Workshop: Statistics with R
What to consider before you get started and how to get the most out of those data points...
Welcome to our introduction to the world of statistics for linguists. This workshop is targeted at students of linguistics with no prior knowledge of statistics, who would like to use modern quantitative research methods in their own work. Whether you are approaching your BA or MA thesis or whether you just want to dip in your toes and test the waters, we will try to give you a basic understanding of what statistics is all about and what quantitative analyses can add to your projects and also what the limits of statistics are.
In this workshop, we will focus on the following statistical tests: correlation analyses and t-tests. We will show you when to use which test, what requirements to check for, and how to run the appropriate test, once you are sure it’s the one.
We will provide you with sample data, but if you have data from your own project, feel free to bring it along to play around with. For the practical parts, we would advise you to have either RStudio or SPSS on your computer. Ideally, try opening a file in whatever programme you choose to work with before the workshop and get yourself aquainted with the layout of the programme.
A big part of the workshop will be for your own projects and questions. If you are planning to run an experiment or analyse someone else's data and don't know where to start, feel free to bring all your uncertainties to the table! If you feel like your question is too complicated for spontaneous discussion, you are welcome to email us before the workshop to give us some time to prepare.
(Note: We will not teach you how to use these programmes in general but rather show how to run particular tests in them.)