As members of interdisciplinary teams, SED statisticians contribute in a variety of ways. SED staff develop appropriate statistical strategies to meet the needs of the research teams, participate in the planning of experimental studies, and conduct rigorous and nontrivial uncertainty analysis of results. SED statisticians also participate actively in the preparation of written records via NIST or archival journal publications.
In some cases, the statistician judiciously selects and implements the most appropriate existing statistical method to analyze experimental data. In many cases, new statistical methods are developed to address unique scientific challenges encountered by the NIST research team. Some SED staff develop theoretical models to augment experimental work done by NIST collaborators. Examples of such work include monte carlo simulation of physical processes and stochastic differential equation modeling. Typically, SED staff develop long term relationships with collaborators in the other NIST Laboratories and develop intimate knowledge of the scientific field in which they work.