IALEIA SWOC November Excel Workshop

by Joseph Ryan Glover

I just got back from the November Excel Workshop put on by the South Western Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts. I attended both to present and to learn and I had a great time doing both. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Mick, Manny and Hazel for inviting me to present on Excel topics for law enforcement analysis and to all the analysts who took time out from their schedules to come and make the profession stronger. I hope we can do it again in the future.

At the workshop I delivered two presentations and I produced a PDF document of the material for each. The first, 30 Excel Functions All Analysts Should Know, is an introductory level document detailing useful Excel functions with examples and screen shots. The second PDF is titled Advanced_Functions_Add_Ins_and_VBA and is a mix of intermediate to advanced level Excel topics that specifically details how to use Excel’s FREQUENCY function, Microsoft’s Analysis ToolPak for t-Tests and how to create a simple User Defined Function in Excel. In the coming weeks I will expand on the exercises in the PDFs as blog posts and also blog about those sections that didn’t make the cut for the workshop.

Both lessons also had some supporting Excel files for performing the exercises: 30_Functions_Exercises and Advanced_Functions. Please note, all this data is fictional and is in no way sensitive. In the Advanced Functions workshop I make use of a Add-In named PatternUI.xlam and it can be downloaded from here: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-excel/archive/2007/11/16/chart-pattern-fills.aspx

Once again, thanks to everyone that came out today for making the workshop a success.