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LINGUIST 2DD3 STATS FOR LANGUAGE RESEARCH

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Victor Kuperman

Email: vickup@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 626

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 20384

Website:

Office Hours: TBA



Course Objectives:

OBJECTIVES:

This is an introductory course to statistical methods custom-tailored to the needs of language researchers. No prior background in statistics or mathematics (beyond basic algebra) is required, but the course may move quickly through a number of analytical techniques.

METHOD:

This is a hands-on course administered in a computer lab that consists of a combination of lectures and tutorials. Students learn by attending, and participating in lectures and lab sessions, and by completing the assigned readings and assignments.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Course materials

               - There are two textbooks for this course. Butler, Christopher S. (1985). Statistics in Linguistics. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.  While this is an old book, it is an excellent introduction to basic concepts. You can download it free from: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/hlss/llas/statistics-in-linguistics/bkindex.shtml).

               - A second book will be used to introduce R. Verzani, John. (2005). Using R for introductory statistics. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall. Available at the bookstore.

               - Other readings will be made available through links on Avenue. Note that some of those links will only work from campus computers. E-journals can sometimes be accessed from off-campus locations using your McMaster ID and password.

               - The assigned readings must be read before class.


Method of Assessment:

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

               In-class work                                    10%

               Short HW assignments                   20%

               Long HW assignments                    15%

               Midterm test                                    25%

               Final exam                                         30%

 

In-Class Work

               - We will usually have in-class assignments, which you will upload to Avenue at the end of the class.

               - Save your work in R as a text file. On Avenue, go to In-Class Assignments and upload your file to the link of today’s date.

               - These assignments will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

               - This work cannot be made up at a later time: the link will disappear an hour after the class is over.

 

Short Homework Assignments

               - There will be a weekly assignment (under “Homework Assignments”) for most weeks.

               - The short assignment will be available on Avenue on Mondays after class.

               - You will submit your weekly short homework assignment on Avenue by the beginning of the Monday class the week after. This work cannot be made up at a later time.

 

Long Homework Assignments

               - There will be 2 to 3 long homework assignments that build on the knowledge gained over several classes.

               - Due dates are to be announced.

 

Midterm Test

               - The midterm will take place during class (date TBA).

               - If you miss a test, you must contact the instructor by email within 24 hours. You will either write a makeup test or have the weight of the test transferred to the other test, depending on the circumstances.

 

Final Exam

               - There will be a cumulative final exam during exam period. It will be administered in the computer lab. The date is TBA.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Weekly schedule: B stands for chapters in Butler's book V stands for chapters in Verzano's book.

NOTE: The schedule might change in the course of class. Timely notifications will be issued during the class time and/or on Avenue regarding homework, topics and submission dates.

Week

Topic

Long

Assignment

Read before class

1

Introduction

 

B1 (read for Jan 11)

2

Univariate data

Central tendency, dispersion

 

B2, B3

V1, V2.1, V2.2

3

Sampling distributions, sample statistics and population parameters (confidence intervals, standard errors)

 

B4, B5

V5, V7

4

Hypothesis Testing

 

B6, V8

 

5

Bivariate and multivariate statistics & correlation

 

V3, V4

6

Goodness of fit, Chi square

HW1 assigned 

B9, V9

7

Reading week

HW1 due

 

8

***Midterm***

 

 

9

Parametric tests I

HW2 assigned

B7

10

Parametric tests II

HW2 due

B7

11

Non parametric tests

HW3 assigned

B8

12

ANOVA

HW3 due

B10, V11 

13

Regression

 

B11, V10

14

Wrap-up

 

 


Other Course Information:

PLEASE NOTE:

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

Improper collaboration in group work.

Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.