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Top 2 Guides to Statistics Sources

1. Singapore Statistics Guide

2. Statistics Page in Strategy & Policy Subject Guide 

Once upon a time, a very perplexed-looking MBA student came to us asking where he could get lots of statistics for his BMA5002A assignment. Lots of it. Any type of stats but lots of it.

Well, what are librarians good for if not for producing lists upon lists of fun sources.

Produced the lists we did. Because every semester we continue to get perplexed-looking MBAs.

It is that time of the semester again, folks! Enjoy your numbers!

Statistics and Lots of It

TNL was minding her own busy business, preparing to give an overview of statistical databases to her PhDs, when she remembered a funny story she could not resist not telling.

One day, while again minding her own business (TNL minds that quite a bit), a graduate student from faraway Europe asked for statistics. She wanted to prove that a particular drug taken by people in India for some sort of malady was also causing the death of carion-eating birds. Far-fetched? Not according to the lovely lass. With all these dead bodies left to rot out in the open, surely you can’t blame these birdies from pecking for food and unfortunately, dying from it.

But I digress… she needed lots of statistics (it was a statistical analysis module, after all).

So what are we talking here? The volume of this drug consumed by Indians over how long? Correlate this to the number of deaths caused by the known side-effects of the drug? Then, correlating the number of these deaths with the number of bodies left out in the open? Do we have number of Zoroastrian deaths and causes of deaths? Are they the only ones leaving their dead out? What about the number of deaths of them poor birdies? And how many of them died of what again?

TNL’s tenacious little colleague found this site that told of a similar story. It tells of how an anti-inflammatory drug given to cows was causing their deaths. Since the Indians did not eat beef, them poor creatures were left out to rot and who comes along but our carion-eating birds. But since these poor birdies are dying off from eating toxic cows, what does nature do with all that good food going to waste? Send in wild dogs, of course. Of course, then, you would have your rabies and all sorts of other diseases.

So, now, tell me again, what statistics do we need to correlate human deaths caused by rabies to an anti-inflammatory fed to cows?

Shh…

Can you hear that? No? Shhh… listen…. Nothing? Nothing at all? It’s the sound that a vacation makes.

No students, no lecturers and the best of all, two of my bosses are on leave. Yes, this is the State of Beautiful Bliss, population 1, capital city, TNL.

But admittedly, quiet bliss only goes so far. With students and lecturers away, I am getting not too many stories to tell you. And you know how much joy I derive in telling you stories.

Too little, too soon. Somebody up there heard me and I now have like 3 enquiries lined up one after another. One from a PHD Engineering student, one from a MBA and one from a lecturer. Don’t these people take vacations?

The PHD Engineering student was doing her thesis on the value of service innovations. She had been to see me before the vacation and we had discussed how to obtain R&D expenditure in Singapore. We identified some government bodies and research centers. She wants to meet up again to discuss firm-level R&D statistics. It is going to be rough ride but from the R&D expenditure she dug out so far, she’ll be ok.

The MBA student has a rougher ride. She wanted e-solutions industry information in Free Trade Zones worldwide. I wouldn’t even go into the details of this one. She had to work on primary sources and googling. But it is not just googly-googling, she had to forget about keywords such as Free Trade Zones or e-solutions. Go straight to a combine search of the product name and the zone name or city name. Check out the results for competitor products and run more searches using the various product names.

As for the lecturer (who only vacations where there is email access) – he wanted FDI statistics of one cyclone struck Asian country. He found a research paper that shows that our Little Red Dot is one of its major investors. But then the statistics was from 2002.

So, I guess there goes bliss. But hey, you get stories and I get joy, right?