PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Workshop on R and LaTeX for Linguists

From Tuesday, December 4, until Friday, December 7, 2012, there will be a workshop in Bergen on R and LaTeX for PhD candidates.

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The workshop will give hands on experience in using the R program for statistics and the LaTeX typesetting program. The goal of the workshop is that you should get started actually using these programs for your own dissertation work.

For the R part of the workshop, participants will be invited to send in some of their own data ahead of time. If you already have the data that need to be analyzed, you can send that in. If you are not yet at that stage of your project, you can send in made-up data that are of the type you expect to have later on. In either case, you should submit a short description of your project, including the hypotheses you want to test. Michael Oakes will then be able to take your issues with statistical analysis into account when preparing what to cover in the workshop.

For the LaTeX part of the workshop, participants are invited to bring along some text that they have already started on. This may be, for example, a draft for an article, dissertation chapter, or the like. Plain unformatted text is okay and actually best as a starting point. During the workshop you will learn how to produce documents such as article, poster, and dissertation/book using LaTeX. Participants should bring their own laptop to the course and should have the recommended software installed before the course starts.

The workshop on R will be given by Michael Oakes, Senior Lecturer in Computing, University of Sunderland, UK, and the workshop on LaTeX, by Koenraad De Smedt, Professor of Computational Linguistics, University of Bergen, Norway.


Tuesday December 4
10–12 R
12–13 Lunch
13–15 LaTeX

Wednesday December 5
10–12 R
12–13 Lunch
13–15 LaTeX

Thursday December 6
10–12 R
12–13 Lunch
13–14 R
14–15 LaTeX

Friday December 7
10–11 R
11–12 LaTeX
12–13 Lunch
13–15 LaTeX


Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: seminar room E (307), Dragefjellet

Thursday: seminar room D (306), Dragefjellet

Recommended software

R: http://www.r-project.org/, http://rstudio.org/

LaTeX: http://www.tug.org/mactex/ (Mac OS X), http://www.miktex.org/ (Windows), http://www.tug.org/texlive/ (Linux, where it may already be an installed package)


Full participation gives 2 ECTS points. Participation in either the R course or the LaTeX course gives 1 ECTS point.

You can sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Victoria Rosén no later than 1 November.