Statistics courses for linguists

I frequently teach (invited) statistics courses for linguists focusing on mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling. The first technique, mixed-effects regression modeling, is the method of choice when analyzing linguistic data where subjects have provided data for multiple items (e.g., reaction times). The second technique, generalized additive (mixed) modeling (GAMs) is important as it allows to model complex non-linear relationships between predictors and the dependent variable (e.g., time-series data such as EEG data). I've been invited to teach these courses at Cambridge, Montréal, Oldenburg, Leiden, Tübingen and Groningen. Slides (which are regularly updated) of these courses can be found here. In addition, together with Jacolien van Rij, I have taught a four-day course at the LSA Institute 2015 on generalized additive modeling. Students (about 20) rated both the content of the course as well as the didactic quality of the teachers with a 9.4 (on a scale from 1 to 10).

If you are interested in this type of statistics course (generally ranging from two to five days), you are welcome to contact me.

Upcoming

Past public (outreach) presentations

  1. Invited workshop presentation at the Taalkunde dag, CSG Guido de Brès, Amersfoort, March 10, 2017.
  2. Speaker at the KEI to your future event, KEI week, Groningen, August 16, 2016.
  3. Taalvariatie en -verandering in Nederland. Invited lecture at the theatre festival Oerol, June 13, 2016, Westerkeyn, Terschelling. [Note that the background photo of this website was made by me just after my presentation at this theatre festival.]
  4. Taalvariatie op de tong. Presentation at NWO's Bessensap, June 10, 2016, De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam.
  5. Het verstrijken van de taal. Presentation (together with John Nerbonne) at the Interscience symposium of De Jonge Akademie about Time, April 4, 2016, 18.00 - 20.00, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam.
  6. Pop up lecture about language variation at the Nacht van de Kunst en Wetenschap, Groningen, June 6, 2015.

Past invited presentations

  1. Invited two-day statistics course at Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition, Toulouse, France, March 30-31, 2017.
  2. Invited speaker at the winter school Speech Production and Perception: Learning and Memory, Chorin, Germany. Presentation title: Analyzing articulatory (or other time series) data using generalized additive modeling, January 9-13, 2017.
  3. Invited speaker at the FLAMES-colloquium "Topics for Spatial Statistics", Leuven, Belgium. Presentation title: Modeling the influence of geography in dialect variation, November 28, 2016.
  4. Investigating language variation quantitatively. Short invited lecture at ESOF2016 where I received the European Young Research Award, Manchester, July 25, 2016
  5. Pronunciation variation on the tip of the tongue. Invited presentation at the BCN Winter meeting, Groningen, February 11, 2016.
  6. Investigating language variation using articulography. Invited guest lecture at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, October 13, 2015.
  7. Generalized additive modeling (2015). Invited three-day statistics course at McGill University, Montréal, Canada (Prof.dr. Karsten Steinhauer), March 20 - 22.
  8. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling (2015). Invited two-day statistics course at the University of Tübingen (Prof.dr. Andrea Weber), Germany, February 9 - 10.
  9. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling (2015). Invited two-day statistics course at the University of Oldenburg (Prof. Esther Ruigendijk), Germany, February 2 - 3.
  10. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling (2015). Invited two-day statistics course at the University of Cambridge, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Dr. Andrew Caines), January 13 - 14.
  11. Methods in Dialectometry (2014). Invited lecture at Gent University (Prof.dr. Jacques Van Keymeulen), October 16.
  12. Comparing pronunciations on the basis of transcriptions and articulography (2014). Invited guest lecture at the Center for Language Studies, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, October 15.
  13. What the tongue can tell us about dialects (2014). Invited presentation at the Frontiers of Language Variation workshop at Methods in Dialectology XV, Groningen, August 11 - 14
  14. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling (2014). Invited two-day statistics course at Leiden University (Dr. Yiya Chen), July 10 and 11.
  15. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling (2014). Invited two-day statistics course at the Department of Dutch (Prof. Esther Ruigendijk) of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, June 30 and July 1.
  16. Introduction to mixed-effects regression for (psycho)linguists. (2013). Invited presentation at the IMS Stuttgart, Germany, December 16.
  17. Integrating traditional dialectology and sociolinguistics: generalized additive modeling (2013). Invited workshop (with Harald Baayen) at NWAV42, Pittsburgh, USA, October 17.
  18. Inducing and using phonetic similarity (2013). Invited presentation (with John Nerbonne) at the Language Diversity Conference, Groningen, July 20.
  19. A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Linguistically Sensitive Dialectal Word Pronunciation Distances (2012). Invited presentation at the Workshop on Computational Approaches to the Study of Dialectal and Typological Variation, ESSLI 2012, Opole, Poland, August 6 - 10.
  20. Mixed-effects regression analyses of eyetracking data (2011). Invited presentation at the Eye-tracking and EEG course week organized by Monika Schmid. University of Groningen, the Netherlands, July 7.

Past conference presentations and guest lectures / summer schools

2015

  1. Determinants of English Accents, Presentation at the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Tübingen, Germany, November 6.
  2. Taalvariatie: patronen in uitspraak en tongbewegingen. Lecture at the De Jonge Akademie meeting, Groningen, September 21, 2015.
  3. Investigating dialectal differences using articulography. Poster presentation at ICPhS 2015, Glasgow, August 10 - 14
  4. Analyzing time series data using generalized additive modeling. Course (together with Jacolien van Rij) at the LSA Institute, Chicago, USA, July 6 - 17.
  5. Measuring foreign accent strength. Guest lecture at the University of Cambridge, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, January 13.

2014

  1. Patterns of language variation. Pitch at the Digital Humanities Day 2014, University of Groningen, October 31.
  2. Gabmap tutorial. Project Woordenboek van de Vlaamse Dialecten, Gent, October 15.
  3. Comparing dialect and accented pronunciations on the basis of transcriptions and articulography. Guest lecture at the Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music, Montréal, Canada, September 18.
  4. Analyzing linguistic time-series data with Generalized Additive Modeling in R: A case study using ERP data. Tutorial at McGill University, Motor Control Laboratory, Montréal, Canada, September 17.
  5. Comparing dialect and accented pronunciations on the basis of transcriptions and articulography. Guest lecture at the Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, USA, September 12.
  6. Generalized Additive Models in R. Colloquium lecture at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, USA, September 9.
  7. Validating and using the PMI-based Levenshtein distance as a measure of foreign accent strength. Poster presentation at Methods in Dialectology XV, Groningen, August 12. [Won one of the two Opas-Hänninen Prizes for the best young scholar's poster in dialectology: download poster]
  8. Accessing large dialect databases on RADAR. Conference presentation (together with Clive Upton) at Methods in Dialectology XV, Groningen, August 11.
  9. Large-scale analysis of articulatory trajectories using Generalized Additive Modeling. Poster presentation at the 10th International Seminar on Speech Production, Cologne, Germany, May 5 - 8. [download poster]
  10. Comparing pronunciations on the basis of transcriptions and articulography. Oral presentation at the Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL London, April 8.

2013

  1. Articulography for studying language variation. Oral presentation at Haskins Lab, Yale, New Haven, USA, October 24.
  2. Articulography for studying language variation. Oral presentation at the lab of Douglas H. Whalen, CUNY, New York, October 16.
  3. A cognitively grounded measure of pronunciation distance (2013). Oral presentation at the Adaptation and implicit learning during linguistic processing workshop, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, September 23.
  4. A cognitively grounded automatic measure of pronunciation distance. Conference presentation at the 5th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, September 12 - 14.
  5. Hierarchical spectral partitioning of bipartite graphs to cluster dialects and identify distinguishing features. Guest lecture at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy, July 17.
  6. Comparing pronunciation on the basis of transcriptions and articulography. Guest lecture at the University of Pisa, Italy, July 16.
  7. Mixed-effects regression and generalized additive modeling in linguistics. One-week advanced hands-on methodology course at the LOT Summer School, Groningen, June 24 - 28.

2012

  1. Lexical Differences between Tuscan Dialects and Standard Italian: A Sociolinguistic Analysis using Generalized Additive Mixed Modeling. Conference presentation at the Leuven Statistics Days, Leuven, Belgium, June 7 - 8.
  2. A quantitative investigation of English accents. Poster presentation at the BCN New Year's Meeting. Groningen, the Netherlands, February 2. [Best poster award: download poster]
  3. Segment distances and foreign accents. Guest lecture at the LOT Winter school, Tiburg, the Netherlands, January 12.

2011

  1. Gabmap tutorial. Guest lecture co-located with the Workshop on comparing approaches to measuring linguistic differences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, October 26.
  2. Inducing a measure of phonetic similarity from dialect variation. Conference presentation at the Workshop on comparing approaches to measuring linguistic differences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, October 24.
  3. A sociolinguistic analysis of aggregate dialect distances. Conference presentation at Methods in Dialectology 14, University of Western Ontario, Canada, August 2.
  4. A sociolinguistic analysis of dialect distances. Poster presentation at the BCN New Year's Meeting. Groningen, the Netherlands, February 17.

2010

  1. On the sublinear distribution of linguistic variation with respect to geography. Conference presentation at the Forum Sprachvariation Workshop, Universität Erlangen, Germany, October 15.
  2. Co-clustering varieties and linguistic features using bipartite spectral graph partitioning. Poster presentation at the Forum Sprachvariation Workshop, Universität Erlangen, Germany, October 14.
  3. Dialectometry and hierarchical bipartite spectral graph partitioning. Guest lecture at the Machine Learning Reading Group of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, September 23.
  4. Text Manipulation in Linux. Guest lecture and lab session at the Computer Science Faculty of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, September 22.
  5. Applying Hidden Markov Models in Transliteration. Guest lecture and lab session at the Computer Science Faculty of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, September 20.
  6. Hidden Markov Models. Guest lecture at the Computer Science Faculty of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, September 20.
  7. Modelling geography’s influence on language variation: calibrating linguistic measurements. Conference presentation at the Cultural Evolution in Spatially Structured Populations Conference, University College London, United Kingdom, September 13.
  8. Dialectometry in Groningen. Guest lecture at the Summer Colloquium of the Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, August 11.
  9. Hierarchical bipartite spectral graph partitioning to cluster dialect varieties and determine their most important linguistic features. Conference presentation at the TextGraphs-5 Workshop at ACL 2010, Uppsala, Sweden, July 16.
  10. A graph-theoretic analysis of English dialects. Conference presentation at the workshop Bloomsday 2010: Echoes of Albion, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, June 16.
  11. On the sublinear distribution of linguistic variation with respect to geography. Conference presentation at the 31st TABU Dag 2010. Groningen, the Netherlands, June 3-4.
  12. On the sublinear distribution of linguistic variation with respect to geography. Presentation at the BCN Retreat. Odoorn, the Netherlands, March 25-26.
  13. Co-clustering varieties and linguistic features using bipartite spectral graph partitioning. Conference presentation at the The 20th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands. Utrecht, the Netherlands, February 5.
  14. Understanding Séguy's law. On the sublinear distribution of linguistic variation with respect to geography. Conference presentation (together with John Nerbonne) at the symposium Past and present processes of dialect convergence. Data and Methods, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, February 4.

2009

  1. Bipartite spectral graph partitioning to co-cluster varieties and sound correspondences in dialectology. Conference presentation at the TextGraphs-4 Workshop at ACL-IJCNLP, Singapore, August 7.
  2. Tools for Detecting Geographical and Structural Affinities. Conference presentation at the Workshop on Small Tools for Cross-Linguistic Research. Utrecht, June 15-16.
  3. Evaluating the pairwise string alignment of pronunciations. Conference presentation at the Workshop on Language Technology and Resources for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. Athens, March 30.
  4. Evaluation of pairwise string alignment methods. Conference presentation at the The 19th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands. Groningen, the Netherlands January 22.

2007

  1. Dialect Pronunciation Comparison using the Goeman-Taeldeman-Van Reenen-Project Data. Conference presentation at the The 17th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands. Leuven, Belgium, January 12.

2005

  1. Parsing partially bracketed input. Conference presentation at the The 16th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands. Amsterdam, December 16.

2004

  1. Gabor filtering augmented with surround inhibition for improved contour detection by texture suppression. Poster presentation at the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Conference on Visual Perception. Budapest, Hungary, August 22-26.