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Margot Tollefson
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  • Stratford, IA
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Vanward Statistical Consulting
Job Function:
Econometrics, Statistical Programming, Statistical Consulting, Teaching
Short Bio:
I am a statistician. I have started my own company, Vanward Statistical Consulting, and provide consulting services, including data research and presentation. I have an MS and PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University, a BA in Physics from Reed College and have taken much course work in economics at the Harvard University Extension and at Iowa State University. My interests include energy and the economics of energy. Also, new age research.
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