, helping them to use data to make informed judgments and develop a process of critical thinking for statistical analysis that underlies all scientific research. While the authors didn’t over-simplify the material, they set out to not make it unnecessarily challenging. Their lecture notes have now been polished, published and made available to a wider audience.
In addition to graduate students in non-statistics disciplines, the text could also be a resource for advanced undergraduate researchers and research faculty in the health sciences. The text describes the entire data analysis process from hypothesis generation to writing a manuscript to communicate the results, including real-world examples and sample write-ups for the methods and results sections of scholarly papers.