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Topics in Linguistics E: Introduction to descriptive statistics and programming in R for Linguists


Admission requirements

Math C (wiskunde C) within the Dutch high school system is assumed.


In this one block course you will be introduced to descriptive statistics and the statistical computing language R within an experimental linguistics context.

In this course students will get familiar with basic concepts in methodology and descriptive statistics necessary to conduct research in experimental linguistics such as the empirical cycle, central tendency and variability, the normal distribution, relationships between variables and describing and explaining variance, and how to apply these concepts in R.

By the end of the course, you will be able to use R for simple and more complex data and functions, use R for data visualization, know how to program in R and to use R for descriptive

By the end of the course the student will know how to use R for these basic operations and have laid a solid foundation for more advanced data analysis in R

Course objectives

Learning goal 1: student is able to describe basic concepts in descriptive statistics

Learning goal 2: student is able to use R and to use R for basic descriptive statistics


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and workgroups

Assessment method

Weekly lectures + workgroups

Weekly assignments + practical exam

At least 5 out of 6 assignments need to be handed in before the deadline and need to be of sufficient quality in order to be eligible for participation in the exam
The exam consists of practical exercises and interpretation of results. The exam score needs to be sufficient to pass the course


Resit: students who fail the exam may resit the exam, assignments can not be resited

inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

-Field, Miles, & Field (2012). Discovering statistics using R. Sage: London.
-Links to additional literature will be provided on brightspace


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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