Who Brian Dillon
When 10:45AM-12:05 Mondays & Wednesdays: Live coding sessions.
The goal of this course is to provide an intensive introduction to the quantitative analysis of linguistic data. There are three main course objectives:
- Learn to use the statistical programming environment R, and RStudio.
- Introduce the fundamentals of the quantitative analysis of linguistic data.
- Introduce the fundamentals of inferential statistics.
Across nearly all fields of linguistics, linguists use quantitative methods to summarize and communicate key features of their data. The goal of this course is to develop the basics of those quantitative tools. The tools we will develop in this class are intended to be general enough to be useful no matter what form your specific research takes, from corpus work to experimental psycholinguistics.
Our primary tool for doing this will be the R programming language, and RStudio. descriptive statistics that help you explore and understand the structure of a data set. We will also spend a good amount of time discussing inferential statistics, or formal techniques that allow you to draw inferences that go beyond a set of data you’ve collected.
This course is an entirely remote class, structured as a ‘flipped’ classroom. This means that I will prepare lectures for you to watch, create lecture notes to accompany these short videos, and identify material for you to read each week. I will post videos and lecture notes by Thursday night each week. I will endeavor to keep videos very brief and focused: No more then 10 minutes a piece.
We have two meetings each week, beginning at 10:45AM Eastern Time. We will use these meeting times as ‘flipped’ course sessions, meaning that we will meet live during the class time to work on course assignments together. I will be present during these meetings to answer questions that you may have about the readings and the lectures, and discuss the course material with you. You will have one-two weekly workbooks that will comprise about 2-4 hours of work a week. The goal of these workbooks is to give you worked, hands-on assignments to practice and master the material.
Otherwise, course videos and lecture notes will be linked below.
Course replication experiment
The capstone project in the course is a replication experiment. We will select one experiment to replicate in class.
This current situation isn’t normal for anyone, so I have designed this course so that it allows you to attend when you can, and go at your own pace, assuming that we are all struggling in various ways this semester.
There are two formal requirements of this course this semester:
- That you complete the assigned R coding workbooks by by the end of the semester, 12/4/2020. You may skip two notebooks without any excuse, although I do ask that you let me know if you are choosing to skip a workbook. If you need to skip more than that, please let me know as soon as you can, and we can work together to find a satisfactory set of coursework to meet your current needs.
- That you participate in developing, running, and writing up the in-class replication experiment.
R workbooks should be turned in to me via email.
Beyond these requirements, I do not expect you to attend every class session. Come when you can, but please feel free to work on your own, at your own pace, as you see fit. If you are having a hard time keeping up with the course, please get in touch with me as soon as possible so we can find a way to help you navigate this semester.