TUCK RESEARCH COMPUTING
The research scientists of Tuck Research Computing are specialists
who assist faculty in research and analysis. TRC provides
assistance in research design and data analysis, statistical
computing support, specialized computer programming, and financial
Faculty research support activities of TRC are listed below by area
Data base creation and management. Data from CRSP (Center for
Research in Security Prices), Standard & Poor's Compustat, and
I/B/E/S can be downloaded from the WRDS system. Extracts
that cannot be handled by the web page can be handled by TRC, as
can requests for merging data extracted from other sources such
as Bloomberg, SDC, or Standard & Poor's Executive Compensation
databases. Typically, these additional data are extracted from
sources in Feldberg Library by research assistants employed by
individual faculty, or by Feldberg Library staff.
Data transfer, importing, and preparation. Data transfer services
are also provided. For example, from Excel to SAS, SAS to Stata,
text format to database, and/or across operating systems and media
types. This service is usually provided on a walk-in basis. Data
base importing and manipulation into a form suitable for analysis is
Unix services. Access to C programs for
CRSP and Compustat extracts and processing, SAS software, scripting,
etc. are available for finance and accounting faculty.
TRC will also work with other faculty requiring Unix services
through Dartmouth's Kiewit Computing Center. TRC staff can
answer questions about Unix, help to manage user accounts, and
answer questions and solve problems encountered when using Unix
PC services. Assistance is provided for a variety of
statistical packages and programming languages. including:
The level of assistance provided may vary depending on the
software package. We cannot provide ground-up training services
for software, but in many cases may be able to refer you to an
appropriate training provider, learning resource, or reference.
Statistical and research design consultation. Statistical analysis
and consulting services are available. Staff can:
- Run statistical programs written by faculty.
- Assist in writing statistical code, and examine and learn new statistical
- Advise as to possible statistical analyses and assist in the
interpretation of statistical analyses/results.
- Consult regarding appropriate research designs of
- TRC also provides consultation on behavioral experiments,
survey research, and instrument development.
Software and research engineering. Staff are available to write
custom programs for complex data transformations, simulations, Excel
add-ins, and many other areas.