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Thu May 18 2000

Confs: An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics

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  1. Fiona J. Tweedie, "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"

Message 1: "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"

Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 14:13:55 +0100 (BST)
From: Fiona J. Tweedie <>
Subject: "An Introduction to Statistics in Linguistics"



 Department of Statistics 
 University of Glasgow, UK
 18-21 July 2000

 Call for Registration

In recent years techniques from disciplines such as computer science,
artificial intelligence and statistics have found their way into the
pages of journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics,
Literary and Linguistic Computing and Computers and the
Humanities. The two previous CIMQL workshops have had invited speakers
presenting their own work in these areas, but in response to
participant demand, the third CIMQL workshop will be devoted to
introductory methods in Statistics.

The workshop is designed to introduce the participants to statistical
techniques in a practical environment. Time will be spent in
traditional lectures as well as working with statistical software on
examples taken from linguistics and literature. The presenters, Fiona
Tweedie and Lisa Lena Opas-Hanninen, have experience of teaching this
material to a wide variety of students from European countries. Their
aim in this workshop is to enable the participants to return to their
home institutions able to carry out these techniques in the course of
their own research.

Topics covered will include:
* Introduction; Basic approaches and vocabulary,
* Summary statistics and displaying data,
* Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; differences in 
 means and proportions,
* Tests of Association - Chi-square test, correlation
* Linear Regression; One-way Analysis of Variance.

The workshop will be held in the Boyd-Orr building of the University
of Glasgow, commencing on Tuesday 18 July at 1pm. The workshop
sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday 19 July,
Thursday 20 July and the morning of Friday 21 July. There will
also be a half day tour on the Friday afternoon and a reception in
the Hunterian Art Gallery on Tuesday evening.

Accommodation has been arranged in university accommodation. The
reception, tea and coffee, lunches on 19, 20 and 21 July and evening
meals on 18, 19 and 20 July are included in the registration fee. The
registration fee, until 1 May, is GBP200.00 and GBP150.00 for
students. Participants who are also attending the ALLC/ACH Conference,
21-25 July are eligible for a discount in the ALLC/ACH registration fees.

For more information about the workshop and to register, please
consult the web site at, or send
email to the conference organisers at
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