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Statistics & Data: FAQ

Questions and Answers

Q: What is the password for E-STAT?

A: You do not need a password for E-STAT. It is IP-authenticated, so you just need to Connect from Home (left menu of the Library's homepage).

Q: I have found a file on the DLI website and it says that I need to contact my DLI rep for access.

A: All of the datasets and files available through the DLI are available via ODESI. There's a link to ODESI on the Get Started page of this Guide.

Q: I need xx datapoints to do an assignment/an analysis. Where can I get these?

A: CANSIM is the best place to start. There is a link to CANSIM on the Get Started page of this Guide. You will want to use this access point to avoid having to pay!

Q: Do I have to pay for CANSIM?

A: No. If you are current faculty, student, or staff, you can use the access provided by the Library. The link is on the Get Started page of this Guide.

Q: May I use datasets I got from the DLI (ODESI) for my co-op report?

A: It depends.

   You may if the work/report is requested by the University as part of the curriculum. In this case, you can use the data to write your paper, share the analysis with the employer, but NOT the datasets.

   You may NOT if the work/report is only requested by the employer as part of the job and not by the University as part of the curriculum. In this case, the employer would have to buy the data or use the data that is available via DSP or online from the Statistics Canada website.

Q: When I try to subset in ODESI, none of the variables are showing up.

A: There is a known proxy issue on which we are working to resolve. If you are trying to connect using the proxy server (i.e., Connect from Home), whether on campus or off campus, variables are not showing up. Please use a campus computer (e.g., libraries, labs, etc.). Downloading the complete data set is still working properly.

Q: Does the Library provide assistance with SPSS?

A: No, the Library does not provide a statistical consulting service or assistance with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Shazam, etc. For assistance in these areas, please see the Help & More page of this Guide for appropriate contacts.

Q: I am having problems with ODESI and using IE 9.

A: Some odesi display issues have been reported in IE 9. This is being looked into, but in the meantime, the problem can likely be solved by turning on "Compatibility View" in your browser window. This effectively downgrades your browser for a website that is not yet designed to handle version 9. To do this, either go to Tools > Compatibility View or click the little broken page to the right of your URL box.

Q: I am using IE and have downloaded an Excel file, but it has lots of gibberish in it.

A: This will happen occasionally when using IE. Try Firefox or Chrome.