Delaware Chapter, ASA

Dinner Meeting: February 2010

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Meeting location: Courtyard Marriott located close to Willard Hall Conference Center on the University of Delaware Laird Campus. Marriott Courtyard

Speaker:   Dennis Sweitzer, PhD
Principal Statistician AZ
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Wilmington, Delaware
Title: Quick & Dirty Simulation using Excel    (Slides and example spreadsheets are here here.)


For all its advantages & disadvantages, Microsoft Excel is an ubiquitous part of statistics today. Since it is limited for complex calculations, statisticians rarely do statistical analyses using Excel. However, it is a standard for data collection and presentation, and provides a common way of communication between statisticians and non-statisticians. Although simulations usually require large numbers of simple calculations, and Excel allows iterative calculations, simulation in Excel usually requires add-in programs, or programming in Visual Basic. However, a few simple programming tricks allow it to be used for simulations without any additional programming, and a few statistical functions programmed in VBA make it useful for a variety of common problems. While Excel simulations can be slow, they inherit many advantages from Excel: ease of coding, debugging tools, graphics, and being understandable by non-statisticians. All VBA code and spreadsheet examples will be posted on the Delaware ASA website.


Dennis Sweitzer, PhD is a Principal Statistician at AstraZeneca supporting projects in Clinical Development in the area of Neuroscience. He received his PhD from the University of Delaware Mathematics Department. At AstraZeneca he has been involved in statistical design, analysis and interpretation of clinical studies as well as providing modeling and simulation development to support study management and decision making.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Social time -- 6:00 pm
Seated/order -- 6:20 pm
Dinner -- 6:45 pm
Speaker -- 7:20 pm

Courtyard by Marriott, Newark University of Delaware
400 Pencader Way
Newark, DE   Directions/Map

Note: Please bring cash to streamline the logistics. Thanks.

All sandwiches come with your choice of any one of our special spuds or sides. French fries, Old Bay Fries, Garlic Butter Fries, Baked Potato, side salad, Vegetable of the day, Chips or a Fruit Salad. Add a bowl of hearty soup for $3.50.


  • Durango Chicken Sandwich $9.95: Breast of chicken, our Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, melted cheese, tomatoes, and a pile of thick bacon on a brioche roll. Of course we plate it up with our tasty, golden fries.

  • Salmon Cake $9.95: Eight ounces of fresh Atlantic salmon cake, full of Omega 3, spring greens, thinly sliced red onions and tomato, on a brioche roll with a side of bayou mayo.

  • The Newark Harvest $10.95: A mix of young Mesclun field greens, local Milburn Orchard apples, brandied cranberries, blue cheese crumbles and healthy walnuts in a light raspberry vinaigrette. Add chicken, grilled shrimp or a 6 oz salmon filet for $4.95

  • Jumbo Lump Crab cake: $12.95 : Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, NO Fillers, pan-seared until golden brown Served with a Creole-style mustard sauce.


Cost: $10 for members/others, students $5
Reservations to: 

Irina Baldytcheva by Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
Phone: 302-885-9136
Email: Irina Baldytcheva.

Please note: Be sure to RSVP by this date.

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