The Statistics for Linguistics workshop initially started as a satellite event to the Forensic Linguistics Short Course. When the Diversity in Linguistics association was founded, it was decided to make the workshop a recurring standalone event. Previously, the workshop took place as a weekly tutorial and as part of an international summer school.
The Statistics for Linguistics workshop introduces general ideas and methods of statistics. Topics discussed include data visualization and inferential statistical methods, e.g. linear regression and linear mixed effects models. In the applied half of this course, participants will use R, a free software environment for statistical computing, and RStudio in hands-on exercises covering all theoretical aspects under discussion. Previous knowledge of the R programming language is not required. Previous knowledge of statistics is required for some editions of the workshop.
Dominic Schmitz is postdoc at the Department for English Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. His work covers the semantics of generic masculines and pronouns in German and English, sound symbolism, and the interaction of morphology, phonology and phonetics in production, perception and comprehension. He completed his PhD in English Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in August 2022. Dominic has taught several courses and workshops on statistics for linguistics since 2018.
Janina Esser is a mathematician and author of mathematical non-fiction literature. She specialized in business mathematics and has specialized knowledge in analysis, linear algebra, mathematical programming, numerical analysis, and stochastics. Janina studied at TU Dortmund University, Germany, and at University of Cologne, Germany. She taught several courses and workshops on statistics for linguistics side by side with Dominic.