Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting
Consulting Projects and Activities - Spring 2009
Project: Estimating Land Cover and Land Use using a Nonlinear Regression Model
Client: Dr. Erle Ellis, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, UMBC
Consultants: Dr. Neerchal and Yan Zhuang
Description: A prediction model was built for predicting land cover and land use using b-spline expansions
and a technique of transforming the independent variables to capture the nonlinear relationship between the
independent and dependent variables.
Project: Estimating the Effect of Priority Funding Legislation in Maryland on Wastewater Management
Consultants: Dr. Neerchal and Elizabeth Stanwyck
Description: A study about the effect of priority funding legislation, passed in 1998, on residential
wastewater management systems (i.e. septic vs. sewer). The goal was to determine whether legislation
increased the proportion of homes on sewer systems.
Project: Perceptions of Sexual Misconduct in Various Countries
Client: Dr. Ilsa Lottes, Department of Sociology, UMBC
Consultants: Dr. Neerchal and Yukun Wu
Description: A study about sexual misconduct was carried out in four different countries - the USA, Estonia,
Israel, and Finland. The objective was to investigate how peoples' perceptions of sexual misconduct severity
varied in cross-cultural perspectives. There were several vignettes to analyze, varying by gender of
perpetrator and gender of victim. Various statistical analyses, including ANOVA, MANOVA, and nonparametric
correlation, were performed on the data.