Consulting

StatAcumen, Statistical Consulting

Founded in 2006 by Dr. Erik Erhardt, PhD, as “Erik B. Erhardt, LLC”, StatAcumen provides expert statistical consultation, review, estimation, prediction, sampling, and analysis to law firms, corporations, and government entities. In our litigation matters, we regularly provide expert reports and testimony. We help you find the right solution and present it so it is understood by people with no background in mathematics or statistics.

Contact

  • “Erik B. Erhardt” <erik AT StatAcumen.com>
  • Phone: (505) 480-4462
  • StatAcumen, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mission

StatAcumen’s mission is to empower businesses, organizations, and law firms with data-driven insights and solutions through statistical consulting and expert witness services. We strive to build long-term partnerships with our clients, providing accurate, reliable, and understandable analyses that help them make informed decisions and achieve their goals.

Values

  1. Integrity: Upholding an unwavering commitment to ethical statistical practices, consistently ensuring accurate and principled decision-making for the benefit of our clients and the integrity of data analysis.
  2. Accountability: Taking ownership of our actions and communications, accepting responsibility for the outcomes, and adopting a solutions-driven approach to provide the most robust statistical insights.
  3. Quality: Delivering professional and customized statistical services that not only meet but exceed industry standards, providing high-value data insights and instilling confidence in the reliability of our analyses.
  4. Collaboration: Efficiently collaborating with clients and interdisciplinary teams, ensuring effective communication to tailor statistical approaches for the most impactful solutions.
  5. Passion: Approaching statistical challenges with enthusiasm and an unwavering commitment, demonstrating a wholehearted dedication to achieving excellence in every aspect of statistical consulting.
  6. Value: Adapting, aligning, and scaling with our clients’ progress and vision, we assist them in becoming high-performers in their fields. By providing the right services at the right time, we consistently stay ahead of the game, ensuring continual value creation for our clients.

Our strengths

  • Litigation Services
    • In commercial litigation, we estimate key quantities at issue, compose expert reports, review and critique opposing expert reports, and provide expert testimony in court settings. We help you to reveal both promising and problematic analyses, so you know the statistical strengths and weaknesses of your case.
  • Modeling and Data Analytics
    • Whether you have a small amount of data or several massive databases, we can make sense of your data through statistical modeling and machine learning, providing key insights, estimates, predictions, and decisions.
  • Statistical Analysis and Sampling
    • We use statistical analysis and sampling techniques to make scientifically valid inferences using a sampled portion of the data. This process leads to estimates with high accuracy and precision, often at a fraction of the cost of a complete (census) or manual review of the data.

Areas of application

Law

  • StatAcumen has assisted law firms in matters relating to healthcare, insurance, discrimination, elections, jurisdiction, and corporation/government breach of agreements; additional areas of interest are audits, fraud and theft, labor and employment, public policy, government regulation, and education. We estimate key amounts at issue, review and critique reports, compose expert reports, and provide expert testimony in court settings. Dr. Erhardt has given depositions as an expert witness in statistics.
  • In our litigation work, we always assume you want to know the right answer, whether or not it favors your position. We will work with your data to uncover both promising analyses and potential problems because we believe that you need to have unbiased and well-supported facts to make the best decisions in litigation matters.
  • When giving testimony, the expert statistician is an educator. Expert witnesses need to be able to explain sophisticated statistical concepts in common sense terms that are accessible. If it is difficult to grasp the concepts being articulated by an expert, the accompanying analyses could be discarded during deliberations. With over two decades of teaching experience and numerous teaching awards, recognitions, and fellowships, Prof. Erhardt is able to present sophisticated concepts in common sense terms, without the use of jargon.
  • We have experience taking on much of the time-consuming preparations that expert testimony requires, which can range from reviewing briefs and other expert testimony and exhibits, data cleaning and visualization, performing preliminary and complex statistical analysis, developing concise visual summaries of evidence and results, writing reports, and ultimately providing testimony.
  • Outside of direct testimony, we also provide more targeted statistical consulting support and can author independent analyses for numerous matters intended to be resolved via mediation or arbitration or otherwise outside of the litigation arena.
  • We offer flexible pricing options for all expert testimony or consulting and price all of our engagements on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your needs and timeline, we’re able to offer our services on a per-project, hourly, or retainer basis. Our statisticians and consultants offer everything from preventive work to analysis and testimony, and can bill for these services together or separately. Our expertise and experience allows us to offer ultra-fast turnaround times on analytical work – so even if you’re working on a very short timeline, we can definitely provide you with our comprehensive assistance.

Examples of Our Work

  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Seth Cohen, Attorney, Sep 2023 – Oct 2023. City of Santa Fe v. Santa Fe Country Club and Golf Association; analysis and report.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Charles Peifer, Attorney, Jul 2021 – Mar 2022. Lax, et al. v. App Of New Mexico Ed, PLLC, et al.; analysis, report, and deposition.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Stacy Allen and Marilyn Brown, Attorneys, Jun 2020 – Jul 2020. Cheryl Holmes v. Farmers Group, Inc. et al.; analysis, report, and deposition.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Patrick Rogers, Attorney, Sep 2013 – Feb 2014. Fleming v. Gutierrez; analysis and report.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis and giving deposition for Megan T. Muirhead, Attorney, Nov 2012 – Jan 2013. Felts-Pargas, et al. v. Albuquerque Public Schools; analysis, report, and deposition.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Patrick Rogers, Attorney, Apr 2012 – May 2012. Mendoza v. Zollinger; survey analysis and report.
  • Expert witness preparing analysis for Ron Morgan, Attorney, Nov 2011 – Dec 2011. Truong v. Allstate Insurance Co.; survey analysis and report.

Government

  • StatAcumen helps local, state, and federal government entities make informed decisions by providing statistical sampling, expert assistance in litigation matters, critical analysis and review of programs, risk prediction modeling, and statistical audits.

Examples of Our Work


Corporations

  • StatAcumen assists corporate clients with marketing analytics, forecasting sales and costs, prediction and classification models, data and technology audits, compliance matters, and litigation support.
  • We create statistical models to solve a broad range of problems, from process improvement through experimental design and optimization, to helping a company predict the probability and severity of workplace accidents, to analyzing loan data to predict default rates and loan performance. Using statistical sampling and modeling techniques, we can sort through and make sense of massive quantities of data. We use quantitative methods to adjust for bias and to make valid estimates even when information is limited or key data is missing.

Examples of Our Work

  • Graphite Health Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2022 – 2023. Statistical study design and analysis.
  • Backcountry.com, LLC, Park City, UT, 2020. Statistical model assessment for GeoX advertising experiments.
  • Edge Focus High Yield Fund, LP, Chicago, IL, 2019. Investment prediction model assessment and validation.
  • Ameritest, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2017. Development of machine-learning classifier implemented in R software package.
  • Datalytic Solutions, Dec 2014 – Dec 2018. Variety of statistical and scientific investigations.
  • Ted Fish, EdD, President, Philos Institute, Santa Fe, NM, Mar 2006, Mar 2007, Apr 2008, Apr 2009, Apr 2010. Analysis of longitudinal surveys. “Erik had the acumen, the patience and the savvy to guide me through a vital section of one of my consulting projects last year. Statistics is its own language, and Erik is an outstanding translator. … I hired Erik, and I could not have been more pleased. He was a sounding board. He was a check. And he was a superb technician and interpreter. As a result, the work I did for my clients was better. I was freed up to do what I excel at; and the work was girded by expert statistical analysis.” — Ted Fish, Ed.D, President, Philos Institute, 18 Jan 2007.
  • UniRac, Inc., Feb – Aug 2007. For process development, improvement, and control of PV’s Universal Flat Roof Solution. RapidRac G10 PV Mounting System, introduced Sep 2007.
  • Digipress, Inc., d/b/a Spire, Oct 2006. Predictive models for responses to repeated mailings.

Health and Environment

  • Dr. Erhardt’s medical and biological academic research areas are focussed in brain imaging, dementia, diabetes, childhood diseases, drug trials, and stable isotopes in ecological and forensic applications. We are experts in facilitating discovery with medical device R&D, complex statistical analysis, visualization, and feature development for prediction modeling.

Examples of Our Work

Medicine
  • New Mexico Department of Health, Albuquerque, NM, Sep 2023 – Jan 2024. Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation predictive model.
  • Graphite Health, 2022 – 2023. Survey design and analyses.
  • Rodin Scientific, 2018 – 2020. Medical device R&D, variety of statistical and scientific investigations.
  • Medici Technologies, Oct 2014 – 2018. Variety of statistical and scientific investigations.
  • Dr. Jean Remillard, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Lovelace Medical Center, Apr 2012.
  • Santa Fe DBT and Albuquerque Collaborative Therapeutics, Jun 2011 – Aug 2012 Evidence-based assessment and manuscript preparation. pdf
  • VeraLight, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, Apr 2010 – Dec 2010. Demographic subgroup analysis of pre-clinical trial data, analysis plan for FDA clinical trial.
    • Health Canada license approval 4/26/2011
    • CE mark approval 7/28/2011
    • “As I went through the analysis plan and the justification documents, I was reminded how much you’ve helped us over the past several months: your contributions are evident in multiple places. Your work has been very valuable to us, and I’m grateful that you’ve continued to find time to work with us.” — Edward Hull, PhD, 13 Jan 2011
  • Dayle Hosek, RN, MEd, Director of Quality Management, Lovelace Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM, Jul 2010. Analysis of provider risk of complications.
  • Jackie Reeve, Albuquerque, NM, Mar 2010. Analysis of survey of nurse practitioner opinion on BRCA testing.
  • Albuquerque Collaborative Therapeutics, Mar 2009. Evidence-based assessment of the full Dialectical Behavior Therapy program.
  • Elaine Dils, UNM Dental Hygiene, Apr 2008. Raising Oral Health Awareness among Nephrology Nurses.
Environment
  • TRC Companies, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2017. Statistical consulting for improved inference of windfarm mortality with R software package.
  • TRC Companies, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2017. Acoustic Bat Survey analysis report.
  • Aaftab Jain, Albuquerque, NM, Nov – Dec 2010. Statistical consulting for improved inference of windfarm mortality with R software package.}
  • Hari Nam Simran K Khalsa, UNM Graduate student, Apr 2008. Statistical modeling: El Nino effect on California breeding bird population.
  • Jim A Railey, SWCA Environmental Consultants, 2007. For analysis assistance of projectile point data. Book chapters:
    • Railey, J. and E. B. Erhardt (2009). “Lithic Studies”. In: ed. by J. A. Railey and A. L. Wesson. Animas-La Plata Project. Vol. 11. SWCA Environmental Consultants. Chap. 7. Analysis of Projectile Points, pp. 145-188.
    • Railey, J., L. Lundquist, L. Jia, and E. B. Erhardt (2007). “Data Recovery at Five Archaeological Sites Along US 491, North of Sheep Springs, San Juan County, New Mexico”. In: ed. by J. A. Railey and A. L. Wesson. Albuquerque: SWCA. Chap. 8, Lithic Artifacts.
  • Etsuko Nonaka, UNM Biology Department, May 2006. Biology Lab Manual Appendix coauthor, “Basic statistical methods for biology”.
  • Heather Paulsen, Accountant, UNM Biology Department, Feb 2006. Department of Biology Course Fees Feasibility Study, resulting in an additional $55,000 each semester in funding for student classes and labs.

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