# Statistics for linguists

Workshop on the use of statistical tools, 25 November 2010.

## Hovedinnhold

The workshop is aimed at students and PhD candidates with some basic grounding in statistics, e.g. as covered in the introductory courses given at the UiB. Prerequisites: some familiarity with concepts such as the *t*-test, the chi-square test, data levels, the normal distribution, and standard deviation.

The workshop will provide an introduction to statistical tools going beyond these basic concepts, aimed especially at corpus and survey / questionnaire data. The basic statistical methods (such as the *t*-test or the chi*-*square test) were developed for experiments and they are not always suitable for other areas of study, corpus linguistics being a particularly pertinent example.

The workshop will address three broad issues:

- How can statistical methods be used to go beyond the classical “significant / not-significant” question?
- How can we measure the effect of several variables at the same time and assess their relative importance?
- Visualization techniques as a method for analysis

Specifically, the workshop will give an introduction to the following (note that not all topics will be covered extensively):

- Data collection
- Data files
- Software: R
- Specific statistical methods: ordinary and logistic regression; visualization methods such as principal component analysis, multidimensional scaling, correspondence analysis .

**Place**: Room 265, HF-building

**Time**: Thursday 25 November, 0900–1600

**Lecturer**: Gard Buen Jenset (HiB)

**Organised** by the PhD Research school in linguistics and philology at the University of Bergen. As part of the course registration, participants are asked to submit a short (maximum 1000 words) description of their project, covering the following:

- Type(s) of data (i.e. data level(s))
- The amount of data
- Hypotheses (tentative or substantial)
- Overall aims of the project
- Any specific problems or challenges they foresee or struggle with

**Programme**

Thursday 25 November

09.00–12.00: Introduction and practical instruction in the computer lab

12.15–13.00: Lunch

13.15–16.00: Discussion of individual projects

Please sign up by sending an e-mail and the text to Martin Paulsen no later than 15 November, but be aware that we can only take a limited number of participants, and the first to sign up will be given priority.